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Nepotism and Self-Dealing Enforcement Cases and Decisions (Financial Interests Conflicting with Official Duties) (G.L. c. 268A, §§ 6, 13, 19)

G.L. c. 268A, §§ 6, 13, 19
  1. Amorello, Matthew Docket No. 07-0032
    Former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Chairman Matthew Amorello fined $2,000 for participating in revising the Turnpike Authority's sick leave buyback policy while having a financial interest in the policy change.

  2. Anderson, Joan Docket No. 09-0005
    Westminster Conservation Commission member Joan Anderson fined $2,000 for participating in matters in which she and her husband had financial interests, and for participating in matters affecting businesses with whom she and her husband had business dealings.

  3. Arlos, Peter Docket No. 05-0004
    Former Berkshire County Treasurer Peter Arlos fined $1,000 and forfeited $1,200 for voting as a Berkshire County Retirement Board member to increase his own salary.

  4. Aspden, Maryellen Public Education Letter
    Public Education Letter: Municipal Employment; Summer Jobs; Voting on Immediate Family

  5. Auty, J. Martin Docket No. 569
    Mendon police officer J. Martin Auty fined $500 for participating in hiring his stepdaughter.

  6. Aylmer, John F. Public Enforcement Letter 90-7
    The State Ethics Commission issued a Public Enforcement Letter to Massachusetts Maritime Academy President John F. Aylmer in connection with his taking personal friends and family members on two Academy training cruises as "observers."

  7. Baez, Priscilla Docket No. 10-0006
    School Committee member voted on two occasions to approve the creation of the Special Assistant position and, at the time of such votes, knew that the superintendent planned to appoint her brother to the new position, and that the new position would include a pay increase.

  8. Baj, Frank Docket No. 334
    A former building inspector found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for issuing permits for new construction work when he had been hired in his private capacity to do the work.

  9. Baldwin, Charles O. Docket No. 383
    Swansea Planning Board member fined $6,000 for violating the conflict of interest law by participating in matters that affected two private companies in which he had a financial interest.

  10. Banas, Vicki Public Education Letter
    The Commission  issued a Public Education Letter to Department of Developmental Services (DDS) employee Vicki Banas to resolve allegations that Ms. Banas violated the conflict of interest law.  Ms. Banas, while a DDS Program Manager in the DDS Central/West Region, solicited quotes and approved work performed at DDS facilities by a company owned by a family member and another company owned by a close family friend, in possible violation of sections 6 and 23 of the confllict of interest law.

  11. Banks, Rudy Docket No. 447
    A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 by acting as a board member on a variance application when he knew his son would be working on a plumbing project for which the variance was needed.

  12. Bates, Stanley Docket No. 480
    A police chief found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for awarding town contracts to his son or to a company wholly owned and operated by his son.

  13. Bayko, Andrew Docket No. 139
    Municipal Wiring Inspector who also performed private electrical work in town, found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19, 23(d) and 23(e).

  14. Baylis, Robert Docket No. 07-0014
    Lancaster Board of Health member Robert Baylis was fined $2,000 and forfeited $1,800 for awarding a contract to mow the landfill, and then mowing the landfill and receiving payment for the work.

  15. Beaudry, Francis H. Docket No. 551
    Warren Selectman Francis Beaudry participated in wage issue that affected the financial interests of his wife's brother.

  16. Becker, Marc Docket No. 06-0023
    Webster Planning Board member Marc Becker fined $4,000 for endorsing "approval not required" plans for two properties for which he served as the listing real estate broker.

  17. Bernard, Paul A. Docket No. 284
    Freetown Planning Board member acknowledged he violated section 17 of G.L. c. 268A when, in his private capacity as a real estate broker, he represented private clients before his own board. Bernard agreed he also violated section 19 of G.L. c. 268A when he took steps, as a board member, to further the goals of two development proposals in which he, as a real estate broker, had a financial interest.

  18. Bossi, Ruthanne Docket No. 652
    The Commission fined former Billerica Building Inspector Ruthanne Bossi $10,000 for violating the state's conflict of interest law by reviewing and approving permit applications submitted by her brother, George Allen, a Billerica developer.

  19. Brawley, Henry A. Docket No. 152
    A municipal employee violated sections 23(a) and 19 by, in his private capacity, performing surveying work for a firm under contract with his own municipal agency and by participating in the agency's decisions (e.g., change orders), regarding that same firm.

  20. Brennan, Maureen Docket No. 08-0002
    Marlboro Department of Community Development Finance Assistant Maureen Brennan fined $5,000 for participating in a rehabilitation loan application filed by her fiance-then husband.

  21. Brewer, Walter Docket No. 338
    A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 by participating in a matter that affected his children's financial interest.

  22. Briggs, Sherman E. Docket No. 13-0006
    Marion Conservation Commission member cited for conflict of interest law violations after being paid to perform excavation work at a private school after participating, as a ConCom member, in approving the project.

  23. Brougham, Harry L. Docket No. 586
    Municipal Water District Commission member admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by participating in approving payments to a vendor company owned by his son.

  24. Bukowski, Paulin J. Docket No. 577
    Municipal Plumbing and Gas Inspector fined $1,500 for inspecting his brother's work.

  25. Burgess, Richard Docket No. 417
    A real estate agent and planning board member found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by acting as a planning board member of plans for properties that were sold by him or his private sector employer.

  26. Burgmann, Robert Docket No. 462
    A former planning board chair found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for sending an official memorandum to the town's board of health asking them to require that a local developer install a nitrate reducing septic system designed by a company that he worked for and partially owned.

