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Ethics commission dismisses complaint against pension chief Ash Williams



The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissed a complaint against pension chief Ash Williams, finding no indication he violated conflict of interest laws.

The complaint was filed by David A. Plyer, a retired engineer from Clearwater who has lodged ethics complaints against a number of high-ranking officials.

Plyer said Williams misused his public position when he helped a Miami mortgage firm win a $100 million pension deal. The firm's affiliate, Bayview Financial Holdings, was run by two investors of a New York City hedge fund where Williams used to work.

The ethics commission said in a 10-page report that nothing in Plyer's complaint indicated that Williams illegally used his official position for personal gain or to benefit others. Read more here.

[Last modified: Monday, February 14, 2011 7:54pm]


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