Senator wants felons off the payroll faster

Still miffed that the Pentagon kept a convicted felon (who was a law enforcement officer) on the payroll long enough for him to qualify for a juicier government retirement package, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has introduced a bill to send such folks packing.

The object of Grassley's scorn is Larry Hollingsworth, a former executive of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service who confessed to stealing the identity of a dead man and then applying for a U.S. passport in his name. Hollingsworth was convicted of passport fraud in March 1996 but was allowed to hang around until his 50th birthday in September of that year-a little favor that netted him an extra $750,000 in retirement pay, according to Grassley.

If Hollingsworth had been removed from office immediately upon his conviction, he would have had to wait until age 62 to collect retirement checks.

The bill is S. 2404.

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