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Calendar Year 2022 SFI Filing Season Now Open 

2/01/2023 State Ethics Commission

The Commission’s Statements of Financial Interests (SFI) electronic filing system is now open for filing of SFIs for Calendar Year (CY) 2022

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State Ethics Commission Issues Public Education Letter to Former Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Chief of Staff Lisa Riccobene 

1/31/2023 State Ethics Commission

Riccobene borrowed money from subordinate and used subordinate’s credit card

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State Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges Former Arlington Inspectional Services Director Michael Byrne Violated Conflict of Interest Law 

1/12/2023 State Ethics Commission

Byrne alleged to have repeatedly allowed his plumbing company to do work without permits or inspections and created fraudulent permits after work was done

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State Ethics Commission Issues Reminder About Restrictions on Gifts to Public Employees 

11/25/2022 State Ethics Commission

Certain gifts are prohibited under the conflict of interest law

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Former DCAMM Employee Robert Gray pays $5,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

11/17/2022 State Ethics Commission

Gray routinely made personal use of cars rented by DCAMM

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Cheshire Town Clerk Christine Emerson pays $5,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

11/17/2022 State Ethics Commission

Emerson repeatedly hired her daughter and granddaughter to do work for the town

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Former CHIA and EOTSS Employee Brooke Merkin Pays $2,500 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

10/31/2022 State Ethics Commission

CHIA employee Merkin added paid job with EOTSS and sought payment from both agencies for overlapping work hours

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State Ethics Commission Issues Reminder for Former Public Employees 

10/28/2022 State Ethics Commission

The conflict of interest law places certain restrictions on state, county, and municipal employees after they leave public employment

Press Release

State Ethics Commission Finds Aquinnah Select Board Member Gary Haley Violated Conflict of Interest Law 

10/25/2022 State Ethics Commission

Haley ordered to pay $10,000 civil penalty for choosing himself to do work for which he billed the town and approving town’s payment of his own invoice

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State Ethics Commission Dismisses Case Against Worcester County DA Joseph D. Early Jr., Senior First Assistant DA Jeffrey Travers, Former State Police Colonel Richard McKeon, and Former State Police Major Susan Anderson 

10/19/2022 State Ethics Commission

Commission finds evidence did not prove Early, Travers, McKeon, and Anderson violated the conflict of interest law as alleged

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Superior Court Ruling Affirms State Ethics Commission Decision that Former State Auditor’s Office Consultant Jeffrey Fournier Violated Conflict of Interest Law 

9/23/2022 State Ethics Commission

While an OSA consultant, Fournier pitched his private company’s services to state agencies as solution for issues raised by OSA audit

Press Release

Former Sandisfield Highway Road Superintendent Robert O’Brien Pays $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

7/28/2022 State Ethics Commission

O’Brien repeatedly hired his own business to provide services to town

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Wareham Public Schools Employee Melissa Fay pays $4,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

7/27/2022 State Ethics Commission

Fay hired her mother and participated in hiring her son for WPS jobs

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State Ethics Commission Issues Public Education Letter to Environmental Police Major Kevin Clayton 

7/26/2022 State Ethics Commission

Commission found reasonable cause to believe Clayton violated law by providing private attorney opportunity to promote his law practice at MEP training

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State Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges Former EOTSS and CHIA Employee Brooke Merkin Violated Conflict of Interest Law 

7/18/2022 State Ethics Commission

Commission found reasonable cause to believe Merkin held two state jobs simultaneously and sought payment for working both jobs during the same hours

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