For Immediate Release - December 01, 2009

Former Milford Board of Sewer Commissioners Member Scott Lanzetta Fined $5,000 for Violating the Conflict of Interest Law

Lanzetta enters into a Disposition Agreement to Resolve Conflict of Interest Allegations

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.

"Municipal employees must understand that the conflict of interest law requires their undivided loyalty to the municipality," stated Commission Executive Director Karen L. Nober. "That loyalty is compromised when municipal employees represent private business interests in matters where the municipality also has interests."

Disposition Agreement