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Ethics Panel: DJJ secretary 'corruptly' traveled, Rep. Jenne was sloppy



The Florida Commission on Ethics recently released its probable-cause findings, which determined that Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman "corruptly misused his position or DJJ resources to allow himself to incur excessive travel costs between St. Petersburg and Tallahassee which he charged to the State." And then there's the curious case of Rep. Evan Jenne, who might be the first legislator to actually overstate his wealth in his financial disclosure forms by prematurely reporting income from a consulting firm before he earned the cash. That was the subject of a multi-pronged ethics complaint filed against him in 2009 by opponent Christ Chiari. Most of the complaint was thrown out. But Jenne was a little sloppy when it came to detailing his art-and-sports-memorabilia assets. So the ethics commission found that he failed to "fully disclose assets on his 2007 Form 6 as required by the Florida Constitution. However, because the assets were sports memorabilia and a painting that were kept at his parents' home, the Commission will not take further action on the charge unless Jenne requests a hearing." We doubt he will.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 1:36pm]


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