  27. Bush, Elaine Docket No. 530
    Millbury Athletic Director Elaine Bush violated section 19 by participating in interviewing candidates for the position of high school girls basketball coach and forwarding the list of candidates to the school superintendent.  Bush's daughter was one of the candidates for the job, and she was subsequently hired for the position by the superintendent.

  28. Butters, William Docket No. 450
    A selectman found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by participating in matters that affected his firefighter son's financial interests, and in liquor license matters in which he himself had a financial interest.

  29. Cabral, Francisco Docket No. 677
    Former Fall River Wiring Inspector Francisco Cabral fined $750 for inspecting his son's electrical work.

  30. Caissie, Jennie Public Education Letter
    Municipal Selectman cited for participating in permitting a fruit stand business that competed with her family's fruit stand business.

  31. Caliri, Michael A. Docket No. 613
    A municipal school department director of maintenance and custodial services violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19, 23(b)(2) and(b)(3) for seeking and receiving services from subordinates and a school department vendor in connection with the construction of his new home, and for supervising his brother.

  32. Callahan, Francis P. Docket No. 653
    Ayer Commissioner of Trust Funds violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by investing $90,000 of the trust funds' money with New England Securities, the licensed broker/dealer of securities for his employer, New England Financial.

  33. Campanini, Eileen Docket No. 705
    Bridgewater Zoning Board of Appeals member violated section 19 when she participated in a matter where she had a financial interest.

  34. Capman, Mary Docket No. 11-09
    Former Gardner Golf Commission member admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by not filing a disclosure regarding the financial interest of a family member prior to facilitating a financial gain for that family member through her position.

  35. Cassidy, Peter J. Docket No. 333
    Swampscott Police Chief Peter Cassidy violated section 19 by recommending four of his sons to positions on the police force.

  36. Cellucci, Joseph D. Docket No. 335
    Cambridge Inspectional Services employee Joseph Cellucci violated section 19 by attempting to control jurisdiction over inspection and enforcement of the state's sanitation code for a property owned by members of his immediate family.

  37. Chase, Dana G. Docket No. 196
    The Order to Show Cause alleged that the Respondent, a member of the Board of Selectmen of the Town of East Bridgewater, violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19 and 23 by a participating as a municipal employee in certain particular matters in which he and the real estate firm he owned and operated in his private capacity had a financial interest. The Commission found that the Respondent did not violate G.L. c. 268A, sections 19 and 23.

  38. Christianson, Jr. Carl G. Docket No. 07-0030
    Rutland DPW Supervisor violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19 and 23(b)(2) by hiring his son for a town position that was not publicly posted.

  39. Cibley, Lawrence J. Docket No. 374
    A chairman of the board of selectmen found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 23 by trying to fix a speeding ticket given to a friend.

  40. Cimeno, Kenneth Docket No. 359
    Dedham Assistant Building Inspector Kenneth Cimeno violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by signing and issuing building permits for two sites owned by a realty trust for which he and his parents served as trustees.

  41. Coelho, Paul Docket No. 697
    Norfolk Building Commissioner violated sections 18(a) & 19 when he participated in matters involving his future private employment.

  42. Colella, George Docket No. 368
    A mayor found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for hiring and supervising his daughter.

  43. Columbus, Robert Docket No. 468
    Stoneham Building Inspector Robert Columbus violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for issuing building permits to himself and his two sons.

  44. Connors, Brian Public Education Letter
    East Bridgewater Special Police Officer had prohibited financial interests in contracts with the police department through his company, Flagship Security Systems, Inc.; also participated in preparing bid specifications for a contract he knew his company would bid on.

  45. Corbosiero, Guy Docket No. 10-0013
    Municipal Planning Board member, violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by participating in a particular matter concerning the Overlay District, which involved properties that were, respectively, across the street and a block away from his sister's House.

  46. Coughlin, Marguerite Docket No. 331
    A planning board member found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by voting on a zoning matter affecting her neighbor.

  47. Cataldo, Edward Docket No. 07-0020
    Leominster Director of Inspections Edward Cataldo fined $3,000 and forfeited $300 for advertising his energy code audit business at the inspections office, receiving compensation from clients for performing energy code audit work that was then submitted with building permit applications, and for reviewing his energy code audit work along with building permit applications.

  48. Craven, Jr., James J. Docket No. 110
    The Ethics Commission decided constitutional issues raised by the respondent, and then found that the respondent, State Representative James J. Craven, Jr., violated sections 6 and 23 by using his position to pressure EOCD officials to provide state funding for a community development corporation , Jamaica Plain Community Development Foundation, founded by Craven's legislative aide, which rented space in a building owned by Rep. Craven's siblings.  The Commission found that Rep. Craven did not violate section 2 in connection with this matter.

  49. Crean, Thomas Docket No. 06-0015
    Former Beverly Mayor fined $1,000 and reimbursed the city $500 for directing that the Purchasing Director declare his laptop computer as surplus property and allowing him to purchase the laptop for $100.

  50. Cronin, Jr., Frederick B. Public Education Letter 87-1
    The Commission issued a Public Enforcement letter concluding that, Lynn city tax collector violated the conflict of interest law by hiring his brother as his assistant.

  51. Crossman, David Docket No. 442
    A former member and chair of a conservation commission found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 17(a), section 18(a), section 19 and section 23(b)(3) for his private consulting work in connection with the state's Wetland Protection Act.

  52. Cunningham, George Docket No. 154
    A municipal employee violated section 19 by participating in discussions and decisions relative to the award of a municipal contract to his wife's company and violated section 20 by subcontracting through his own company to do work for the town.

