Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges that Former State Representative Demetrius Atsalis Violated Financial Disclosure Law
The Enforcement Division of the State Ethics Commission today issued an Order to Show Cause alleging that former State Representative Demetrius Atsalis violated G.L. c. 268B, the financial disclosure law, by failing to timely file his Statement of Financial Interests for calendar year 2012.
Palmer Redevelopment Authority Chairman Blake Lamothe Pays $5,000 Civil Penalty for Conflict of Interest Law Violation
The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which Palmer Redevelopment Authority Chairman Blake Lamothe admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by participating as a PRA member in efforts to secure millions of dollars in state funding to revitalize Union Station, a train depot he owns. Pursuant to the Agreement, Lamothe paid a $5,000 civil penalty.
Ethics Commission Concludes the Adjudicatory Proceeding Involving Former Merrimack Special Education Collaborative Board Member James McCormick
The State Ethics Commission approved a Final Order and a Disposition Agreement concluding the adjudicatory proceeding involving former North Middlesex Regional School District Superintendent James McCormick. According to the Agreement, McCormick admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, and agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty.
Former Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Captain Alesandro Basile Cited for Conflict of Interest Law Violation
The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which former Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Captain Alesandro Basile admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by meeting with his tenants to demand a rent increase, while in uniform, and while accompanied by a uniformed correctional officer, who was visibly armed with a gun, pepper spray and baton. Pursuant to the Agreement, Basile, a Rowley resident, paid a $1,000 civil penalty.
On January 16, 2014, the State Ethics Commission unanimously approved a new regulation that will permit public employees to have financial interests in government contracts that pre-dated their public service, and, in some circumstances, to have financial interests in new or amended government contracts entered into after they became public employees, if they are similar to prior government contracts, and so long as certain safeguards are in place.