- The Commission concluded that the allegations were not proven by a preponderance of the evidence.
Hull Board of Assessors member Stephen Malcolm fined $2,000 for improperly or unduly influencing the assistant assessor to increase the value of a home owned by his former girlfriend, resulting in a $2,000 tax increase.
- A mayor found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for signing a recycling contract with his brother's company.
- Monson Selectman James Manning fined $2,000 for using his position to secure a police department firearm from Police Chief Joseph Rebello.
- A state representative found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 3(b) and section 23(b)(3) by accepting gratuities and a dinner for himself and his wife from lobbyists.
- Westborough State Hospital Director of Maintenance violated G.L. c. 268A, 23(b)(3) when he did not disclose that a candidate for a job opening was his brother in law.
- A city employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) for utilizing city employees to perform typing services for a non-profit unincorporated organization for which he served as state commissioner.
- A former chair of the board of selectmen found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) for participating in her daughter's application for a taxi license.
- A county sheriff found to have violated G.L . c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for combining official swearing-in ceremonies for deputy sheriffs with political campaign fundraising events. Section 23(b)(3) prohibits public officials from using their official positions to obtain unwarranted privileges of substantial value not properly available to similarly situated individuals.
- Norfolk County Sheriff Clifford Marshall was fined for improper use of a credit card and also for appointing his sons as deputy sheriffs.
- Lowell City Manager Brian Martin fined $1,750 for awarding a contract to a company owned by two friends.
- The Commission found that the Petitioner did not prove by a preponderance of the evidence that Martin, the Chairman of the Town of Rowley Board of Water Commissioners, violated G. L. c. 268A, sections 23(b)(2) and 23(b)(3) by receiving free transportation from two employees of the Rowley Water Department.
- Lynn Health Inspector John Massa cited for inspecting property managed by businesses for which he regularly served papers as a constable.
- A Selectman violated the conflict law by participating in approval of a contract between the town and his wife's employees' union and by taking action as a selectman and as an electric light department commissioner on behalf of his son.
- The Commission issued a Decision and Order concluding that Lynn School Superintendent James Mazareas violated the conflict law by making personnel decisions about his wife.
The Leominster Mayor violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by directing a subordinate to rehabilitate the property of an elderly friend using community development block grant funds without following standard procedure, and by failing to disclose his personal relationship with the property owner.
- Former Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Landfill Committee chairman Frank Mazzilli was fined $7,500 for representing a private tenant in matters involving the landfill operators.
- West Bridgewater Board of Assessors Chairman violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by improperly approving and processing a property tax abatement application submitted by friends.
Dukes County Special Sheriff Michael McCormack fined $6,000 for scheduling himself to work paid court-officer shifts during times when he was scheduled to work in the county jail.
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.
The Commission issued a Decision and Order concluding the adjudicatory proceeding involving Agawam Police Department Lieutenant Edward McGovern by finding that McGovern violated the conflict of interest law by giving preferential treatment to a fellow Agawam police officer suspected of driving her personal vehicle the wrong way on a state highway in Agawam while intoxicated. Pursuant to the Decision, the Commission ordered McGovern to pay a $7,500 civil penalty.
- Stow Planning Board member violated G. L. c. 268A, section 19 by participating in a matter where he had a financial interest.
- Middlesex Sheriff's Office corrections officer assigned to the Billerica House of Corrections, Officer Richard McKinnon admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, by using public resources in connection with a political fundraiser.
- Member of the Woburn Golf and Ski Authority and Director and Officer of the Woburn Golf and Social Club was found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19, 20 and 23(a).
- Dept. of Public Health employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 3(b), 6, 23(d), (e) and (f) and G.L. c. 268B, s. 7.
- Leominster Assessor Norman Melanson fined $500 for accepting the loan of a $1,000 computer from a vendor with a contract with the Assessing Department.
- The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which Marblehead Veterans Middle School Principal Elizabeth Moore 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.
- Braintree Electric Light Electrical Engineer violated 23(b)(2) received unwarranted privilege.
- Health and Education Facilities Executive Director Edward M. Murphy issued a Public Enforcement Letter for accepting illegal gratuities from Goldman, Sachs & Co.
