Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Indicted Police Inspector Will Seek City Pension

Daniel Castro, the Philadelphia Police Department inspector indicted Nov. 5 on federal charges for allegedly hiring a "collector" to use strong-arm tactics to recoup $90,000 lost in a real estate deal, told the city yesterday that he wants to retire and collect his pension. Castro, who pleaded not guilty in an arraignment last week, has 25 years, seven months and 22 days of service in the department as of today. He also has an appointment in early December to complete his retirement paperwork with the city's Board of Pensions and Retirement.

Indicted Police Inspector Will Seek City Pension

0 comments
Castro
Castro

Daniel Castro, the Philadelphia Police Department inspector indicted Nov. 5 on federal charges for allegedly hiring a "collector" to use strong-arm tactics to recoup $90,000 lost in a real estate deal, told the city yesterday that he wants to retire and collect his pension.  Castro, who pleaded not guilty in an arraignment last week, has 25 years, seven months and 22 days of service in the department as of today. He also has an appointment in early December to complete his retirement paperwork with the city's Board of Pensions and Retirement.

Mayor Nutter today took a wait-and-see approach to Castro, who is paid $97,015 per year by the Police Department.  "We'll see what happens as it works its way through the system but I believe you cannot legally stop someone from retiring," Nutter said. "They have a right to walk in and file their papers."

That doesn't mean Castro will get to keep his pension, Nutter added.  "If there is a conviction, the law provides, given the nature of the criminal activity and…you did it as part of your job, the pension can be taken away," Nutter said. "So that story is far from over. You have seen pensions taken away from public officials who were convicted of wrong-doing."

That doesn't always work.  The city revoked the pension of former City Councilman Rick Mariano, who was recently released from federal prison after serving six years for a corruption conviction.  The city is appealing a ruling by a Common Pleas Court judge in June that Mariano's contributions to his pension were improperly confiscated.

More coverage
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
 Follow William on Twitter

David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
 Follow David on Twitter

PhillyClout Team
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter