Milwaukee, WI - Jenna Aleman, the widow of fallen hero Milwaukee County Deputy Sergio Aleman, is on the hook for $140,000 that the county says they accidentally overpaid her.
In July 2012, Milwaukee County Deputy Sergio Aleman was killed when he was rear-ended by a flatbed truck on I-43. Deputy Aleman left behind a widow and five children.
According to Fox6Now, the county may now be taking away Deputy Aleman's survivorship pension.
"She's already suffered the loss of her husband so this is insult to injury," Theodore Lipscomb, chairman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, told Fox6Now. "This should have not happened to them or anyone else."
A county administrative error resulted in overpayment of pension benefits by $140,000 over the past 5 years. The County retirement director was told about the error years ago, but failed to correct the issue.
As far as Jenna Aleman knew, she was receiving the standard survivorship pension, and would have had no reason to save $140,000 in overpayments. However, it appears that she is going to be responsible for paying back the overpaid funds.
County Executive Chris Abele released a statement:
“To say I am disappointed that this error occurred to anyone, let alone the widow of a heroic public servant, is an understatement. This was a tragic mistake that could have financially devastating consequences. My heart goes out to the Aleman family. I’ve also held accountable the individual responsible for not taking timely action to correct this error.
“Moving forward, our priority is on conducting a comprehensive, independent audit of the system to ensure that this kind of error won’t happen again.”
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