- Springfield License Commission member Peter Murphy fined $1,000 for receiving gift certificates from the owner and manager of Kappy's Liquors in Springfield.
- A former school department deputy superintendent found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) by having school department employees assist his daughter in writing papers for her college English class.
- The Commission issued a Decision and Order concluding the adjudicatory proceeding involving Robert Murphy, a former consultant to the Town of Canton Conservation Commission. In its Decision, the Commission found that Murphy violated sections 17(a) and 23(b)(3) of the conflict of interest law, and ordered Murphy to pay a civil penalty of $10,000.
- City of Worcester Law Department employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 19 by directing the Worcester city treasurer's office to deposit the insurance proceeds on property which he owned. The Commission found that the Respondent's conduct did not violate G.L. c. 268A, s. 23.
- A county sheriff found to have violated G.L . c. 268A, sections 23(b)(2) and 23(b)(3) for allowing several of his senior correction officers to solicit their subordinates for contributions to his political campaign.
The Commission rules that a request by Wellesley Police officer George Nelson's request for "consideration," or dismissal, of traffic citations based on the violator's personal connection with a police officer violated the conflict of interest law.
- Former Rockland Planning Board member Reginald Newcomb fined $5,000 for repeatedly representing his realty trust before the Planning Board and for attempting to recover a document from his Planning Board file to gain constructive approval of an application.
- A former fire chief found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(3) for awarding a town contract to a selectman, who annually votes on his reappointment as fire chief, and with whom he had an ongoing business relationship.
The Commission issued a Final Order on Summary Decision and Civil Penalty concluding the adjudicatory proceeding involving Robert Nichols, a former member of the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Blandford. The Commission entered Summary Decision for the Petitioner Enforcement Division and ordered Nichols to pay a $12,500 civil penalty for violating sections 19, 20 and 23(b)(2)(ii) of the conflict of interest law.
- North Reading municipal employee violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 23(b)(2) and 17a by using his official position for private gain.
Former Melrose Fire Chief John O'Brien violated the conflict of interest law by accepting Boston Bruins tickets from Cataldo Ambulance Services, Inc., the emergency medical services provider for Melrose.
- Chairman of the Holyoke Water Commission, violated G.L. c. 268A by using employees of the Holyoke Water Department to perform repair work on his home during working hours.
- A member of a licensing board found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23 for knowingly, or with reason to know, acting in a manner which 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, or that he is likely to act or fail to act as a result of kinship, rank, position or undue influence of any party or person.
- Former state information technology division acting chief information officer fined $3,000 for soliciiting a sponsorship for a golf outing from a bidder seeking a state contract from the information technology division.
Public Education Letter: Municipal Employment; Summer Jobs; Voting on Immediate Family
On May 21, 2015, the State Ethics Commission voted to find reasonable cause to believe that Massachusetts State Police Trooper Seth Peterson violated the conflict of interest law by using his position as a State Trooper to intervene with a tow company to have a family member’s tow charge reduced, and to deprive the tow company of work to which it would have been entitled, and by participating in an inspection of the tow company, which ultimately resulted in the temporary removal of the company from the regional State Police tow lists. The Commission chose to resolve the matter by issuing a Public Education Letter rather than through an adjudicatory hearing because the State Police took disciplinary action against Peterson in this matter by imposing a forfeiture of 15 vacation days, at a cost to Peterson of approximately $5,500.
Paul Pezzella, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Dukakis Administration, fined $5,000 for taking private and public actions on behalf of Worcester developer Angelo Scola in connection with a publicly funded development project, while accepting a $9,000 down payment on a condominium from Scola along with fees and free legal services.
- Municipal employee violated section 17 (c) by acting as a private attorney for a family member in a matter in which the public entity had a financial interest in the outcome of a plea bargain. Also violated section 23(b)(2) by using public position to gain an unwarranted privilege.
- The Commission determined that Lynn Board of Health Inspector Louis Picano repeatedly violated the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, sections 20 and 23(b)(3) by also performing constable duties as an appointed city constable.
