• Commission Fines Third Former Springfield Liquor License Commissioner

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on December 21, 2006, in which former Springfield Liquor License Commissioner Cheryl Stanley admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by receiving gift certificates from the owner and manager of Kappy's Liquors. Stanely paid a $2,000 fine.
  • Owner of Kappy's Liquors of Springfield Fined $10,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on December 21, 2006, in which Kappy's Liquors owner Brian Moore admitting violating the conflict of interest law by giving gift certificates to two Springfield liquor license commissioners. Liquor License Commissioners Peter Murphy and Gary Van Tassel fined for receiving gifts from Moore.
  • Commission fines Somerville Police Officer Scott Trant $10,600

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on December 19, 2006, in which Trant admitted violating conflict of interest law, by offering to purchase property from a property-owner seeking police assistance. Trant paid a $10,000 fine and a $600 reimbursement.
  • Lynn Fire Chief Edward Higgins, Jr. fined $3,000

    The Ethics Commission approvided a Disposition Agreement on December 18, 2006, in which Lynn Fire Chief Higgins admitted violating the conflict of interest law by promoting, supervising and approving overtime for girlfriend/spouse and agreed to pay a $3,000 fine.
  • Webster Planning Board Chairman Marc Becker Fined $4,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on December 14, 2006, in which Webster Planning Board Chairman Marc Becker admitted violating the conflict of interest law by endorsing "approval not required" plans for properties he was listing as the listing real estate broker. Becker agreed to pay a $4,000 civil penalty.
  • Abington Elected Assessor Paul Zakrzewski Fined $1,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on November 21, 2006, in which Abington Assessor Zakrzewski admitted violating the conflict of interest law by participating in matters involving his partner, Roger Woods, by voting to approve abatement applications filed by Woods. Zakrzewski agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty.
  • Former Oak Bluffs Zoning Board of Appeals Member William Sullivan Fined $3,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on November 20, 2006, in which Former Oak Bluffs ZBA member admitted violating conflict law by representing clients before the ZBA. Sullivan agreed to pay a $3,000 civil penalty.
  • Former West Barnstable Fire Chief John Jenkins Fined $2,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on November 16, 2006, in which retired Fire Chief John Jenkins admitted violating the conflict of interest law by participating as fire chief in the bid process for a fire truck refurbishment when he was also a sales representative for the fire equipment company. Jenkins agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty.
  • Ludlow Department of Public Works Member Thomas Cislak Fined $5,500

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on November 15, 2006, in which Ludlow DPW MemberThomas Cislak admitted violating the conflict of interest law by doing paving work requiring a DPW permit. Cislak agreed to pay a $3,000 civil penalty and a $2,400 civil forfeiture.
  • Maynard Town Accountant Harry Gannon pays $25,000 Fine

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on November 14, 2006, in which former Maynard Town Accountant Harry Grossman admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by simultaneously serving as the Executive Director of the Maynard Retirement Board. Grossman agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty and a $20,000 civil forfeiture.
  • Enforcement Division Alleges Somerville Police Office Scott Trant Violated Conflict Law

    The Commission's Enforcement Division issues an Order to Show Cause on November 1, 2006, alleging that Somerville Policy Officer Scott Trant violated the conflict law by attempting to purchase property from a person seeking police assistance in connection with the property.
  • Former North Andover Superintendent Harry Harutunian Fined $6,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on September 14, 2006, in which Fromer North Andover Superintendent Harry Harutunian, admitted to violating the conflict law by improperty creating a part-time job for the son of his girlfriend. Harutunian agreed to pay a $6,000 civil penalty.
  • Enforcement Division Alleges Former Beverly Mayor Thomas Crean and Former Purchasing Director Christopher Bradley Violated Conflict Law

