- Freetown Police Lieutenant Alan Alves cited for purchasing a boat that had been the subject of Alves' police investigation that the boat was stolen.
- Westminster Conservation Commission member Joan Anderson fined $2,000 for participating in matters in which she and her husband had financial interests, and for participating in matters affecting businesses with whom she and her husband had business dealings.
- The Ethics Commission issued a public education letter to Saugus Town Manager Steven Angelo for using his position to secure preferential treatment for Selectman Michael Kelleher, who had been stopped by police officers who suspected that Kelleher may have been intoxicated.
- Treasurer of Middlesex County found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(e) for his dealings with the Capitol Bank, U.S. Trust and Suffolk Franklin Bank.
- The Ethics Commission issued a public education letter to Massachusetts Convention Center Authority employee David Aragona for attending meetings of the state Board of Examiners of Electricians while he was on MCCA time.
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- The Commission issued a Disposition Agreement in which Blackstone Police Chief Ross A. Atstupenas admitted violating the conflict law by requesting that a subordinate officer change a $75 speeding ticket issued to the brother of a fellow police officer to a warning. Atstupenas paid a civil penalty of $1,000.
The State Ethics Commission issued a Public Enforcement Letter to Massachusetts Maritime Academy President John F. Aylmer in connection with his taking personal friends and family members on two Academy training cruises as "observers."
- Mass. Dept. of Public Utilities Inspector found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 4 and 23.
- Director of Food Services at Palmer public schools took for her personal use six iPods received by the school department through a vendor promotional offer.
The State Ethics Commission approved a Joint Motion to Dismiss the Proceedings in the adjudicatory matters involving Merrimack Special Education Collaborative employees John Barranco and Richard W. McDonough. Both adjudicatory proceedings were initiated in August 2011 by the Commission’s Enforcement Division filing Orders to Show Cause formally alleging that Barranco and McDonough violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law.
- A state representative found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s, 23(b)(3) for accepting gratuities. Section 23(b)(3) prohibits public employees, including state legislators, from accepting anything worth more than $50 which is given to them "for or because of official act ... performed or to be performed" by such employees.
The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which former Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Captain Alesandro Basile admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by meeting with his tenants to demand a rent increase, while in uniform, and while accompanied by a uniformed correctional officer, who was visibly armed with a gun, pepper spray and baton.
Former Essex Regional Retirement Board Chairman/Executive Director Timothy Bassett Pays $10,000 civil penalty for violating the conflict of interest law by using public resources in connection with his private lobbying business.
- Municipal Wiring Inspector who also performed private electrical work in town, found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19, 23(d) and 23(e).
- Lancaster Board of Health member Robert Baylis was fined $2,000 and forfeited $1,800 for awarding a contract to mow the landfill, and then mowing the landfill and receiving payment for the work.
- Dennis Housing Authority Director violated 23(b)(2) by allowing abuse of time records.
- A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) for using his state title, official letterhead, and other state resources to solicit participants for a privately sponsored trip, knowing that if he persuaded enough people to go on the trip, he and a guest could go on the trip free of charge.
- A city councilor found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for improperly soliciting campaign contributions for the mayor's campaign.
- An assessor found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for unilaterally increasing the valuations on properties owned by individuals with whom he was on bad terms.
- Agawam City Councilor George Bitzas fined $2,000 for using his position to coerce a business owner to remove campaign signs supporting the mayor's opponent.
- Commission dismissed Richard Bonavita adjudicatory matter because of statute of limitations.
- City of Boston Treasurer's Office employees ordered to cease the practice of accepting private expediting fees. The Commission found that the employees receiving private fees for public services violates section 23 unless specifically authorized by law.
- Former Beverly Purchasing Director Christopher Bradley fined $500 for allowing Mayor Thomas Crean to purchase his city-owned laptop computer without following proper procedures.