Former Attleboro Police Chief Richard Pierce violated sections 19 and 23(b)(2)(ii) of the conflict of interest law by participating in an internal investigation involving his police officer son.
Former MassHealth Chief Operating Officer Philip Poley pays $25,000 civil penalty for violating conflict of interest law by negotiating for a job with a company while working on a MassHealth/UMass project on which he was soliciting the company's involvement.
- Methuen Mayor Sharon Pollard fined $4,000 for funneling $200,000 in mitigation funds to a non-profit she co-founded.
- The director of a state training program violated s. 4 of the conflict of interest law by accepting pay from private firms for conducting private training sessions which were nearly identical to those offered by the state. The employee also violated several of the Standards of Conduct contained in Section 23 by accepting his state salary for time during which he was also paid by the private firm and by directing interested persons and firms who had contacted him about the state program to the private training courses. By the terms of the Disposition Agreement, the employee agreed to pay a total of $6,500 in fines and damages for these violations.
Former Edgartown Dredge Advisory Committee Chairman Norman Rankow violated the conflict of interest law by directing town employees to dredge the area around his private clients' dock without first obtaining required town, state and federal permits.
- Two Berkley Board of Health members were alleged to have violated M.G. L. c. 268 A section 23(b)(2), the case was dismissed.
- Monson Police Chief Joseph Rebello fined $1,000 for improperly providing a police department firearm to Monson Selectman James Manning.
- A former zoning board of appeals member found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 19 for participating in a zoning board of appeals decision regarding land abutting her property.
- Middlesex Sheriff's Office corrections officer assigned to the Billerica House of Corrections, Officer Heidi Ricci admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, by using public resources in connection with a political fundraiser.
- Collector Treasurer of the City of Boston and City Parking Clerk fined for dismissing parking tickets owed by the daughter of Speaker Thomas McGee, on a car registered in her name.
- Executive Director of the Massachusetts Foreign Business Council fined for violating G.L. c. 268A, section 23.
- The Ethics Commission issued a Decision and Order dismissing its cases alleging violations of the conflict of interest law by P.J. Riley & Co. and its executive vice president, Thomas Riley. The Commission, in its D&O, also dismissed one allegation regarding senior inspector for the state Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters Taylor Roth, but is continuing to proceed on other allegations against Roth.
- A former Lawrence School Department Urban Affairs Liaison and Special Assistant to the School Superintendent, violated G.L. c. 268A, section 23 (b)(2) by using his position to obtain an uwarranted privilege of substantial value.
- A former selectman found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2) for using or attempting to use his position to obtain an unwarranted privilege of substantial value.
- Georgetown Fire Chief Harold Roeder fined $1,500 for participating in matters affecting his private business.
- The Commission found reasonable cause to believe that West Bridgewater Police Lieutenant Raymund Rogers violated the code of conduct section of M.G.L. c. 268A, the state's conflict of interest law, by asking a subordinate to provide private transportation for Rogers' family members.
- The Commission concludes that Mr.Rosario's conduct violated the conflict of interest law but that nomonetary sanction is warranted under the circumstances.
- Boston City Councilor Michael Ross fined $2,000 for abusing his parking privileges by having parking tickets administratively dismissed.
- Based on our assessment of the credibility of the witnesses, we conclude that Petitioner has not proved by a preponderance of the evidence that Roth violated G. L. c. 268A, sections 23(b)(2) and 23(b)(3), as alleged.
- A public employee who had a business relationship with a vendor within his regulatory jurisdiction violated the conflict of interest law sections 23(b)(2) and 23 (b)(3) by not filing a disclosure before having a private business dealing with the vendor that was initiated by the public employee not the vendor.
- The Commission grants the Joint Motion. The Disposition Agreement is approved. Respondent's tendered payment of the $1,500 civil penalty for violating G. L. c. 268A, § 23(b)(2) and § 23(b)(3) is accepted. Commission Adjudicatory Docket No.10-0002, In the Matter of Daniel Rowan, is dismissed.
- The Commission concluded that Pittsfield Mayor James M. Ruberto and Daniel Duquette each violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, in connection with Duquette's sale of 2004 World Series tickets to Ruberto.