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.