  53. Curtin, Peter Docket No. 636
    A Tyringham Board of Selectmen member found to have violated G. L. c. 268A, section 19 by participating in a particular matter in which he had a financial interest.

  54. Daly, Joseph Docket No. 08-0012
    Former Randolph Housing Authority Executive Director fined $5,000 for attempting to purchase property from a Housing Authority applicant and for participating in matters affecting applicants that were at the time renting from his father.

  55. D'Amico, Michael J. Docket No. 670
    Former Quincy City Councilor was fined $1,250 for violating G.L. c. 268A, section 19 the state's conflict of interest law.

  56. DeOliveira, John Docket No. 376
    A former selectman found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for signing his wife's employment contract for her job as a police department dispatcher.

  57. Deschenes, Douglas C. Docket No. 06-0002
    Westford Affordable Housing Committee member was fined $5,000 and forfeited $3,862 for representing clients before the AHC.

  58. Desrosiers, Yvonne B. Docket No. 345
    A Treasurer/Collector found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for hiring her son.

  59. DiPasquale, Julie A. Public Education Letter
    Somerville School Committee member cited in a Public Enforcement Letter for participating in matters affecting her family members financial interests.

  60. Dickinson, Delwin Docket No. 13-0011
    The former Hosting Services Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Information Technology Division (“ITD”), admitted to violating the conflict of interest law, by awarding contracts and approving payments to hardware and software reseller Advizex after entering into employment negotiations with the company.

  61. Donaldson, Robert Docket No. 463
    A former health agent found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for witnessing numerous percolation tests on land that was either already listed with his real estate agency or that he knew or expected would be listed with the agency once the percolation tests were successful.

  62. Donovan, Joseph F. Docket No. 598
    Brockton Building Commissioner fined $3,000 for inspecting work done by his son.

  63. Doyle, Patricia A. Docket No. 606
    Weymouth Parks Commissioner fined $500 for participating in reclassifying a family members job from park ranger to park superintendent.

  64. Duarte, Bruce Docket No. 13-0009
    The State Ethics Commission issued a Decision and Order finding that Bruce Duarte, a senior property manager at the New Bedford Housing Authority, violated section 19 of G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by directing NBHA staff to stop the eviction of his brother from an NBHA apartment.  The Commission ordered Duarte to pay a civil penalty of $1,000.  

  65. Dubay, Francis H. Docket No. 676
    Erving Selectman fined $1,000 for participating in his appointment by the Selectmen as the part-time, paid, assistant town treasurer.

  66. Duggan, Joseph Docket No. 527
    Hull Lighting Plant General Foreman violated G.L. c. 268 A, section 19 by participating in a particular matter where his immediate family members had a financial interest.

  67. Enis, Paul Docket No. 544
    Dracut Water Commission member participated in hiring and supervising his son.

  68. Erbetta, Robert Public Education Letter
    Public Education Letter issued to a former member of the Board of Trustees, of the Marblehead Community Charter Public School, to resolve allegations that he violated the conflict of interest law by performing private construction-related work for the school while he was a member of the Board.

  69. Esposito, Michele Docket No. 421
    Former Department of Revenue (DOR) employee Michele Esposito fined $500 for negotiating future employment with technical consulting firm Maximus Inc., while she was co-contract administrator for a $4.8 million contract Maximus had with DOR. 

  70. Farley, Robert Docket No. 255
    The acting supervisor of the Division of Elevator Inspections in the Department of Public Safety admitted he violated section 6 of G. L. c. 268A by inspecting several hundred elevators either built or maintained by companies which were employing him privately.

  71. FitzPatrick, Malcolm Public Enforcement Letter 91-1
    The Ethics Commission finds reasonable cause to believe Stow Selectman Malcolm FitzPatrick violated the conflict of interest law by participating during several public meetings in discussions over a housing development that could have impacted his private property.

  72. Fleming, Thomas Docket No. 18-0007
    Northern Essex Community College Police Academy Director Thomas Fleming paid a $5,000 civil penalty after admitting he violated two sections of the conflict of interest law by recommending the college purchase training gear for the Academy from his private employer, a sporting goods company, and by representing both the Academy and the company in those transactions. Fleming received commissions on the purchases.

  73. Forristall, John Docket No. 457
    Winthrop Recreation Commission member John Forristall violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by selling janitorial supplies to the Recreation Department and collecting $1,125 in commissions for the sales.

  74. Foskett, Gerry Docket No. 16-0002
    The Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which Gerry Foskett, the Town of Charlton Highway Department Superintendent, admitted to violating section 19 on multiple occasions, by hiring three of his brothers and his son to plow snow for the Town, and by hiring his son to build a retaining wall at the new Highway Department Barn.  Pursuant to the Agreement, Foskett paid a $7,500 civil penalty.

  75. Fryer, Josef Docket No. 05-0003
    Dover Municipal Well Inspector fined $2,000 for conducting well inspections for his private water company customers.

  76. Frizado, Raymond Public Education Letter
    Public Education Letter: Municipal Employment; Summer Jobs; Voting on Immediate Family

  77. Gagne, Armand Docket No. 558
    Dighton Board of Selectmen chair Armand Gagne improperly had his university course work paid by the town's tuition reimbursement program.

  78. Gaskins, Mable E. Docket No. 623
    A former school department superintendent found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 and section 23(b)(3) for hiring and approving payments to her sister and by signing a contract and approving payments to a person with whom she shared an apartment.

