Gandhi Lora, Convicted Sex Offender, Still Collects $7,200-Per-Month MDPD Pension

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via Florida Sex Offender Registry
Gandhi Lora
Seven years ago, an ex-Miami-Dade cop named Gandhi Lora was convicted of producing and possessing dozens of kiddie porn images, sent to prison, and forced to register as a sex offender. Today he's not only free but also still earning a $7,200-per-month pension from the MDPD.

Lora is just one of hundreds of ex-officers statewide who still receive pensions despite serious criminal convictions, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported in an investigation this morning. In all, MDPD has paid more than a half-million bucks to Lora since his conviction.

The problem, the Herald-Tribune reports, is that pension laws are so strong for Florida cops that it's often almost impossible to cut off their postcareer payouts -- even if they're convicted of serious felonies.

Take Lora. The veteran cop was arrested in 2003 after nearly three decades on the force when Ohio investigators caught him sending pornographic photos of a 12-year-old through an AOL chat site. Lora's computer was found to have dozens of such images.

Lora is now a free man living in Fort Lauderdale -- though he's required to register in the state's sex offender list. And MDPD is paying him $86,000 a year.

"It's mind-boggling," state Sen. Mike Bennett, a Bradenton Republican, tells the paper regarding Lora's pension payouts. "It's something that we have to get fixed."

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dmouniche
dmouniche

How disgusting. I remember how shy he was in six grade and how much I liked him. He had such a nice family. I'm sure they are so ashamed. And his victims. I feel so bad for them. The money should go to them and to help pass a bill to get people like him off the streets forever!

Amelie
Amelie

I say let him keep his pension, just as if he weren't a pedophiliac, degenerate monster. Then, locate the victims whose pain he got pleasure or benefit from, and help them to sue him. The more assets he has for them to take away, the better.

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

in almost all states if you commit a felony or a high misdemeanor, ,and you are a current police officer, emt/paramedic, or a firefighter or a government official, wiether elected or hired, and are convicted, you automatically lose your pension and benefits, and barred from holding public office or a government job in the state where you were convicted.for life. New Jersey is one of them 

RC
RC

Whats mind-boggling is the fact that this worthless human being is not  in prison. What is wrong with you people? Who cares about his salary?  Risking his life to serve the community, PLEASE.!! I'm sure his CHILD PORNOGRAPHY habit didn't develope just as he retired. His pension should be used to locate the poor helpless children on his computer as well as the animals who posted the pictures.

kimbev69
kimbev69

That right there is bullshit and thats some amazing pension

Guest
Guest

Wake up Florida lawmakers.. Write a bill that will put an end to this madness!!!!

Tim
Tim

Simply go through the State's Legislature and increase the amount for fines in these types of felonies or for all felonies.

The state, could also, enact rules that state pensions end if a person commits high felony.  Of course, it wouldn't be able to be grandfathered in this case.

That won't most likely go towards dealing with this perv, but the state, perhaps acting to sue him for damages, might, be able to win some of his money.  It would take work and some creativity, but if they could ID just one of the kids (now grown up) in the photos he had, perhaps they could pursue it that way.

michaelengadget
michaelengadget

This is a stupid article. So he's a sex offender and you do not want him to get his pension? Sen. Mike Bennett is an Idiot. Leave the man alone. He earned his money. 

Gandhi Lora   go and sin no more

NJN
NJN

Just fyi the department doesn't pay his pension, it the FRS.

Christinabetit
Christinabetit

anyone convicted of a felony who is or was a public employee should lose their pension

Prophit
Prophit

They're paying for the crimes they've committed.Receiving a pension for the service they provided is part of the contract they made with the force. One has nothing to do with the other. If their pension is taken away due to their crimes that means others who maybe innocent will suffer worse fates. That will just add to the problem, everyone knows that once your in the system its hard to get a decent job and live like an upstanding citizen.Most of these people go back into society and commit crimes.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

The pension is the result of "nearly three decades on the force", besides, a chunk of the money he's getting represents what was paid in by him all these years and the earnings of the investments. If this is going to be confiscated because of his crime, then we need to apply this to everybody convicted of a crime. I'm not sure people are going to be very agreeable to that.

jorge
jorge

its not mind-boggling that he still collects pension after risking his life to serve his community - even though he himself was found to be a criminal afer retiring). what is mind-boggling is that a department that continually cries about budget cuts can pay anyone $86k a year, after their service is complete. the government is soooooo out of touch!

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

but because he retired before he was tried and convicted for the crime, they have to pay him his pension. in some states if a lawsuit is filed against you and you lose the suit, they can go after your assets except for your government paid pensions. and social security. 

JohnWaynesMangirdle
JohnWaynesMangirdle

And do it for everyone, not just government employees. Make sure that people know when they accept a career, that once they retire they could lose their pension based on their post-career behavior. You know, the time of their life that has nothing to do with their good and faithful service.

Punishment for crime is prison. Not all the extra things you can think of to make their life miserable. If the crime is bad enough, enact laws that put them away forever, so they don't spend their pension. Sometimes that money supports an otherwise law-abiding family.

JohnWaynesMangirdle
JohnWaynesMangirdle

It must be nice to make sweeping judgements that would create a more chaotic society. If your decree was followed, an entirely new class of citizens would be created that had nothing to lose and would start their new career on your block.

michaelengadget
michaelengadget

Very stupid. Typical shallow minded logic. So if one makes a mistake, serves time they should lose their pension too? Do you know this could lead to more violent robberies and home invasions?

Illicitgaines
Illicitgaines

One mistake? you ARE an IDIOT! ....A Cop? ....makes a "mistake"? Thats not a mistake...Its a CRIME! for which he was paid handsomely to keep others from doing. Do YOU KNOW....this could lead to your kids getting molested or RAPED??

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