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Order In the Matter of Gloria Fox

Date: 05/24/2018
Organization: State Ethics Commission
Docket Number: 18-0004

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Corrected Final Order

On May 3, 2018, Petitioner filed a Motion to Accept Respondent’s Payment of Civil Penalty and to Dismiss the Adjudicatory Proceedings (“Motion”).

In this action, Petitioner alleges that, in violation of G.L. c. 268B, § 5, Respondent Gloria Fox, a former State Representative who served for more than 30 days in 2016, failed to file a Statement of Financial Interests (“SFI”) for calendar year (“CY”) 2016 by May 30, 2017.  Petitioner alleges that on June 6, 2017, the Commission sent Fox a notice entitled Notice of Failure to Comply with Filing Deadline for Statement of Financial Interests for Calendar Year 2016 (“Notice) advising Fox that it had not received her CY 2016 SFI, and that the Commission would not impose civil penalties if she filed the SFI by June 19, 2017, but would impose civil penalties if she failed to file it by June 19, 2017.

Fox filed her CY 2016 SFI on November 22, 2017.  A schedule established by the Commission sets civil penalties for SFIs filed later than 10 days after receipt of a Notice.  A penalty of $1,250 is set for an SFI filed during the period between 121 days late and the day before an Order to Show Cause is issued.  Petitioner demanded that Fox pay a penalty of $1,250.

The grounds for Petitioner’s Motion are that Respondent has delivered a bank check for $1,250 to the Commission, paying the civil penalty in full.

Wherefore, the Commission1 accepts Respondent’s payment of the civil penalty and allows Petitioner’s Motion.  The adjudicatory proceeding is hereby DISMISSED.

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Commissioner Dortch-Okara abstained in this matter.