ERIE, Pa. -- A retired Pennsylvania Superior Court judge will not forfeit his $82,000 annual pension for the insurance fraud that landed him in federal prison for 46 months.
The Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System has determined Michael Joyce's $440,000 insurance fraud conviction wasn't related to his public employment.
Mr. Joyce began serving his sentence at a minimum-security federal prison in West Virginia in April.
The 60-year-old Mr. Joyce was convicted in November of mail fraud and money laundering for allegedly exaggerating neck and back injuries to collect $440,000 in insurance claims stemming from a fender bender in August 2001.
Federal prosecutors are still seeking to forfeit Mr. Joyce's home because they say he used some of the money to pay for it.