  79. Gaudette, Paul Docket No. 599
    Dracut Building Inspector Paul Gaudette fined $2,000 for issuing permits for his own property and for participating in matters affecting a company which loaned him money to buy the property.

  80. Geary, James Docket No. 323
    A selectman found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by voting for his brother's appointment to acting and then permanent police chief.

  81. Gibney, James Docket No. 532
    An assistant superintendent of schools found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for adding his daughter's name to a list of substitute teachers. As assistant superintendent, he was responsible for maintaining the list of substitute teachers for the school system.

  82. Gillis, Robert Docket No. 370
    Brockton Police Chief Robert Gillis violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for participating in the appointment of his son to a position within the police department.

  83. Goodhue, Richard Docket No. 596
    Randolph Planning Board member Richard Goodhue fined $750 for participating in the Planning Board's review of a subdivision application while having an expectation that he would do masonry work for the developers of the subdivision.

  84. Goudreault, Marjorie Docket No. 325
    A city councilor found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for voting on a pay increase for her brother, the mayor.

  85. Griffin, William T. Docket No. 349
    A county advisory board chairman found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 13 by voting to approve a transfer of funds that included a salary increase for his son.

  86. Griffith, John L. Docket No. 438
    A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 by participating in a review of an environmental impact report submitted by a private company while he was simultaneously negotiating with the company for prospective employment.

  87. In the Matter of Ruvane E. Grossman, Docket No. 723
    UMass Medical School Consultant Ruvane Grossman paid $10,000 civil penalty for having a consulting relationship with a company in connection with an intellectual property contract involving UMass Medical School, in violation of sections 4 and 6.

  88. Hackenson, Thomas D. Docket No. 621
    A building inspector found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for inspecting and approving work performed by his son.

  89. Hansen, Howard Docket No. 16-0001
    The Commission issued a Decision and Order finding that former Stoughton Town Moderator Howard Hansen violated sections 19, 20 and 23 of the conflict of interest law and imposed a $4,000 civil penalty.

  90. Hart, William, Docket No. 407
    Metropolitan District Commission Deputy Director of Recreation William Hart fined $1500 for directing the recalculation of vacation time for MDC employees including his mother, and for interceding in an employee transfer that resulted in a supervisor with whom his mother had a history of conflicts being transferred to another facility.

  91. Higgins, Jr., Edward Docket No. 06-0024
    Lynn Fire Chief Edward Higgins fined $3,000 for promoting, supervising and approving overtime for his girlfriend, who later became his spouse.

  92. Hoey, Paul Docket No. 07-0016
    Mass Highway Engineer Paul Hoey fined $2,000 for participating in a promotion while his son was a candidate for the promotion.

  93. Hohengasser, Herbert Docket No. 578
    Greenfield Alternate Plumbing and Gas Inspector Herbert Hohengasser fined $1,000 for inspecting his son's work.

  94. Howlett, Roger W. Docket No. 561
    Raynham Assessor Roger Howlett fine $500 for participating in hiring his daughter to a senior clerk position in the Assessor's office.

  95. Hubbard, Hugh K. Docket No. 585
    Belchertown Water District Commission member Hugh Hubbard admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by participating in approving salary payments to his wife, the board's clerk-treasurer.

  96. Hulbig, William J. Docket No. 167
    A municipal building commissioner violated section 19 by issuing three permits for, and carrying out seven inspections of, construction projects performed by his son. In light of the ten individual instances of improper conduct.

  97. Keeler, Harley Docket No. 541
    Uxbridge Fire Chief Harley Keeler participated in hiring his stepdaughter, an immediate family member.

  98. Khambaty, Abdullah Docket No. 322
    A school committee member found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for participating in a matter affecting his wife's financial interest.

  99. Kiley, Edwin Docket No. 635
    Burlington Zoning Board of Appeals member Edwin Kiley violated section 19 by participating in a zoning board of appeals decision regarding land abutting his property, a matter in which he had a financial interest.

  100. Kulian, Jacob Docket No. 721
    Middleborough Assessor, Jacob Kulian admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by taking actions that reduced his property taxes. Kulian paid an $8,000 fine and reimbursed the town of Middleborough $2,215 for property tax abatements and reductions he was not entitled to receive.

  101. Laflamme, Ernest Docket No. 329
    A city treasurer found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for depositing and reinvesting a substantial amount of money in a bank while sitting on the board of directors of the bank.

  102. LaFratta, Paul Docket No. 07-0025
    North Attleboro Electrical Inspector violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by having a financial interest in a matter involving an immediate family member.

  103. Lamothe, Blake Docket No. 14-0002
    Palmer Redevelopment Authority Chairman Blake Lamothe admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by participating as a PRA member in efforts to secure millions of dollars in state funding to revitalize Union Station, a train depot he owns.  Pursuant to the Disposition Agreement, Lamothe paid a $5,000 civil penalty.

  104. Langsam, Joan Docket No. 644
    Somerville City Solicitor violated section 19 by participating in a matter affecting her spouse's financial interests.

  105. Larkin, John Jr. Docket No. 394
    MBTA Red Line District Supervisor violated the conflict of interest law by interviewing candidates for two promotions, for which his daughter was also a candidate, without properly disclosing his relationship to his appointing authority. 

  106. Laurel-Paine, Tamarin Docket No. 680
    Former Middlefield Planning Board member Tamarin Laurel-Paine fined $1,000 for participating in a rezoning matter that affected property she had recently purchased.

