The lawmaker turned felon “doesn’t have the money to survive,” a Friday court filing says. He “literally has no liquid funds to pay for normal necessary monthly living expenses, such as electricity, food, gasoline and insurance.”
The disclosure comes just 10 days after Uresti asked a judge to make taxpayers pick up the legal tab for the appeal of his conviction on 11 felony charges.
In an interview last month at the time he announced his resignation from the
The Texas Employee Retirement System (ERS)”refuses to issue any checks” to Uresti, his filing says. The agency won’t do so without court permission because of a
ERS wants the
Yawn, however, said state elected officials are eligible to retire and start collecting a pension with either eight years of service at age 60 or 12 years of service at age 50.
Annuities for eligible elected officials are based on a district judge’s salary of $140,000, Yawn added. Retirees receive 2.3 percent of that salary for each year of eligible service credit obtained.
Participants may also purchase “credit” for their military service to boost their pension. It couldn’t be determined if Uresti, a former Marine, did so. But he is asking the court for approval to purchase credit for the remaining six months of this year — at a cost of less than $350. It appears that by doing that, Uresti would add about $1,600 a year to his pension.
If Uresti gets court approval to start receiving his state pension, what he actually ends up with may be significantly less than what he earned.
For starters, according to federal statutes, the government could garnish 25 percent of his pension (after deductions) as restitution for his victims. Prosecutors have not indicated whether they will seek a portion of the pension, however.
Uresti’s former wife,
The ex-lawmaker wants court authority to finalize their divorce so that their “community property and related issues can be divided equitably,” his court filing says. ERS can’t the determine the amount each will receive from his pension until a “qualified domestic relations order” is entered in the divorce case.
A state law that took effect last year bars lawmakers convicted of certain felonies from receiving their government pension, but it doesn’t to apply to Uresti because his crimes aren’t covered by the law.
Uresti was convicted of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, among other charges, for his involvement in FourWinds Logistics, which went bankrupt in 2015. The law covers such crimes as bribery, embezzlement and abuse of official capacity. Even if his crimes were covered under the law, they occurred before the law took effect.
McCrum wanted to represent Uresti in his appeal, but that request was denied by
Uresti has been trying to sell some of his assets, most notably his
Uresti remains free, awaiting an October trial involving bribery charges in an unrelated case. He has denied the charges. He’s scheduled to begin serving his prison sentence when that trial is completed.
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