    The Commission's Enforcement Division issued two Orders to Show Cause on August 24, 2006, alleging that former Beverly Mayor Thomas Crean purchased a surplus laptop computer for $1000 and former Beverly Purchasing Director Christopher Bradley facilitated in the purchase.
  • Former Dunstable Selectman Robert Nelson Fined $2,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on July 27, 2006, in which former Dunstable Selectman Nelson admitted violating the conflict law by participating as a selectman in an affordable housing project on land he was selling to the developer. Nelso agreed to to pay a $2,000 civil penalty.
  • Rockland Finance Committee Member John DeWald Fined $2,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on July 26, 2006, in which Roclkand Finance Committee Member John DeWald, admitted to violating the conflict law by using his position to attempt to persuade a town attorney to settle a default foreclosure of property. DeWald agreed to a $2,000 civil penalty.
  • Former Berkshire County Treasurer Peter Arlos Fined $1,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on June 21, 2006, in which Fromer Berkshire County Treasurer Peter Arlos admitted violating the conflict of interest law and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and to forfeit $1,200 in compensation for participating in a matter in which he had a financial interest.
  • Mendon Parks Commissioner Joseph Flaherty Pays $1,000 Fine

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on June 15, 2006, in whick Mendon Parks Commissioner Joseph Flaherty admitted violating the conflict of interest law by using his position to get his son a junior camp counsel position. Flaherty agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty.
  • Former Department of Environmental Portection Employee Michael Rostkowski Fined $10,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on June 14, 2006, in which former DEP Bureau of Waste Management Analyst Michael Rostkowski admitted to violating the conflict law by receiving compensation from Mass Environmental Associates in connection with a Wilmington landfill project in which Rostkowski participated while he was a DEP analyst. Rostkowski agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty.
  • Former Clinton Building Inspector Peter Pender Fined $2,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on June 13, 2006, in which former Clinton Building Inspector Peter Pender admitted to violating the conflict law by reviewing construction plans and issuing a building permit for property owned by Pender and his wife. Pender agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty.
  • Mendon-Upton Regional School District Employee David Lunny Fined $2,500

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on March 28, 2006, in which Mendon-Upton Regional School District Employee David M. Lunny admitted violating conflict law by improperly soliciting services from employees of Mount Vernon Group, a private architectural firm, which served as the architect for the construction of the Memorial Elementary School in Upton. Lunny paid a $2,000 fine and a $500 civil forfeiture.
  • Former Wendell Board of Health Member Andrew Hamilton Fined $2,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on March 22, 2006, in which former Wendell Board of Health Member Andrew Hamilton admitted violating the conflict law by using his position to sell a water filtration system to a resident after water from her new fail failed. Hamilton agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty and also refunded $1,112 to the purchaser.
  • Salem City Council Michael Bencal Fined $2,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on March 21, 2006, in which Salem City Councilor Michael Bencal admitted violating the conflict of interest law by improperly soliciting campaign contributons in exchange for favorable treatment. Bencal agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty.
  • Former Labor Director Angelo Buonopane Pays $28,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on March 20, 2006, in which former Massachusetts Labor Director Angelo R. Buonopane admitted violating conflict law by taking unauthorized vacation/personal time. Buonopane paid $10,000 civil penalty and $18,000 as a civil forfeiture.
  • Former Chicopee Assistant Treasurer Therese A. Hamel Fined $5,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on February 28, 2006, in which former Chicopee Assistant Treasurer Therese A. Hamel, admitted ciolating the conflict of interest lawby repreatedly allowing herself, family, friends and co-workers to cash checks at the Treasurer's office without her office immediately depositing them. Hamel agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty.
  • Westford Affordable Housing Committee Member Douglas Deschenes Fined $5,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on February 22, 2006, in which Westford Affordable Housing Committee Member Douglas Deschenes admitted violating conflict law by representing clients before the Committee. Deschenes paid a $5,000 civil penalty and also forfeited $3,862.
  • Former Springfield Parking Authority Oeprations and Facility Manager Kelly Giampa Fined $3,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a disposition Agreement on January 17, 2006, in which former Springfield Parking Authority Operataions and Facilities Manager Kelly Giampa admitted violating the conflict of interest law by soliciting bribes for herself and a friend from a contractor seeking work from the Authority.Giampa paid a $3,000 civil penalty.
  • Carver Board of Health Agent Robert C. Tinkham, Jr. Fined $3,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on January 4, 2006, in which Carver Board of Health Agent Robert C. Tinkham admitted violating the conflict law by inspecting his parents' campground septic system. Tinnkham agreed to pay a $3,000 civil penalty.