Pension board approves Nelson Cuba benefits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The police and fire pension board without discussion signed off on pension benefits for former Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Fraternal Order of Police president Nelson Cuba.

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Cuba is still awaiting trial on charges stemming for the Allied Veterans gaming bust last year that ended in 57 arrests. Cuba has been on unpaid leave since his arrest. Last week he submitted paper work that he is retiring after 24 years.

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Cuba will receive $1,700 in benefits every two weeks.

Pension administrator John Keane says the pension payout was not up for debate.

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"It's earned, time he served the city. He (Cuba) made his contributions, he elected to retire," said Keane.

The only way the pension board would revisit Cuba's pension is if he is convicted of a crime that involves his duties as a police officer. Cuba's trial is scheduled for this fall.


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