  107. Ling, Deirdre Docket No. 384
    The State Ethics Commission finds that University of Massachusetts Amherst Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development Deirdre A. Ling violated the Conflict of Interest Law by overseeing a contract with a private company for which she had done freelance work.

  108. Lockhart, Benjamin, Docket No. 355
    A Town Councilor found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by voting on a pair raise ordnance that included a salary increase for his son.

  109. Logan, Louis L. Docket No. 131
    Certified Public Accountant who provided private accounting services and was also employed by the Mass. Science & Technology Foundation was found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 3(b), 4(a), 23(e) and (f), and G.L. c. 268B, section 7.

  110. Longo, Kendall, Docket No. 667
    Rowley Board of Health Secretary Kendell Longo fined $4,000 for signing permits for her brother's property.

  111. Look, Christopher S., Jr., Docket No. 423
    Dukes County Sheriff Christopher S. Look, Jr., paid a $1,000 civil penalty for violating section 23(b)(3) of the conflict of interest law by reappointing three members of his immediate family to deputy-sheriff positions within his department.

  112. MacDonald, Robert, Docket No. 18-0005
    Dighton Police Chief Robert MacDonald paid a $7,000 civil penalty for violating the conflict of interest law by participating in his son’s appointment as a full-time police officer.

  113. Mach, Leonard Docket No. 469
    A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 for participating in his son's appointment to a more secure job at the same time when layoffs were likely.

  114. Mahoney, Eugene J. Docket No. 193
    Former Braintree Board of Assessors member violated the conflict law by improperly lowering the assessment on property in which he and his family had a financial interest.

  115. Magliano, Frank Docket No. 354
    A city employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for hiring his son.

  116. Main, Brian Docket No. 567
    Hopedale Building Commissioner Brian Main fined $1,000 for participating in a subdivision permit where his architectural firm had drafted the preliminary plans for the subdivision, and would likely receive more work drafting home construction plans.

  117. Maloney, Jr., William J. Docket No. 618
    A selectman found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19 for participating in the selectmen's discussion of a bylaw amendment in which he and his employer, had a financial interest.

  118. Mann, Charles W. Docket No. 481
    A state representative found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 for his involvement in a certification dispute between the state agency and the ousted board of directors of a credit union while he was in litigation against the credit union and while he and a business partner had a credit union mortgage loan which was delinquent.

  119. Marshall, Clifford Docket No. 408
    Norfolk County Sheriff Clifford Marshall was fined for improper use of a credit card and also for appointing his sons as deputy sheriffs.

  120. Mater, Gary Docket No. 388
    Former Hubbardston Board of Health member fined $5,000 for violating the conflict of interest law, by receiving payments for inspections he performed in the name of the board's agent. 

  121. May, David E. Docket No. 213
    Mansfield Selectman David May violated sections 19 and 23 of the conflict of interest law by participating in approval of a contract between the town and his wife's employees' union and by taking action as a selectman and as an electric light department commissioner on behalf of his son.

  122. Mazareas, James Docket No. 607
    The Commission issued a Decision and Order concluding that Lynn School Superintendent James Mazareas violated the conflict law by making personnel decisions about his wife.

  123. McCarthy, David F. Docket No. 682
    Greenfield Police Chief David McCarthy fined for participating in a sergeant promotion while his police officer son was a candidate for the position.

  124. McCormack, Michael Docket No. 424
    Dukes County Special Sheriff Michael McCormack fined $6,000 for scheduling himself to work paid court-officer shifts during times when he was scheduled to work in the county jail. 

  125. McCormick, James Docket 12-0005
    The State Ethics Commission approved a Final Order and a Disposition Agreement concluding the adjudicatory proceeding involving former North Middlesex Regional School District Superintendent James McCormick.  According to the Agreement, McCormick admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, and agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty. 

  126. McKinnon, Robert S. Docket No. 601
    State Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters member fined for participating in matters involving his private employer, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, and for representing Stop & Shop before his board.

  127. McLean, William G. Docket No. 143
    Member of the Woburn Golf and Ski Authority and Director and Officer of the Woburn Golf and Social Club was found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, sections 19, 20 and 23(a).

  128. McPherson, Donald G. Docket No. 704
    Stow Planning Board member violated § 19 by participating in a matter where he had a financial interest.

  129. Michael, George A. Docket No. 137
    Dept. of Public Health employee violated sections 3(b), 6, 23(d), (e) and (f)  of the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, and section 7 of the financial disclosure law, G.L. c. 268B.

  130. Michienzi, Vincent, Sr. Docket No. 17-0002
    The Commission has approved a Disposition Agreement in which Vincent Michienzi, Sr., admitted to violating the conflict of interest law by voting as a member of the Bourne Planning Board to approve a special permit for one of his commercial tenants and paid a $5,000 civil penalty.

  131. Mondeau, Marilyn Docket No. 545
    East Bridgewater Wage and Personnel Board member participated in a wage increase affecting an immediate family member.

  132. Montalbano, Janis Public Education Letter
    Narragansett Regional School Committee member Janis Montalbano cited for approving payments to vendor companies owned by her husband and son.

  133. Muir, Roger H. Docket No. 340
    A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 for his involvement in the promotion of his son to a position under his supervision.

  134. Munyon, George Jr. Docket No. 366
    A highway department superintendent found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for recommending his son for a job with his department.

  135. Nadeau, Denis Docket No. 18-0002
    Amesbury Building Inspector Denis Nadeau paid a $3,500 civil penalty after admitting to violating the conflict of interest law by intervening in his official capacity as building inspector in work performed at the home of his next-door neighbors

  136. Najemy, George Docket No. 264
    City of Worcester Law Department employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 19 by directing the Worcester city treasurer's office to deposit the insurance proceeds on property which he owned. The Commission found that the Respondent's conduct did not violate G.L. c. 268A, s. 23.

