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Convicted ex-NY senate leader looks to collect $95K in annual pension

Former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center, arrives at federal court in New York, Dec. 11, 2015.
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Former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center, arrives at federal court in New York, Dec. 11, 2015.

Dean Skelos, former leader of the New York state Senate, has filed the paperwork to begin collecting a state pension of up to $95,000 per year, according to NBC New York.

There's just one problem—he's a convict.

Earlier this month, a jury found Skelos guilty of using his influence to arrange payments and jobs for his son Adam, who was also convicted. The ruling unseated the Long Island Republican from the legislature but it didn't expel him from eligibility for benefits due to his 35 years of public service.

In fact, in 2011, lawmakers had voted to withhold pensions of corrupt or convicted officials, however, that change does not apply to state officials who entered the pension system before that year.

Read NBC New York's full report on Dean Skelos here.