Civil servant can’t keep inheritance…

A Veterans Affairs staffer who was left a $5,000 bequest by a woman he helped obtain disability and pension benefits has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last five years. The employer said he couldn’t keep it, then a court said he could. Now the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled he can’t.
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A Veterans Affairs staffer who was left a $5,000 bequest by a woman he helped obtain disability and pension benefits has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last five years. In 2001, he found out about the woman’s generosity. He told his employer he planned to keep the money.

But Veterans Affairs balked. It said he couldn’t keep it because it would be a conflict of interest. The worker appealed, went through a couple of grievance procedures, and was told he couldn’t accept it. He appealed those rulings to the Federal Court, which overturned the ruling and said he could keep the money. (As reported in the April 12, 2006, issue of

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