• Former State Information Technology Division Acting Chief Information Officer Bethann Pepoli Fined $3,000 for Violating the Conflict of Interest Law

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which former state Information Technology Division ("ITD") Acting Chief Information Officer Bethann Pepoli ("Pepoli") admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, and agreed to pay a $3,000 civil penalty. Pepoli solicited a sponsorship for a golf outing from Cognos Corporation ("Cognos"), a software vendor seeking a $15 million state contract, while, in her capacity as a state employee, she made recommendations regarding the award of that contract.
  • Ethics Commission Fines Former Phillipston and Templeton Board of Health Agent Valorie Daigle for Conflict of Interest Law Violations

    The Ethics Commission announced that it has approved a Disposition Agreement (the "Agreement") with Valorie Daigle ("Daigle"), a former Board of Health ("BOH") Agent in the Towns of Phillipston and Templeton, to resolve allegations that Daigle violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law. Daigle admitted to violating the law and agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty.
  • Former Milford Board of Sewer Commissioners Member Scott Lanzetta Fined $5,000 for Conflict of Interest Law Violations

    The State Ethics Commission has concluded the adjudicatory matter involving former Milford Board of Sewer Commissioners member Scott Lanzetta ("Lanzetta") by approving a Disposition Agreement in which Lanzetta admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, and agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty, and by dismissing the adjudicatory hearing.The adjudicatory hearing was initiated by the Commission's Enforcement Division by the filing of an Order to Show Cause on September 22, 2009. In the Disposition Agreement, Lanzetta admitted that he had repeatedly violated section 17(a) of the conflict of interest law by receiving compensation for sewer connection work he had performed in his private capacity for properties located in Milford. Between 2005 and 2007, while serving as a member of the Board of Sewer Commissioners, Lanzetta received between $1,000 and $5,000 per job for 17 Milford sewer projects. Section 17(a)prohibits a municipal employee from receiving compensation from anyone other than the municipality in connection with any matter in which the municipality is a party or has a direct and substantial interest. The sewer connections required Sewer Department permits and inspections. By receiving payment for these jobs from property owners, Lanzetta violated section 17(a) on each occasion.
  • Ethics Commission Finds In Favor of Rowley Board of Water Commissioners Chair Scott Martin

    The State Ethics Commission, in a Decision and Order ("Decision"), determined that Rowley Board of Water Commissioners Chair Scott Martin ("Martin") did not violate the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, by arranging to have Water Department employees drive him from his place of private employment to the Water Department offices on a regular basis between March 2005 and January 2007. This matter was initiated on January 12, 2009, by the Commission's Enforcement Division filing of an Order to Show Cause ("OTSC"). The OTSC alleged that Martin violated sections 23(b)(2) and 23(b)(3) of the conflict of interest law when, after Martin’s driver's license had been suspended, he arranged to have Water Department employees drive him from his place of employment to the Water Department offices to sign bills and payroll. An adjudicatory hearing on the matter was held on August 11, 2009, and this case is now concluded by the issuance of the Decision.
  • Enforcement Division Alleges that Town of Harvard School Superintendent and a Former School Committee Chairman Violated the Conflict of Interest Law

    The Commission's Enforcement Division, in two Orders to Show Cause, alleged that Harvard Superintendent of Public Schools Thomas Jefferson and former Harvard School Committee Chairman Paul Wormser violated G.L.c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by using Jefferson's official position as Superintendent, and Wormser's official position as School Committee Chairman, to secure for Wormser an unwarranted privilege of substantial value not properly available to similarly situated individuals, namely, reimbursement of private school tuition by the Harvard School Department. The OTSCs also allege that Jefferson and Wormser further violated the conflict of interest law by knowingly, or with reason to know, acting in a manner that would cause a reasonable person, knowing all the facts, to conclude that they could unduly enjoy each other's favor in the performance of their official duties.
  • Ethics Commission Issues Public Education Letters to Former Marblehead Community Charter Public School Officials

    The Ethics Commission issued Public Education Letters to former Marblehead Community Charter Public School Head of School Thomas Commeret and former MCCPS Board of Trustees member Robert Erbetta to resolve allegations that Commeret and Erbetta had violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, in connection with Commeret hiring Erbetta to perform construction-related and other work for the school while Erbetta was a member of the Board, and while Erbetta, in his capacity as a member of the Board, twice voted to renew Commeret's employment contract with the MCCPS. This is the first public matter involving charter school officials and their compliance with the requirements of the conflict of interest law.
  • Norfolk Property Developer Jack Scott Fined $2,000

    The Ethics Commission, in a Decision and Order ("Decision"), fined Norfolk property developer Jack Scott the maximum civil penalty of $2,000 for violating section 3 of G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by offering an illegal gift to a municipal employee. Specifically, Scott offered a free week's stay at his fly-fishing cabin in Pennsylvania to the chairman of the Norfolk Conservation Commission ("ConCom") at a time when Scott had matters pending before the ConCom. (The maximum civil penalty for this type of violation has been increased to $10,000, but that penalty cannot be applied to conduct that occurred prior to September 29, 2009, the effective date of the recently enacted ethics reform bill.) Scott has 30 days to appeal this decision to the Superior Court.
  • Enforcement Division alleges former Milford Board of Sewer Commissioners member Scott Lanzetta violated the conflict of interest law