- A municipal employee violated sections 23(a) and 19 by, in his private capacity, performing surveying work for a firm under contract with his own municipal agency and by participating in the agency's decisions (e.g., change orders), regarding that same firm.
- A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) by acting as a private attorney for an Irish immigrant in his attempt to obtain a mortgage.
- Marlboro Department of Community Development Finance Assistant Maureen Brennan fined $5,000 for participating in a rehabilitation loan application filed by her fiance-then husband.
- Nantucket County Sheriff fined $1,500 for offering to purchase property from someone to whom he was in the process of serving an eviction notice.
- A city employee violated G.L. c. 268A, section 23 by using city stationery to further her own private interests.
- A State Representative violated 23(b)(2) by accepting per diem pay when he was not present at State House.
- Former Massachusetts Labor Director Angelo Buonopane fined $10,000 and must reimburse the state $18,000 for taking approximately $18,000 in unauthorized vacation/personal compensation.
- Former Charlton Board of Health chair Elliot Burlingame found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for offering a house at below market value to a former health agent.
- Whitman department of public works manager violated section 23(b)(2) when he had his personal vehicle repaired using public resources.
- Wellfleet DPW Asst. Director violated G.L. c.268A , section 23(b)(2) when he borrowed town equipment for personal use.
- A municipal school department director of maintenance and custodial services violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19, 23(b)(2) and(b)(3) for seeking and receiving services from subordinates and a school department vendor in connection with the construction of his new home, and for supervising his brother.
- Hingham Recreation Commissioner violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 23(b)(2) and 19 for using his position to gain extra paid work hours for his daughter who worked for the Recreation Commission.
- Shrewsbury Planning Board member Kevin Capalbo fined $1,000 for participating in a subdivision matter while having a private automobile damage claim pending against the subdivision developer.
- Falmouth Board of Health Agent David Carignan fined $1,000 for causing a property owner to pay $2,500 it did not owe to the septic system installer for the subject property in order to obtain a required as-built plan from the installer.
- Leominster Director of Inspections Edward Cataldo fined $3,000 and forfeited $300 for advertising his energy code audit business at the inspections office, receiving compensation from clients for performing energy code audit work that was then submitted with building permit applications, and for reviewing his energy code audit work along with building permit applications.
- The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which state Department of Conservation and Recreation Chief Fire Warden admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, section 23(b)(3), when he intervened in a hiring process to fill a DCR firefighter position while two of his friends were applicants for the position.
- The Order to Show Cause alleged that the Respondent, a member of the Board of Selectmen of the Town of East Bridgewater, violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19 and 23 by a participating as a municipal employee in certain particular matters in which he and the real estate firm he owned and operated in his private capacity had a financial interest. The Commission found that the Respondent did not violate G.L. c. 268A, sections 19 and 23.
- EOPS Director of Research violated G.L. c. 268A, section 23(b)(3) by enjoying favor in performance of her official duties.
- General Manager of GMTA violated 23(b)(3) when he married subordinate with no advance written disclosure of the relationship.
- Rutland DPW Supervisor violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19 and 23(b)(2) by hiring his son for a town position that was not publicly posted.
- Randolph Police Lieutenant Robert Churchill paid a $500 civil penalty for violating section 23(b)(3) by handling a matter as police prosecutor involving an arrest of fellow police officer William Batson's son.
- A chairman of the board of selectmen found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 23 by trying to fix a speeding ticket given to a friend.
- State Senator Edward J. Clancy was cited by the Commission for attempting to improperly influence the chairman and vice-chairman of the Board of Registration of Chiropractors through an ex-parte communication in a pending adjudicatory matter.
The State Ethics Commission issued a Decision and Order in which it found that the Commission’s Enforcement Division failed to prove allegations that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Painters Foreman Darryl Clark violated sections 23(b)(2)(i) and 23(b)(2)(ii) of G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by soliciting loans from two temporary MBTA painters who were his subordinates.
