Commonwealth of Massachusetts | Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission
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Domenic J. F. Russo, Chairman | A. Joseph DeNucci, Vice Chairman
Paul V. Doane | Kenneth J. Donnelly | James M. Machado | Donald R. Marquis
Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director
M E M O R A N D U M
TO: All Retirement Boards
FROM: Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director
RE: Clarke T. Blizzard
DATE: May 30, 2007
On Wednesday, May 23, 2007 the PERAC Commissioners voted to prohibit Clarke T. Blizzard
from engaging in any capacity with any Massachusetts public pension fund system.
The Commission reviewed the charging documents and plea agreement filed in the US District
Court for the Northern District of Ohio regarding allegations of a conspiracy to commit extortion
between Clarke T. Blizzard (“Blizzard”) and Terrance W. Gasper (“Gasper”), CFO of the Ohio
Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (“OBWC”), under 18 U.S.C. § 1951 and 18 U.S.C. § 371.
Blizzard entered into this plea agreement with the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District
of Ohio on May 3, 2007 in regard to these allegations.
Therefore, pursuant to 840 CMR 1.03, no individual who has been convicted of conspiracy to
commit extortion under 18 U.S.C. § 1951 shall serve or be permitted to serve:
For these reasons, the Commission prohibits Blizzard from engaging in any capacity with
Massachusetts public pension fund systems pursuant to 840 CMR 1.03. Further, on the basis of
“best interest of the systems” no regulatory action will be taken with respect to any firm,
partnership, company, entity, consulting arrangement, or individual association with which
Blizzard is involved. Any such firm, partnership, company, entity, consulting arrangement or
other individual association connected with Blizzard, that fails to disclose Blizzard’s
involvement shall be prohibited from future regulatory approval from PERAC.
PERAC is committed to working with the Massachusetts Retirement Systems in an effort to
protect the retirement funds. It is only through continued diligence by all facets of the public
pension fund community that we can remain resolute in ensuring the future of all Massachusetts
public pension funds. This continued diligence includes the need to adhere to the laws and
regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its regulating agencies, as well as
respecting good corporate governance procedures.
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