An NBC 10 I-Team investigation has uncovered a questionable practice involving two retired Providence firefighters and two Providence police officers. They are collecting tax-free disability pensions from the city, while working full time in jobs that are related to their former employment.
The I-Team's review of pension records from the city of Providence shows retired firefighters Vincent Quinterno and Michael Macaruso collecting tax-free disability pensions, while both men hold full-time jobs at the State Fire Marshal's office.
Quinterno is collecting a disability pension of $6,161.54 a month, while getting a state salary of $59,523.20 for his job at the State Fire Marshal's office.
Macaruso is collecting a disability pension of $3,295.52 a month, while getting a state salary of $38,676.00 for his job at the State Fire Marshal's office.
"I would have gladly stayed on (in the Providence Fire Department) in another capacity with the city, but the policy says either you're a firefighter or you're not. They told me I couldn't stay," Macaruso said.
Quinterno referred the I-Team to his lawyer, who didn't return phone calls.
Retired Providence police officer Patty Ladevaia collects a tax free disability pension of $3,163.56 a month, but works full time as an armed security officer at Twin River Casino in Lincoln. Her salary at Twin River was not available.
Raymond Boccanfuso, also a retired Providence Police officer, collects a tax-free disability pension of $3,205.05 a month and he also worked as an armed security officer at the Twin River Casino. A representative for Twin River said Boccanfuso left Twin River in 2010; a reason was not given.
"I know the perception. It looks wrong, it feels wrong," Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said.
Pare said he knows there is abuse in the city's pension system but stopped short of saying the people mentioned in this story were in fact abusing their pension status.
"But we'll look at these people and any others we're aware of that perform their tasks working in a second career that's similar to a police officer or firefighter," Pare said.
Pare said there's a big difference in the scope of jobs like police officer and firefighter, and working as a security officer or in an administrative role at the State Fire Marshal's office.