    The Ethics Commission's Enforcement Division, in an Order to Show Cause issued on September 22, 2009, alleged that former Milford Board of Sewer Commissioners member Scott Lanzetta violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by receiving compensation from property owners for sewer connection work that required permits issued by the Board of Sewer Commissioners.
  • Barre DPW Supt. Richard Wheeler Fined $4,000

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which Barre DPW Superintendent Richard Wheeler admitted to violating the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, by attempting to use his official position to secure for himself an unwarranted privilege of substantial value and by participating in his official capacity in a matter in which he had a financial interest. Wheeler paid a $4,000 civil penalty.
  • Former MassHighway Inspector Thomas Kennedy Fined $6,000 for Receiving Bribes

    The Ethics Commission, in a Decision and Order, resolved the adjudicatory matter involving former Massachusetts Highway Department Inspector Thomas Kennedy. Kennedy was fined $6,000 for soliciting and receiving bribes from a MassHighway vendor doing work on Route 44 in Plymouth.
  • Former PA Landers Project Manager Terry Edwards Fined $5,000 for Paying Bribes to a MassHighway Inspector

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which former P.A. Landers, Inc. Project Manager Terry Edwards admitted to paying bribes to a Massachusetts Highway Department inspector in order to have the inspector approve work performed by P.A. Landers.
  • Commission Decides Adjudicatory Matter in Favor of Taylor Roth

    Commission determined that Enforcement Division failed to prove allegations that Taylor Roth violated the conflict of interest law.
  • Ethics Commission Dismisses Speranza Adjudicatory Matter

    The Ethics Commission issued an Order on March 10, 2009 vacating its reasonable cause finding and terminating the adjudicatory proceeding in the matter involving Hopkinton Conservation Commission member and Community Preservation Committee member Jack Speranza. The Commission's Order states that its determination is based on new information learned after the adjudicatory proceeding commenced.
  • Maureen Brennan Fined $5,000 for Violating the Conflict Law

    The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission issued a Decision and Order on March 4, 2009 in the adjudicatory matter of former Marlborough Department of Community Development finance assistant Maureen Brennan. The Commission determined that Brennan violated the conflict of interest law and imposed a $5,000 civil penalty.
  • Agawam City Councilor Fined $2,000 for Violating the Conflict Law

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on February 20, 2009, in which Agawam City Council member George Bitzas admitted to violating G. L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law. Bitzas paid a $2,000 civil penalty.
  • Everett School Supt. and Maintenance Manager Fined for Violating the Conflict Law

    The Ethics Commission issued two separate Decisions and Orders on February 12, 2009 resolving the adjudicatory hearings of Everett School Superintendent Frederick K. Foresteire and School Department Maintenance Manager Lona DeFeo. The Commission determined that Foresteire and DeFeo each violated the conflict of interest law, and imposed a $6,000 civil penalty on Foresteire and a $4,500 civil penalty on DeFeo.
  • Matthew Amorello Fined $2,000 for Violating the Conflict Law

    The Ethics Commission issued a Decision and Order on February 11, 2009 in the adjudicatory hearing involving former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Chairman Matthew Amorello. The Commission determined that Amorello violated the conflict of interest law and ordered Amorello to pay a $2,000 civil penalty.
  • Westminster Conservation Commission Member Joan Anderson Fined $2,000 For Violating the Conflict of Interest Law

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on January 16, 2009, in which Westminster Conservation Commission member Joan Anderson admitted to violating the conflict of interest law. Anderson paid a $2,000 civil penalty.
  • State Ethics Commission Dismisses Illegal Gratuity Allegations Against P.J. Riley & Co., Thomas Riley and Taylor Roth

    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 Decision and Order, 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.
  • Former East Bridgewater Police Chief John Silva Fined $5,000 for Violating the Conflict of Interest Law

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement on January 16, 2009, in which former East Bridgewater Police Chief John L. Silva, Jr. admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by involving himself in disciplinary matters affecting his police officer son. Silva paid a $5,000 civil penalty for violating two sections of the conflict of interest law.
  • Former Rockland Planning Board Member Reginald Newcomb Fined $5,000 for Violating the Conflict of Interest Law

    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which former Rockland Planning Board member Reginald Newcomb admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by repeatedly representing his realty trust before the Rockland Planning Board and for removing a critical document from a Planning Board file in an effort to gain constructive approval of an application. Newcomb agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty.
  • Enforcement Division Alleges Rowley Board of Water Commissioners Scott Martin Violated the Conflict of Interest Law

    The Ethics Commission's Enforcement Division, in an Order to Show Cause issued on January 12, 2009, alleges that Rowley Board of Water Commissioners Chair Scott Martin violated the conflict of interest law by arranging for Water Department employees to drive Martin on various occasions to accommodate Martin's personal transportation needs after Martin's driver's license was revoked. A public hearing will be scheduled within 90 days.