  137. Nelson, Robert Docket No. 06-0013
    Former Dunstable Selectman fined for making recommendations about an affordable housing project proposed on land he owned.

  138. Newton, Geoffrey Docket No. 516
    A building inspector found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for issuing nine building permits to his brother.

  139. Nichols, Robert Docket No. 15-0001
    The Commission issued a Final Order on Summary Decision and Civil Penalty concluding the adjudicatory proceeding involving Robert Nichols, a former member of the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Blandford.  The Commission entered Summary Decision for the Petitioner Enforcement Division and ordered Nichols to pay a $12,500 civil penalty for violating sections 19, 20 and 23(b)(2)(ii) of the conflict of interest law. 

  140. Nolan, Thomas J. Docket No. 324
    A mayor found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for appointing his brother to the Housing Authority.

  141. Norton, Thomas C. Docket No. 448
    A state senator found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 by supervising his sister, in her job as a legislative aide.

  142. Nowicki, Paul Docket No. 360
    Adams Treasurer/Collector Paul Nowicki violated section 19 and paid a $500 civil penalty for hiring his brother as a deputy tax collector for his town.

  143. Nugent, Ernest Docket No. 609
    Worthington Highway Superintendent fined for participating in the rental of a wood chipper for the town from an immediate family member after being warned by the Ethics Commission not to participate.

  144. O'Brien, Dennis Docket No. 13-0009
    Former Templeton Board of Selectmen member and Municipal Building Study Committee member Dennis O’Brien admitted to violating section 19 by participating in the Town’s purchase of a vacant factory building located directly across the street from the O’Brien residence.  

  145. O'Donnell, Michael Docket No. 11-0024
    Carver Selectman violated section 19 of 268A by participating in Town Administrator contract discussions after being warned not to by the State Ethics Commission

  146. Padula, Mary L. Docket No. 347
    A state senator found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 for requesting that her daughter be hired as a legislative aide for her district.

  147. Parseghian, Scott Public Education Letter
    The Commission issued a Public Education Letter to Scott Parseghian, the Wayland High School Head Football Coach to resolve allegations that Mr. Parseghian violated §§ 17, 19 and 23 of the conflict of interest law by making purchases of athletic apparel for Wayland High School sports teams from his father’s businesses, and by representing those businesses in merchandise purchases by other Wayland High School teams, clubs and departments.

  148. In the Matter of Harold Partamian, Docket No. 446
    A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 6 and c. 268B, section 7 for participating in the investigation of complaints against the pharmacy corporation the employed him as a part time pharmacist and for failing to report his part-time employment on his SFI.

  149. Partamian, Harold Docket No. 555
    Board of Registration in Pharmacy Executive Secretary Harold Partamian violated section 6 by participating in matters affecting his private employer, Insta-Care Pharmacy Service Corp.

  150. Pathiakis, Paul Docket No. 673
    Upton Tech Committee member violated sections 19 & 20 by having a financial interest after being involved in updating town equipment.

  151. Payson, Raymond Docket No. 07-0035
    North Attleboro Planning Board Chair Raymond Payson fined $5,000 for participating in a development application on property that abuts property owned by Payson and his brother.

  152. Pearson, William P. Docket No. 533
    A member of a water commission found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 17 and section 19 for participating in particular matters in which he had a financial interest.

  153. Pellicelli, John A. Docket No. 162
    Middleton Housing Authority board member John Pellicelli violated section 19 by participating in a decision involving an immediate family member.

  154. Pender, Peter Docket No. 06-0008
    Former Clinton Building Inspector fined $2,000 for reviewing construction plans and issuing building permits for property he owned.

  155. Penn, Richard Docket No. 557
    Revere City Councilor Richard Penn was fined $500 for participating in a matter affecting his private employer, Wonderland Greyhound Park.

  156. Penn, Richard, PEL 97-1
    Revere City Councilor Richard Penn was cited in a Public Enforcement Letter for participating in a special permit application affecting his private employer, Wonderland Greyhound Park, after receiving improper advice from City Solicitor Richard Villiotte that the city council could invoke the Rule of Necessity to allow Penn to vote on the matter.

  157. Pereira, James Public Education Letter
    Public Education Letter: Municipal Employment; Summer Jobs; Voting on Immediate Family

  158. Pierce, Richard Docket No. 12-0004
    Former Attleboro Police Chief Richard Pierce violated sections 19 and 23(b)(2)(ii) of the conflict of interest law by participating in an internal investigation involving his police officer son.

  159. Pigaga, John, Docket No. 254
    The chairman of a state licensing board was assessed a $2,000 civil penalty in connection with his admission that he violated section 6 of the conflict law. In particular, that individual acknowledged that in the winter of 1982-1983, he took a licensing exam, the answers to which he, as a board member, had helped to establish. After completing the exam, he graded his own paper and issued himself a license.

  160. Poley, Philip Docket No. 13-0007
    Former MassHealth Chief Operating Officer Philip Poley pays $25,000 civil penalty for violating conflict of interest law by negotiating for a job with a company while working on a MassHealth/UMass project on which he was soliciting the company's involvement. 

  161. Powers, Stephen, Docket No. 654
    Chelsea City Councilor Stephen Powers paid a $1,000 civil penalty for violating section 23 by seeking to establish short-term parking spaces outside S&L Subs, a sub shop co-owned by his wife.