- Charlton Health Agent Cynthia Cobb violated G.L. c. 268A, section 23(b)(3) by accepting a house at a below-market price from her former town employer, developer and former board of health chair.
- A high school guidance counselor admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by hiring the school principal's son to a summer teaching position without following the school's standard hiring procedures.
- Randolph DPW Supervisor Harold Cole violated 23(b)(2) by abusing time on job, an unwarranted privilege.
- Hardwick BOH violated 23(b)(2) when he used his position for an unwarranted privilege
- The Commission fined former Dover Ambulance Squad Administrator Robert Comiskey $5,000 for certifying that he, his wife and his son attended emergency medical technician (EMT) training sessions they did not attend. Comiskey also reimbursed the Town of Dover $854.39, the amount of compensation Comiskey and his family received for training sessions they did not attend.
- A Public Education Letter was issued to the Marblehead Community Charter Public School Head of School in connection with allegations that he violated G.L. c. 268A, section 23(b)(3) by hiring a School Board of Trustees member and/or his company to perform work at the School.
- The State Ethics Commission issued a Public Education Letter to Brockton Police Chief William Conlon regarding his decision to allow two police union officials to attend a political fundraiser for Brockton Mayor James Harrington on paid city time. As explained in the PEL issued to Conlon, "collective bargaining agreements cannot explicitly or implicitly authorize conduct that violates the conflict of interest law."
- Rutland Selectman Louis Cornacchioli fined $2,000 for threatening to use his Selectman position to retaliate against the police department if traffic citations issued to his son were not dismissed.
- Lynn Department of Public Works Associate Commissioner Philip Corson fined $10,000 for borrowing money from funeral home directors while he oversaw the Pine Grove Cemetery, borrowing money from a subordinate, and for failing to turn over money intended for perpetual care services at the cemetery.
- Dighton Board of Selectmen and Board of Health member Frank Costa violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) and paid a $1,000 civil penalty for using his position to obtain police intervention in a private family dispute and by invoking the authority of the selectmen/board of health in the private dispute.
- West Bridgewater Board of Assessors Head Clerk violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by improperly approving and processing a property tax abatement application submitted by friends of the Chairman.
- Undersecretary for Business Development Robert Coughlin fined $10,000 for participating in matters affecting biotechnology businesses while pursuing the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council president's position.
- A former Somerville Inspectional Services Department Building Inspector admitted to violating the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, by inspecting construction work performed at his home, by recommending the contractor who performed the work at his home to building permit applicants, and by issuing permits to and inspecting the work of the contractor with whom he had a private business relationship without disclosing that relationship.
- A state representative found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 3(b) and section 23(b)(3) for accepting gratuities and accepting a dinner for himself and his wife from lobbyists. Section 3(b) prohibits public employees, including state legislators, from accepting anything worth more than $50 which is given to them "for or because of official act ... performed or to be performed" by such employees.
- Former employee of Boston Water and Sewer Commission fined for violating G.L. c. 268A, section 18 for receiving private compensation as a former municipal employee in relation to a matter in which he personally and substantially participated in as a municipal employee.
- A former member and chair of a conservation commission found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 17(a), section 18(a), section 19 and section 23(b)(3) for his private consulting work in connection with the state's Wetland Protection Act.
- Former Randolph Housing Authority Executive Director fined $5,000 for attempting to purchase property from a Housing Authority applicant and for participating in matters affecting applicants that were at the time renting from his father.
- City of Lynn Board of Health Sanitary Inspector Daniel Dean admitted that he repeatedly violated sections 20 and 23(b)(3) of the conflict of interest law by serving as both a Health Inspector and an appointed city constable, and by failing to disclose instances where he conducted inspections on properties owned by parties for whom he had performed private constable services.
- Newburyport District Court Chief of Probation Ronald D'Arcangelo fined $3,000 for asking Clerk Magistrate Nicholas Sullivan to fix traffic tickets issued to D'Arcangelo's family members.
