Digging Deeper: Accused officer's pension payout
PAWTUCKET, R.I. —
As a veteran police officer, Ken Provost was on the job, patrolling the streets of Pawtucket for more than 30 years.
Provost was arrested and charged for stealing more than $600 worth of gasoline from city pumps for his own personal use.
The NBC 10 I-Team reported that investigators say Provost was caught on surveillance video several times over a three-month period.
On Friday, Provost submitted paperwork to retire from the department.
According to the public safety commissioner, the city will have to make a one-time payout to Provost for unused vacation, holiday and sick time totaling $46,680.
As for annual payments, Provost's pension amounts to $39,529 a year. Health and dental benefits are another $18,000 a year.
The public safety commissioner told NBC 10 the city would like to go after Provost's benefits. However, the City Council would have to move to revoke his pension which is something Provost could fight in court.
Provost was scheduled to be in court Wednesday for a pre-trial conference.
However, state police said it was a scheduling error and he's due back in court sometime soon.