Public Employees Who Have A Financial Interest in Additional Public Contracts (G.L. c. 268A, §§ 7, 14, 20) - Enforcement Cases

Enforcement Cases that address G.L. c. 268A, §§ 7, 14, 20
  1. Ansart, James, PEL 98-2
    Hopedale Water and Sewer Commission Chairman cited for having his engineering firm work as a subcontractor on an elementary school renovation project.

  2. 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.

  3. In the Matter of Joyce Campagnone
    The Commission approved a Disposition Agreement in which Joyce Campagnone, a Methuen City Councilor who is also a full-time paid employee of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District, admitted to violating the conflict of interest law, by having a prohibited financial interest in a municipal contract.  Campagnone paid a $1,000 civil penalty for the violation and made restitution to the City of Methuen in the amount of $4,000.     

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Dean, Daniel Docket No. 10-0017
    City of Lynn Board of Health Sanitary Inspector Daniel Dean admitted that he repeatedly violated sections 20 and 23(b)(3) of the conflict of interest law by serving as both a Health Inspector and an appointed city constable, and by failing to disclose instances where he conducted inspections on properties owned by parties for whom he had performed private constable services.

  7. Dean, Daniel Decision and Order
    The Ethics Commission has concluded the adjudicatory matter involving City of Lynn Board of Health Sanitary Inspector Daniel Dean by approving a Disposition Agreement in which Dean admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, and by dismissing the adjudicatory hearing.

  8. Doherty, Henry M., Docket No. 155
    An employee of the Metropolitan District Commission violates section 7 by having a financial interest in a contract made by a state agency.

  9. Dray, David L., Docket No. 146
    Former Executive Director and Legal Counsel to the Hull Redevelopment Authority and former Hull Town Counsel found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 20.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Fleming, Jr., David I., Docket No. 156
    State employee violated G.L. c. 268A, section 7 by holding positions with both the West Roxbury District Court and with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

  13. Fripp, Amy, Docket No. 724
    Commission concludes that the Enforcement Division failed to prove its case against Department of Housing and Community Development paralegal Amy Fripp, who was charged with allegedly violating the conflict of interest law by purchasing a property pursuant to a DHCD program.

  14. Gannon, Harry, Docket No. 06-0018
    Maynard Town Accountant Harry Gannon fined $5,000 and forfeited $20,000 for also serving as the executive director of the Maynard Retirement Board.

  15. 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.

  16. Harrington, Vera Docket No. 234
    Swampscott Board of Assessors member Vera Harrington violated of M.G.L. c. 268A, section 20 by serving as an elected member of the Swampscott Board of Assessors (Board) and the chief clerk for the Board.

  17. Hickson, Paul T., Docket No. 316
    A city councilor and maintenance worker found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 20 for holding two paid city positions.

  18. Kokernak, Thomas, Docket No. 10-0021
    Sterling Fire Department Lieutenant Thomas Kokernak admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, section 20, in connection with the sale of leather emblem shields for fire department helmets to the Town of Sterling.

  19. Llewellyn, John R., Docket No. 05-0007
    Rockland Selectman/Police Department Deputy Chief John Llewellyn fined $2,000 for accepting the deputy chief appointment while a member of the Board of Selectmen.

  20. 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. 

  21. 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).

  22. McMann, Norman, Docket No. 332
    Bristol-Plymouth Regional School Committee member Norman McMann violated G.L. c. 268A, section 20 by voting to approve payment of a school warrant that included payments to a company that he was half-owner.

  23. Molloy, Francis J., Docket No. 263
    In an Agreement between the Commission and a former town councillor, the latter admitted he violated section 20 of G.L. c. 268A and agreed to pay a $250 civil penalty. According to the Agreement, the town councillor violated the law by having a prohibited financial interest in a contract to serve as a firefighter for the same town. The enforcement action was brought and a penalty assessed because the town councillor ignored a formal advisory opinion issued to him a year earlier advising him that he could not hold both positions.

  24. Napier, Sharon, Docket No. 18-0006
    Hingham Housing Authority Executive Director Sharon Napier has paid a $2,500 civil penalty after admitting to violating two sections of the conflict of interest law by having a financial interest in a Housing Authority contract and by approving and co-signing Housing Authority payments to a friend’s company, which she co-founded.

  25. 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. 

  26. O'Neil, Matthew J., Docket No. 650
    Boston Redevelopment Authority Chief of Staff Matthew O'Neil violated section 20 by purchasing a condo unit that required BRA contracts due to a deed restriction.

  27. 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.

  28. Picano, Louis, Docket No., 10-0016
    The Commission determined that Lynn Board of Health Inspector Louis Picano repeatedly violated the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, sections 20 and 23(b)(3) by also performing constable duties as an appointed city constable.

  29. Plante, Curtis, Docket No. 10-0015
    Bolton Board of Selectmen member, Curtis Plante, fined $10,000 for violating G.L. c. 268A, sections17(a), 17(c) and 20.

  30. Puccini, Richard Public Education Letter
    The Commission issued a Public Education Letter to Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School carpentry instructor Richard Puccini to resolve allegations that Mr. Puccini violated the conflict of interest law by contracting with the school to provide it with architectural design services.

  31. Riley, Michael, Docket No. 330
    A city employee found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, section 20 by holding two paid municipal positions.

  32. Slattery, Joseph, Docket No. 08-0017
    Southampton Board of Health member Joseph Slattery fined $4,000 for also serving as the paid, health agent under the supervision of the Board of Health.

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

  34. Strong, Kenneth R., Docket No. 259
    Respondent found to have violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 20[1] by serving as an elected common councilor for the city of Everett (City) and as a maintenance worker for the Everett Housing Authority (EHA).

  35. Uong, Chanrithy Docket No. 709
    Lowell High Housemaster/City Councilor violated section 20 by having multiple municipal positions

  36. 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.

  37. Weddleton, William Docket No. 387
    Norfolk County Deputy Sheriff William Weddleton fined $5,000 for violating section 14 of the conflict of interest law by continuing to serve civil process for pay while working full-time as the Deputy Superintendent of Personnel at the Norfolk County House of Correction.  

  38. Willis, John J., Sr. Docket No. 274
    A former town counsel acknowledged he violated section 20 of G.L. c. 268A and agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty for having a financial interest in insurance contracts made by the town.

  39. 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.

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