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Lipscomb could still receive pension if convicted of sex crimes

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Robert Lipscomb has yet to be charged with a crime, but many people are wondering about what the possible consequences could be if he is charged and found guilty of sex crimes.

Memphis City Council Chairman Myron Lowery went to college with Lipscomb. He says Lipscomb is entitled to the money he earned as a 20-plus year employee with City of Memphis.

"Until there is a conviction regarding his official capacity, Mr. Lipscomb is free to obtain his pension either in a lump sum or in monthly allotments," Lowery said.

As Memphis Community and Housing Development Director, Lipscomb made $124,637 per year.

That translates into a pension payout of nearly $2,600 semi-monthly, or about about $5,188 every month.

"The formula for the pension deals with your length of service and salary," Lowery explained. "So, that is computed and that determines how much you receive in your pension."

Lipscomb will get every penny of his pension even if he is convicted of a crime. That is, unless it is somehow tied to his former official duties. 

Meanwhile, he is still getting paid $135,959 each year from the federal government for his role as Memphis Housing Authority Director.

For more WMC Action News 5 coverage of the Robert Lipscomb investigation, click here.

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