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Civil penalties for violations of the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws

Civil penalties that can be imposed by the State Ethics Commission for violations of G.L. c. 268A and 268B.

The Commission is authorized to impose a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation of G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, or G.L. c. 268B, the financial disclosure law, except that a maximum civil penalty of $25,000 may be imposed for a violation of G.L. c. 268A, § 2 (bribery). In addition, in some circumstances, the Commission may issue an order requiring an individual who has violated the conflict of interest law to pay damages in the amount of $500 or the economic advantage gained up to $25,000, whichever is greater. The Commission may require the violator to make restitution to an injured third party. Further, if there has not been a criminal conviction in a matter, the Commission may, with the Attorney General's written approval, order a violator to pay additional damages of up to twice the economic advantage or $500, in which case payment will bar criminal prosecution for the same violation.