Earlier this week the former carbon county clerk of courts plead guilty on theft charges. Now the county is working swiftly to stop his pension payments. 

William McGinley made that plea on charges he stole $44,000 from the county during his time as clerk.On Thursday the county retirement board revoked McGinley's pension payments he was receiving which totals $2,400 per month.

The board is working along with attorneys to guide them through the process.

"For the retirement board this is unchartered waters. We never went down this road before so we want to protect the intent of the retirement fund and in doing that I think we have to be proactive in getting someone who specializes in pension forfeiture act," said County Controller, Robert Crampsie. 

Commissioners approved the Retirement Board's decision to revoke McGinley's pension. It is still too early in the investigation to know how much money the county will recoup.