FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sgt. State Investigator Robert W. Kent hit a million dollar jackpot. Kent didn't win a lottery; he is a double-dipper playing the New Jersey State Pension game.
For the past 22 years, Kent has collected two sets of checks from the state. At age 74, he currently receives a $100,000 salary plus $59,000 in retirement pay a year, though he “retired” for less than a week.
Kent is one of 23 current investigators and supervisors who pocketed nearly $14 million in pension pay in addition to their salaries from the Attorney General, a New Jersey Watchdog investigation found.
On average, each officer has collared nearly $600,000 in retirement pay while in the employ of the Attorney General. Since its initial investigative report, New Jersey Watchdog obtained records of their cumulative pension totals.
The 23 employees, now under Paula T. Dow, continue to get state pension checks at a rate of $1.5 million a year. Dow's office did not respond to a request for comment.