Board votes to revoke pension of man who stole grave markers

By News Staff

The Rhode Island Retirement Board voted Wednesday to revoke the pension of a former public employee who admitted to stealing grave markers from the veteran cemetery.

Kevin Maynard pleaded guilty in July to stealing at least 150 grave markers and other items at the state’s veteran cemetery in Exeter.

At Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s recommendation, the board voted unanimously to petition the Rhode Island Superior Court to revoke Maynard’s pension.

“We are moving swiftly to protect the integrity of the state retirement system,” said General Treasure Seth Magaziner, who oversees the Retirement Board. “Those who abuse the public trust erode faith in our government and do a great disservice to the vast majority of state employees who serve honorably.”

In April, investigators visited Maynard’s home in Charlestown and found the floor of his shed and two garages lined with more than 100 of the grave markers. Maynard worked at the cemetery and was employed for almost 9 years at the state division of Veterans Affairs.

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