Pensions, other benefits get more scrutiny
RALEIGH -- This year, state legislators put in place a law that limits the pension benefits of any state or local government employee who is convicted of a felony related to the employee's job.
That law, though, wasn't enough to prevent former New Hanover County ABC administrator Billy Williams from collecting some of the most lucrative government retirement benefits in the state.
Williams is getting about $195,000 in annual retirement benefits despite a felony conviction for obtaining property by false pretenses, according to the Wilmington Star-News.
That makes his pension the seventh-highest in the state among those receiving benefits from the system, the newspaper reported.
The law that limits benefits, allowing beneficiaries involved in a job-related felony to collect only their own ...