For Immediate Release - July 10, 2007

Massport Business Analysis Manager William Lynch Fined $7,000

For Operating a Tax Preparation Business Using his Massport Office

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission fined Massport Business Analysis Manager William Lynch, a Charlestown resident, $7,000 for violating the state's conflict of interest law by using his office and office equipment to operate a tax preparation business.

According to the Disposition Agreement, during the 2005 and 2006 tax seasons, Lynch prepared the majority of his approximately 200 clients' tax returns using his Massport office computer and office facilities. Between February and April each year, he spent approximately 12 hours each week after his state work hours on this private tax work.

Section 23(b)(2) of the conflict law prohibits a public employee from using or attempting to use his position to secure for himself or others an unwarranted privilege of substantial value not properly available to similarly situated individuals. By extensively using state resources for his private tax preparation business, Lynch violated § 23(b)(2).

After an investigation, Massport suspended Lynch one week for his inappropriate computer usage.

"Like any other business owner, a public employee should conduct private business using private, not state, resources," said Executive Director Peter Sturges.