  162. Prue, Richard Docket No. 14-0008
    The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which Richard Prue, the transportation director of the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative admitted to repeatedly violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law by, as transportation director, approving payments to a transportation vendor, which employed his wife as a bus monitor.  Pursuant to the Agreement, Prue paid a $5,000 civil penalty.

  163. Prunier, George, PEL 88-1
    Grafton Selectman George Prunier violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by participating in the deliberations and negotiations for the town's purchase of a private landfill site directly across the street from his home.

  164. Race, Clarence, Docket No. 327
    A selectman and chairman found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for sending a letter under his official signature as chairman to a state agency concerning a parcel of land that he owned.

  165. Recore, Omer H. Jr., Docket No. 656
    The Commission fined Milford Police Sgt. Omer H. Recore, Jr. $1,000 for violating the state's conflict of interest law by preparing a police report for a motor vehicle accident involving his wife. In a Disposition Agreement, Recore admitted that he violated G.L. c. 268A, § 19 by preparing an official police report on December 6, 2000 for an automobile accident that took place on the previous day and involved his wife Elaine Recore.

  166. Reinertson, William, Docket No. 474
    A municipal employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for awarding town contracts to two companies he personally owned and operated, and for attempting to conceal his financial interests in the contracts.

  167. Renna, Robert G., Docket No. 622
    Former Program Director of the Lexington-Arlington-Burlington-Bedford-Belmont Collaborative (LABBB), paid a $4,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that he violated the conflict of interest law by using LABBB resources and funds to operate Northeast Reality Therapy Associates (NERTA), a private business association formed by Renna, two of his LABBB subordinates and a LABBB consulting psychologist.

  168. Richenburg, Henry Docket No. 15-0002
    Salisbury Selectman Henry Richenburg paid a $2,500 civil penalty for violating sections 19 and 23 of the conflict of interest law by participating as a selectman in tabling, and then approving, an application for a poultry business license submitted by his son-in-law, where Richenburg's daughter was employed by the business, and where the property on which the poultry business operations would be conducted was owned by his daughter and son-in-law, as well as on a portion of property owned by Richenburg.

  169. Rizzo, Anthony, Docket No. 373
    Revere School Committee member Anthony Rizzo found to have violated section 19 for voting to create a school security guard position that he knew his son would occupy.

  170. Rogers, Jr., John, Docket No. 283
    Fairhaven School Committee member admitted he violated section 19 of G.L. c. 268A when, on several occasions, he participated in school committee discussions relating to a collective bargaining agreement which would affect the financial interests of his wife, who was a teacher in the Fairhaven school system.

  171. Romeo, Paul, Docket No. 278
    Ashland tax collector acknowledged he violated section 19 by participating, in his capacity as tax collector, in decisions as to when and how to collect his own delinquent real estate taxes.

  172. Rose, John Public Education Letter
    Oak Bluffs Fire-Emergency Medical Services Department Chief John Rose hired and supervised immediate family members

  173. Rotondi, Michael H. Docket No. 703
    Stoneham Town Moderator violated section 19 by participating in a matter where he had a financial interest.

  174. Rowe, Edward, Docket No. 346
    MBTA Acting Chief of Engineering and Maintenance Edward Rowe violated section 6 by signing documents which authorized the hiring of his son.

  175. Ruffo, John, Docket No. 512
    A former senior plumbing inspector found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by issuing plumbing permits for work performed by his son.

  176. Russo, James Docket No. 414
    Hull Fire Chief James N. Russo fined $750 for violating the conflict of interest law by appointing his wife's brother to the position of "permanent intermittent" firefighter.

  177. Sawyer, John, Docket No. 678
    Former Gloucester Electrical Inspector John Sawyer fined $2,000 for inspecting his brother's electrical work.

  178. Scaccia, Angelo M. Docket No. 529
    A state representative found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 23(b)(3) and G.L. c. 268B by receiving illegal gratuities for himself and family members, by creating the appearance of conflict related to the gratuities, and by accepting gifts worth more than $100 from lobbyists and by failing to report the gratuities on his financial disclosure forms.

  179. Seguin, Roland, Docket No. 464
    A former member of the town tourism committee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for purchasing a series of commemorative plates for the town from companies he represented as a salesman, and for receiving commissions on the sales.

  180. Seveney, Richard, Docket No. 646
    A former zoning board of appeals member found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for participating in a zoning board of appeals decision regarding land abutting his property.

  181. Sheehan, Robert F. Jr., Docket No. 452
    Granby Board of Health member Robert Sheehan violated section 19 by witnessing percolation tests done by his father's company and witnessing a top soil/sub-soil inspection performed by his employer.

  182. Silva, Jr., John L. Docket No. 09-0004
    Former East Bridgewater Police Chief John Silva, Jr. fined $5,000 for involving himself in disciplinary matters involving his police officer son.

  183. Silvia, Richard Public Education Letter
    Public Education Letter: Municipal Employment; Summer Jobs; Voting on Immediate Family

  184. Smith, Jr., Arthur R. Docket No. 522
    The Commission dismissed an adjudicatory matter involving Wilmington Water and Sewer Commission Chairman Arthur R. Smith, Jr., due to Smith's inability to consult with his lawyer or understand the proceedings against him.

  185. Smith, Bernard J., Docket No. 130
    Department of Public Health Nurse Recruiter Bernard Smith violated sections 4, 6 and 23 of the conflict of interest law by being paid by a private company as a nurse recruiter at the same time he was working as a nurse recruiter for DPH, and also by, on behalf of DPH, contracting with the private company to rent space at job fairs where he was also working for the private company.

