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Commission seeks outside views on draft advisory on social media 

10/16/2020 State Ethics Commission

Draft advisory explains how the conflict of interest law applies when public employees use social media

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State Ethics Commission Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report 

9/17/2020 State Ethics Commission

The State Ethics Commission's Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report has been issued and is available online.

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State Ethics Commission Announces Enforcement Actions Against Four Templeton Planning Board Members  

9/17/2020 State Ethics Commission

Kirk Moschetti, Frank Moschetti, and John Buckley pay civil penalties for violating the conflict of interest law by participating in board decisions on zoning; Commission’s Enforcement Division issues Order to Show Cause against Charles Carroll

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State Ethics Commission issues reminder on use of public resources for political purposes 

9/10/2020 State Ethics Commission

Using public resources to support candidates and political campaigns is generally prohibited

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State Ethics Commission Finds Norwood Selectman Helen Donohue Violated Conflict of Interest Law 

8/19/2020 State Ethics Commission

Donohue participated in matters relating to business plaza without disclosing personal conflicts with plaza owner

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State Ethics Commission Finds Former Brookfield Selectman Stephen Comtois Violated Conflict of Interest Law 

8/18/2020 State Ethics Commission

Comtois acted as Selectman concerning proposed donation to town of land he was interested in buying and used his official position to derail donation so he could purchase land himself

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State Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges Berkley Planning Board Member Christopher Hicks Violated Conflict of Interest Law  

7/22/2020 State Ethics Commission

Commission found reasonable cause to be believe Hicks violated law by failing to comply with conflict of interest law education and training requirements

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State Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges Worcester County DA Joseph D. Early Jr., First Assistant DA Jeffrey Travers, Former State Police Colonel Richard McKeon, and Former State Police Major Susan Anderson Violated Conflict of Interest Law 

6/24/2020 State Ethics Commission

Commission finds reasonable cause to believe Early, Travers, McKeon, and Anderson violated law through actions related to altering arrest report involving judge’s daughter

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State Ethics Commission Announces Enforcement Actions Against Former State Auditor’s Office Employee Brian Scheetz and Consultant Jeffrey Fournier  

6/23/2020 State Ethics Commission

Commission finds reasonable cause to believe Scheetz and Fournier violated conflict of interest law by representing private company marketing software to state agencies in response to audit

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State Ethics Commission issues reminder about restrictions on gifts 

6/09/2020 State Ethics Commission

Some gifts to public employees may be prohibited.

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Ethics Commission Issues Public Education Letters to Former Methuen City Councilors James Atkinson, James Jajuga, and Lynn Vidler 

4/30/2020 State Ethics Commission

Commission finds reasonable cause to be believe Atkinson, Jajuga, and Vidler violated conflict of interest law by voting on police contract

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Former Peabody City Treasurer Jeanne Carnevale Pays $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violating the Conflict of Interest Law 

4/16/2020 State Ethics Commission

Carnevale, as City Treasurer, directed and facilitated sales of tax-delinquent real estate financially benefiting her family and associates

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West Stockbridge Fire Chief and Former Select Board Member Peter Skorput Pays $5,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

3/02/2020 State Ethics Commission

Skorput voted to reappoint himself Fire Chief, decided payments for himself and his daughter, and retaliated against a firefighter

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State Ethics Commission Issues Public Education Letter to Former Winchester Zoning Board of Appeals Member Lawrence Beals 

1/09/2020 State Ethics Commission

Commission found reasonable cause to believe Beals violated the conflict of interest law

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