State Ethics Commission Announces Enforcement Actions Against Former State Auditor’s Office Employee Brian Scheetz and Consultant Jeffrey Fournier
The State Ethics Commission has issued a Public Education Letter to former Office of the State Auditor (OSA) employee Brian Scheetz to resolve allegations that he violated the conflict of interest law by representing a private company that marketed software to state agencies in response to the findings of an audit on which he had worked. In addition, the Commission’s Enforcement Division issued an Order to Show Cause today alleging former OSA consultant Jeffrey Fournier violated the conflict of interest law in connection with the same set of facts.
Ethics Commission Issues Public Education Letters to Former Methuen City Councilors James Atkinson, James Jajuga, and Lynn Vidler
The State Ethics Commission has issued Public Education Letters to former Methuen City Councilors James Atkinson, James Jajuga, and Lynn Vidler to resolve allegations they violated the state conflict of interest law when they participated in two 2017 City Council votes to approve the Methuen Police Department Superior Officers’ collective bargaining agreement.
Former Peabody City Treasurer Jeanne Carnevale Pays $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violating the Conflict of Interest Law
Former Peabody City Treasurer Jeanne Carnevale has admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by using her public position, city funds, and other public resources in three sales of tax-delinquent Peabody properties which financially benefited her family and associates. Carnevale paid a $50,000 civil penalty, signed a disposition agreement approved by the State Ethics Commission, and waived her right to contest the Commission’s findings.
West Stockbridge Fire Chief and Former Select Board Member Peter Skorput Pays $5,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law
The State Ethics Commission has issued a Final Order approving a Disposition Agreement in which West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput, a former Select Board member, admits to violating the conflict of interest law by continuing to serve as Fire Chief after his election to the Select Board; deciding payment amounts for himself, his daughter, and his nephew; voting as a Select Board member to reappoint himself Fire Chief; terminating a firefighter who had filed a complaint against him; and through other actions. The Commission accepted Skorput’s payment of a $5,000 civil penalty and dismissed the adjudicatory proceeding against him.
State Ethics Commission Issues Public Education Letter to Former Winchester Zoning Board of Appeals Member Lawrence Beals
The State Ethics Commission issued a Public Education Letter to former Winchester Zoning Board of Appeals member Lawrence Beals to resolve allegations that he violated the conflict of interest law. According to the letter, while a developer’s special permit application was pending before the ZBA, Beals did work for the developer and was paid in connection with the application. The letter also states that on another matter, Beals created the appearance of bias by participating as a ZBA member in connection with another special permit request.
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State Ethics Commission press releases for 2020