A Binghamton law firm will pay $100,000 to the state and agree to help authorities in their probe of the firmâ€™s founder, John Hogan, after Attorney General Andrew Cuomo found lawyers were inappropriately receiving state pensions from school districts.Cuomo announced settlements today with the Binghamton law firm Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, Surowka & DeWind LLP and an Albany firm over private attorneys who were listed as school employees in order to receive public pensions and other perks.
Overall, the deal includes a $600,000 settlement with Hogan, Sarzynski and Girvin & Ferlazzo, the Albany firm.
â€œBoth of these firms engaged in long-term schemes that cost New Yorkâ€™s taxpayers and warped the very laws their attorneys were supposedly expert in,â€ Cuomo said.
Cuomo said that the settlement with Hogan, Sarzynski ends the firmâ€™s practice of listing attorneys on the payrolls of its various school district and BOCES clients. Lawyers were receiving health insurance and pension credits, going back as far as 1967 with Hogan himself.
Cuomo said that between 1967 and 2000, Hogan was improperly listed as an â€œemployeeâ€ of as many as six different school districts and BOCES simultaneously.
So based on Hoganâ€™s final average salary reported to the stateâ€™s pension system was calculated at $138,693, allowing him to receive a yearly pension as high as $91,752.
Since 2000, Hogan has collected approximately $500,000 in pension benefits, Cuomo said.