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Teacher Sued Over Retirement Pay

October 2, 1999

BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts is suing a retired Cape Cod teacher who was overpaid $814,950 in retirement benefits and never offered to give the money back, the state attorney general said Friday.

The overpayments to Joan L. Phillips, 74, were discovered two months ago after an audit of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board.

``Over nine years, the state overpaid Mrs. Phillips hundreds of thousands of dollars she should not have accepted. It is a loss of the public’s money,″ Attorney General Thomas Reilly said.

Mrs. Phillips, reached at her home Friday, said: ``There have been accusations made and I don’t think I have to stand it. I really have nothing to say. I’m just so confused.″

Mrs. Phillips, who retired in 1980, was receiving $754 a month in benefits until 1990, when her check bumped up incorrectly to $8,394, the attorney general said. Records show that over the nine-year period, Phillips received $905,486, nearly ten times the amount she was due.

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