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A first for a politician: overstating wealth



This is a first: the Florida Ethics Commission slapped state Rep. Evan Jenne for overstating his wealth on his personal disclosure form. So much for the days when the politicians tried to hide wealth.

The commission said Jenne, D-Dania Beach, didn't properly list assets and income but it took no action "because his errors ... amounted to overreporting income, household goods and personal effects, and were not for the purpose of concealing or misrepresenting his finances."

But Jenne's issue is nothing compared to the situation of Mark Lee, the fire chief of the Florosa Fire District in the Panhandle who allegedly "misused his position to manipulate the complainant's work schedule to allow him to have an extramarital affair with the complainant's wife." The commission found no probable cause of the charge.

In other rulings, the panel dismissed a complaint against state Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros over her $130K travel tab in three years on the job. The commission concluded her personal time at home was “concomitant” (had to use the dictionary for that $4 word; substitute “incidental”) to her official travel. The commission also said its job is not to decide if her events are “worthy” of her attendance.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:30am]


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