Records: Conyers owes Detroit pension system $5,600 for travel By Jennifer Dixon and Tina Lam Free Press Staff Writers
Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers owes the city’s pension system more than $5,600 in advances she received to travel on pension business.
Conyers, who until recently was a political appointee on the General Retirement pension board, initially owed the General Retirement System $7,371.25, according to city pension documents. But she paid $1,700 of that earlier this week, as news organizations prepared reports on her travel debts.
Pension board trustees are given cash advances before they travel and must provide receipts showing how they spent the money when the return. They must pay back the pension system any money that they cannot account for with receipts.
In Conyers’ case, she provided a June 3, 2008 Northwest Airlines printout quoting airfare to London at $8,392.23, when in fact the receipt showed the price was actually $2,652.56, according to pension documents obtained by the Free Press today under the state Freedom of Information Act.
In addition, Conyers provided no hotel receipts for trips to a pension conference on Grand Cayman Island and at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.
Conyers left the pension board in December.
A phone call to her office today has not yet been returned.
Staff writer Zachary Gorchow contributed to this report.