The Ohio attorney general argues that funds in the Ohio State Employee Pension System cannot be garnished, the Youngstown Vindicator reported.
Traficant, D-Ohio, serving a sentence for racketeering and tax evasion, is scheduled to be released next year from a federal prison in Minnesota. Once he is out of prison, he becomes eligible for his congressional pension as well as $11,000 annually from Mahoning County.
At his sentencing in 2002, he was ordered to pay a fine of $150,000. He still owes $105,059.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard French filed the motion in Cleveland. The decision is in the hands of U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells, who presided over Traficant's trial.