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Jul 26, 2013 12:57 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Lawsuit: Use of retiree money unconstitutional

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's adult probation and parole officers are asking a judge to declare a piece of 2012 legislation unconstitutional. They want a judge to order the return of several million dollars swept into the state's general fund from a retirement fund for the officers.

The Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association contends in a lawsuit that the fees collected and maintained in the Adult Probation and Parole Officer Retirement Fund "were dedicated for the limited and specific purpose of funding enhanced retirement benefits of adult probation and parole officers."

Baton Rouge lawyer Walter Smith III, who is representing the association of probation and parole officers, tells The Advocate the bill resulted in $3.7 million being swept last year into the state's general fund from the retirement fund.

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