Retirement board approves settlement agreement with Burnham family

Burnham was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from police evidence room

Former Springfield Police Officer Kevin Burnham is seen here during his arraignment in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  The Springfield Retirement Board has approved a settlement agreement made between the City of Springfield and Kevin Burnham’s family.

Under the agreement, the retirement board will pay to the city roughly $74,000.

The decision was made Wednesday afternoon after the board tried to decide whether or not to revoke the pension of the former police officer who died while facing larceny charges.

Former Springfield Police Officer Kevin Burnham was accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from the police evidence room. He took his own life before his case went to trial.

Burnham’s pension could be taken from family

Chairman of the Retirement Board Thomas Scanlon has said that the city can still seek restitution. There are provisions to recoup money in instances where there has been a criminal conviction or misappropriation of funds.

Scanlon said the board would be looking into pursuing the misappropriation of funds because Burnham was never convicted of a crime.

He also said that both Burnham’s family and the city would be invited to present information and witnesses before they make a final decision this evening.

The board will also hear a report from their attorney before taking a final vote on Burnham’s pension.

Burnham was the longest-serving member of the Springfield Police Department at the time of his retirement.

 

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