  186. Smith, James H. Docket No. 425
    James H. Smith, a former member of the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, fined $4,000 for participating in a land acquisition that substantially benefited a business of which Smith was an officer and director. 

  187. Smith, Ross W., Docket No. 542
    Uxbridge Selectman Ross Smith participated in selling a surplus school bus to himself through a straw business.

  188. Smith, Russell, Docket No. 473
    A former chair of the board of selectmen found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for his involvement in a town inquiry into the federal criminal investigation of his brother.

  189. Snell, Thomas Docket No. 15-0009
    The Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which Thomas Snell, a member of the West Bridgewater Zoning Board of Appeals, admitted to violating the conflict of interest law, by participating as a ZBA member in granting variances for two properties while knowing that he had a financial interest in those matters.  Pursuant to the Agreement, Snell paid a $6,500 civil penalty for violating the conflict of interest law.

  190. St. John, Robert Docket No. 389
    North Attleboro wiring inspector fined for performing electrical and wiring work through his private company without first obtaining the proper permits.

  191. Straight, Matthew, Docket No. 07-0005
    Fitchburg City Councilor Matthew Straight fined $2,000 for participating in License Commission matters on neighborhood bars near property Straight planned to redevelop from rental units into condominiums.

  192. Sullivan, Sr., Richard E., Docket No. 276
    The mayor of a small city admitted he violated G. L. c. 268A, section 19 when he appointed his son to a provisional position on the City's police department.

  193. Sun, Gang Docket No. 12-0007
    Physics Professor at a UMass-Boston violated section 6 by hiring his wife to work as his research assistant and teaching assistant on numerous occasions without filing the proper disclosure and obtaining authorization from his appointing authority.

  194. Tardanico, Guy, Docket No. 449
    A school committee member found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by participating in school department contract negotiations with the bargaining unit to which he wife belonged.

  195. Tarmey, Edmund, Docket No. 07-0012
    Former Lowell Regional Water Utility Executive Director Edmund Tarmey fined $2,500 for certifying contract performance which allowed his brother to collect sales commissions.

  196. Thompson, James V., Docket No. 336
    A town counsel found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 17 by representing his private development company before the planning board in a request for a zoning change.

  197. Tivnan, Paul X., Docket No. 348
    A county commissioner found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 13 by voting to approve a request to fund promotional changes that affected the financial interests of his children.

  198. Traini, Suzanne, Docket No. 691
    BOH member violated section 19 by participating in a matter where she had a financial interest.

  199. Tucker, Arthur, Docket No. 369
    A building inspector found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for participating in his official capacity in a dispute over alleged building code, property subdivision and safety violations involving a house that abutted his own property, and that he had expressed an interest in buying.

  200. Turner, Joseph Docket No. 10-0018
    According to the Decision, Turner violated the conflict of interest law by, as Division Foreman, selling four cemetery plots to his parents, and by using his Division Foreman position to secure the plots for his parents in violation of Town policy restricting sales for immediate need, and just before a price increase was to go into effect.

  201. Vinton, Barry, Docket No. 651
    A police chief found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 by recommend that his wife be hired as a police department clerk, by recommending that her position be funded and that her hours be increased and by approving warrants for payments to her.

  202. Walley, Kenneth, Docket No. 649
    Revere Assistant Electrical Inspector Kenneth Walley entered into a Disposition Agreement in which he paid a $2,500 civil penalty for violating sections 17 (a) and (c) and 19 for performing electrical work in the city and then inspecting the work as Assistant Electrical Inspector.

  203. Walsh, David I. Docket No. 188
    A municipal water commissioner violated the conflict law by accepting payment from the town for three private construction jobs, by approving two of the payments, and by billing the town for tires purchased for his personal use.

  204. Walsh-Tomasini, Rita, Docket No. 275
    In a Disposition Agreement between the Commission and a local school committee member, the latter admitted she violated section 19 of the conflict law first by appointing her son to a clerk/typist position on her own staff and again when she took action to grant him a retroactive pay raise.

  205. Wheeler, Richard Docket Number 09-0011
    Barre Department of Public Works Superintendent, Richard Wheeler admitted to violating the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, by attempting to use his official position to secure for himself an unwarranted privilege of substantial value and by participating in his official capacity in a matter in which he had a financial interest.

  206. Willauer, William Docket No. 11-0019
    The Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which a Nantucket Board of Selectmen member admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, on several occasions by voting to award contracts to the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention and to the Family & Children’s Services of Nantucket County, Inc., doing business as Nantucket Behavioral Health Services, Inc. During the relevant time period, he was a member of the board of directors of ASAP, and he was the President of BHS.

  207. Winsor, Shawn Docket No. 07-0015
    Lancaster Board of Health member Shawn Winsor fined $5,000 and forfeited $2,700 for awarding a town contract his own company.

  208. Zager, Jeffrey Docket No. 386
    Jeffrey Zager, administrative assistant to the Mayor of Gloucester, is fined $2,000 for violating the conflict of interest law by participating in the hiring of his sister to a municipal job, and subsequently participating in contract negotiations with the union to which his sister belonged. 

  209. Zeneski, Joseph, PEL 89-3
    A state employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 19 for reviewing work submitted by an engineering firm that he had agreed to work for after leaving his state job.

  210. Zwingelstein, Louis, Docket No. 546
    Sheffield Conservation Commission member Louis Zwingelstein participated in approving a determination of applicability and notice of intent for an applicant knowing his business would then work privately in connection with the applications.

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