Limitations on receiving pension; violation; classification; reemployment after severance; reinstatement of service credits; reemployment of retired member or member with a disability; definition




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0215.doc - 512R - 201438-849.  Limitations on receiving pension; violation; classification; reemployment after severance; reinstatement of service credits; reemployment of retired member or member with a disability; definition

A.  If a member is convicted of, or discharged because of, theft, embezzlement, fraud or misappropriation of an employer's property or property under the control of the employer, the member shall be subject to restitution and fines imposed by a court of competent jurisdiction. The court may order the restitution or fines to be paid from any payments otherwise payable to the member from the retirement system.

B.  A person who knowingly makes any false statement or who falsifies or permits to be falsified any record of the system with an intent to defraud the system is guilty of a class 5 felony.  If any change or error in the records results in any member or beneficiary receiving from the system more or less than the member or beneficiary would have been entitled to receive had the records been correct, the local board shall correct such error, and as far as practicable shall adjust the payments in such manner that the actuarial equivalent of the benefit to which such member or beneficiary was correctly entitled shall be paid.  If a member is convicted of a crime specified in this subsection, section 13 713 applies.

C.  If a member who received a severance refund on termination of employment pursuant to section 38 846.02 becomes reemployed with the same employer within two years after the former member's termination date, the member may have forfeited credited service attributable to service rendered during a prior period of service as an employee restored on satisfaction of each of the following conditions:

1.  The member files with the system a written application for reinstatement of forfeited credited service within ninety days after again becoming an employee.

2.  The retirement fund is paid the total amount previously withdrawn pursuant to section 38 846.02 plus compound interest from the date of withdrawal to the date of repayment. Interest shall be computed at the rate of nine per cent for each year compounded each year from the date of withdrawal to the date of repayment. Forfeited credited service shall not be restored until complete payment is received by the fund.

3.  The required payment is completed within one year after returning to employee status.

D.  If a member who received a severance refund on termination of employment, as provided in section 38 846.02, is subsequently reemployed by an employer, the member's prior service credits shall be cancelled and service shall be credited only from the date the member's most recent reemployment period commenced.  However, a present active member of the system who forfeited credited service, received a severance refund pursuant to section 38 846.02 and becomes reemployed with the same employer two years or more after the member's termination date or becomes reemployed with another employer may elect to redeem any part of that forfeited credited service by paying into the system any amounts required pursuant to this subsection.  A present active member who elects to redeem any part of forfeited credited service for which the member is deemed eligible by the board shall pay into the system the amounts previously paid or transferred to the member as a severance refund plus an amount, computed by the system's actuary that is necessary to equal the increase in the actuarial present value of projected benefits resulting from the redemption calculated using the actuarial methods and assumptions prescribed by the system's actuary. On satisfaction of this obligation the member's prior service credits shall be reinstated.

E.  If a retired member becomes reemployed in any capacity by the employer from which the member retired before one year from the date of retirement or in the same position at any time following retirement:

1.  The following apply:

(a)  Within ten days after the retired member is reemployed, the local board shall advise the system in writing of the retired member's reemployment.

(b)  The system shall not make pension payments to the retired member during the period of reemployment.

(c)  Employee contributions shall not be made on the retired member's account, nor shall any service be credited during the period of reemployment. On subsequent termination of employment by the retired member, the retired member is entitled to receive a pension based on the member's service and compensation before the date of the member's reemployment.  The employer shall pay the alternate contribution rate pursuant to section 38 843.05.

2.  Paragraph 1, subdivisions (a) and (b) of this subsection do not apply if either:

(a)  The retired member becomes reemployed after sixty consecutive days from the member's retirement date as a result of participating in an open competitive new hire process for an entry level, nonsupervisory position, except if the retired member is hired for the same position.

(b)  The retired member is hired as a fire inspector or arson investigator.

F.  If a retired member is assigned voluntary duties acting as a limited authority peace officer, pursuant to the Arizona peace officer standards and training board rules, employee contributions shall not be made on the retired member's account, and any service shall not be credited during the period of reemployment.  The employer shall not pay the alternate contribution rate pursuant to section 38 843.05.

G.  If after one year from the date of retirement a retired member becomes reemployed by the employer from which the member retired in a position other than the same position from which the member retired, employee contributions shall not be made on the retired member's account, and any service shall not be credited during the period of reemployment.  The employer shall pay the alternate contribution rate pursuant to section 38 843.05.

H.  At any time following retirement, if the retired member becomes employed by an employer, other than the employer from which the member retired, in a position ordinarily filled by an employee of an eligible group, employee contributions shall not be made on the retired member's account, and any service shall not be credited during the period of reemployment.  The employer shall pay the alternate contribution rate pursuant to section 38 843.05.

I.  If a member who retired under an accidental or ordinary disability becomes reemployed as an employee of an eligible group, section 38 844 applies and a determination shall be made by the local board as to whether subsection E, F, G or H of this section applies.

J.  The local board shall review all reemployment determinations and voluntary assignments as described in subsection F of this section. If the local board or the system is not provided the necessary information required by the system to make a reemployment determination, the local board and the system shall suspend pension payments until information is received and a determination is made regarding whether the reemployment meets the requirements of subsection E, F, G, H or I of this section.

K.  A person who defrauds the system or who takes, converts, steals or embezzles monies owned by or from the system and who fails or refuses to return the monies to the system on the board's written request is subject to civil suit by the system in the superior court in Maricopa county. On entry of an order finding the person has defrauded the system or taken, converted, stolen or embezzled monies owned by or from the system, the court shall enter an order against that person and for the system awarding the system all of its costs and expenses of any kind, including attorney fees, that were necessary to successfully prosecute the action. The court shall also grant the system a judicial lien on all of the nonexempt property of the person against whom judgment is entered pursuant to this subsection in an amount equal to all amounts awarded to the system, plus interest at the rate prescribed by section 44 1201, until all amounts owed are paid to the system.

L.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the board may offset against any benefits otherwise payable by the system to an active or retired member or survivor any court ordered amounts awarded to the board and system and assessed against the member or survivor.

M.  For the purposes of this section, "same position" means a position in which the member performs substantially similar duties that were performed and exercises substantially similar authority that was exercised by the retired member before retirement. 0215.doc - 512R - 2014


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