IOWA CITY, Iowa: Last Monday, Judge Robert Pratt granted the Federal government’s petition to seize the $2,700 monthly pension of Ramona Cunningham. Cummingham is serving a seven-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2008 for her part in misspending an approximate $2.5 million in Iowa public funds on excessive salaries and bonuses for administrators of the Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium between 2003 and 2006.
Judge Pratt ruled that the full 100% of Cummingham’s pension can be seized by the Federal government wile she is in prison, but that it would have be reduced to 25% upon her release. The money will be put towards the $1.65 million restitution that she and a co-defendant have been ordered to pay. To date, Cummingham has only paid $1,111 towards the restitution, even though she has received over $153,000 in pension payments while incarcerated. Cummingham’s attorneys have resisted any move by the government to seize her pension.