- The Ethics Commission has concluded the adjudicatory matter involving City of Lynn Board of Health Sanitary Inspector Daniel Dean by approving a Disposition Agreement in which Dean admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, and by dismissing the adjudicatory hearing.
- Everett School Department Maintenance Manager Lona DeFeo fined $4,500 for having school department personnel use school department resources to perform work in Superintendent Frederick Foresteire's home.
- A board of health member found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for voting to terminate two board of health employees who recently had been involved in negative inspections of her family's restaurant.
- In separate disposition agreements with John DeLeire, James Connery and Adam DiPasquale, three fire and police officials from Revere, and Ogden Suffolk Downs, Inc. and Northeast Theater Corporation, two corporations conducting business in Revere, the Commission ended long-standing employment arrangements that violate the conflict of interest law. According to the disposition agreements, the police and fire chiefs violated the conflict of interest law inasmuch as they were employed and paid by the private corporations to perform functions that fell within their official municipal responsibility and for which they were already paid through receipt of their government salaries.
- An employee of the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety was accused of violating G.L. c. 268A, sections 2(b), 3(b), 23(d), 23(e) and 23(f). The Commission found he had violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(d). The President of North River Nursing Home, Inc., was accused of violating G.L. c. 268A, sections 2(a) and 3(a). The Commission found that neither of the respondents had violated sections 2 or 3.
- MassHighway Safety Team Director Robert DeMarco fined $2,000 for using his state position in connection with private donation solicitations.
- The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which former Dighton Highway Department ("DHD") Superintendent Paul DeMoura admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by his actions in connection with the hiring of one son to a full-time DHD position, and by hiring another son and the son's girlfriend to seasonal snowplow driver positions. Pursuant to the Agreement, DeMoura paid a $1,000 civil penalty for the violations.
- The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which former State Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci admitted to violating section 23 of the conflict of interest law by hiring an unqualified family member to a position within the Auditors office.
- The Ethics Commission concluded the adjudicatory proceeding involving the State Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci by approving a disposition agreement in which DeNucci admitted to violating section 23 of the conflict of interest law.
- Rockland Finance Committee member John DeWald fined $2,000 for using his position and contacting the town's tax title attorney on behalf of a friend to persuade the tax title attorney to settle a tax foreclosure matter.
- The Ethics Commission issued a public education letter to Umass-Lowell pollster Louis DiNatale for conducting polling work without disclosing that it related to private polling work he was also conducting.
- A municipal employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) for allowing several local businesses to benefit improperly in their dealings with the town, either by receipt of town funds or the use of town equipment.
Revere Fire Chief Eugene Doherty violated the conflict of interest law by accepting Boston Bruins tickets from Cataldo Ambulance Service, Inc., the emergency medical service provider in Revere.
- A mediator for the State Board of Conciliation and Arbitration agreed he violated s. 23 of the conflict law when he accepted private arbitrations involving the Teamsters Union, an organization with which he was then involved in Board mediations. By accepting those private arbitrations at that time, the parties agreed that the mediator accepted employment which would have impaired his independence of judgment in the exercise of his official duties and that by his conduct, the mediator gave reasonable basis for the impression that the Teamsters Union could improperly influence or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of his official duties.
- Commission approved a Joint Motion to Dismiss allegations that Abington Treasurer/Collector Paul Donlan violated the conflict of interest law by processing forms to allow his predecessor and friend improperly collect unemployment compensation after he lost the election to Donlan.
- A former state insurance commissioner found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for routinely accepting meals and entertainment from insurance company lobbyists and others who had an interest in matters under her jurisdiction.
- Former Waltham Police Chief Edward Drew fined $1,000 for intervening in an investigator appointment while his daughter was a candidate for the appointment.
- Former Middlesex Retirement Board member Lawrence Driscoll fined $10,000 and forfeited $2,683 for improperly voting to approve a renovation contract to a friend, voting to appoint that friend as the Retirement Board facilities manager, and for submitting improper expense reimbursement requests.
