By Sandra Emerson
Created: 08/09/2012 05:10:43 PM PDT
UPLAND — Although former Mayor John Pomierski has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for accepting a bribe from an Upland business owner, he is still entitled to lifetime medical benefits through the city.
Pomierski became eligible for the benefit when he resigned in February 2011, He can receive up to $810 in medical care monthly.
The city is still researching how the benefit can be used while he is in prison.
“We’re going down a road, and I don’t know what is right and what is fair,” said Mayor Ray Musser.
“We have to go down that road and whatever it is we have to follow through on. Does make sense that we pay this and federal government taking care of him? That’s wrong. That’s double dipping.”
Pomierski pleaded guilty in April to one count of federal bribery, admitting to accepting a $5,000 bribe from the owner of Chronic Cantina restaurant in Upland.
The City Council eliminated lifetime medical for the council and department heads in September 2011.
Musser said eliminating the benefit is saving the city money.
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