Kingston Community Preservation Committee member Pine duBois fined $2,500 for violating the conflict of interest law, by advocating, in her capacity as the unpaid president of the non-profit Jones River Landing Environmental Heritage Center, for $75,000 in CPC funds to restore two boat sheds located on Jones River Landing property.
- The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which Marblehead School Superintendent G. Paul Dulac admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by hiring the spouse of a school committee member to a half-time teaching position without following standard procedures.
The State Ethics Commission approved Disposition Agreements in which Leicester Emergency Medical Services Training Instructor Karen Durant admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, for her involvement in providing false records claiming that she and several Emergency Medical Technicians (“EMTs”) had completed 24 hours of recertification training in 2008
- Lynn City Councilor David Ellis fined $500 for coercing a business owner to remove campaign signs supporting Ellis' campaign opponent.
- Michael W. C. Emerson, a Consultant to the City of Leominster violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 19 by participating in: 1) the hiring of UTS of Mass. as a contractor to do testing on the Project; 2) the review and/or approval of reports submitted to the City by UTS of Mass.; and 3) the review and/or approval of invoices for payment submitted by UTS of Mass. to the City.
- Public Education Letter issued to a former member of the Board of Trustees, of the Marblehead Community Charter Public School, to resolve allegations that he violated the conflict of interest law by performing private construction-related work for the school while he was a member of the Board.
- A police chief found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for assistance in getting his son a bargain purchase of a police vehicle being traded in.
Winthrop Harbormaster Charles Famolare violated the conflict of interest law by receiving from the town contractor building the town pier the provision and installation of two finger piers at his private pier without charge.
- Saugus Police Chief Edward Felix fined $2,000 for using his position to secure preferential treatment for Selectman Michael Kelleher by directing that police officers, who had stopped Kelleher and suspected that he may have been intoxicated, instead drive Kelleher home.
- A selectman and board of health member found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) for acting in a manner that would cause a reasonable person, having knowledge of the relevant circumstances, to conclude that any person can improperly influence or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of his official duties.
The Commission finds reasonable cause to believe that State Representative Kevin Fitzgerald and his administrative assistant, Patricia McDermott, violated the state's Conflict of Interest Law by inheriting nearly $400,000 from so-called "bag lady" Mary Guzelian, who had received services through Fitzgerald's office.
- Mendon Parks Commissioner Joseph Flaherty fined $1,000 for using his position to obtain for his son a junior camp counselor position at the park department's summer youth camp.
- Turnpike Authority employee James Flanagan accepted free entertainment and hotel accommodations from Turnpike Authority vendor Middlesex Paving Company, and failed to disclose the purchase of a used car from construction company, Petruzzi and Forrester, another Turnpike Authority vendor.
- Acting superintendent of maintenance of the Boston fire department acknowledged that he violated s. 23(2) of G.L. c. 268A when he used fire department vehicles to prepare his vacation home for summer use.
- A council on aging outreach worker found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) for introducing her daughter-in-law to one of her nursing home clients and by failing to involve outside professionals who would protect the client's interests in the sale of her house.
- Foxboro Police Officer violated section 23(b)(2) by receiving another paycheck from the school dept. for details that should have come from the police dept. directly.
- Everett School Superintendent Frederick Foresteire violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for arranging for a "free" paint job for a school committee member's apartment done by a school department employee.
- Everett School Superintendent Frederick Foresteire fined $6,000 for having school department personnel use school department resources to perform work in his home.
- Former Milton School Department administrator of building and grounds James Foster entered into a disposition agreement with the State Ethics Commission to resolve allegations made by the Commission in May 2001 that he used a school department account to purchase auto parts for his or his family's personal vehicles.
- Board of Bar Overseers General Counsel violated 23(b)(2) by using public resources for private gain.
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