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Ethics panel finds against former San Antonio official

SAN ANTONIO — The state Commission on Ethics has found probable cause that former San Antonio City Commissioner William Plazewski illegally failed to list the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg as a client on his financial disclosure form.

Plazewski, a commissioner from 2007 until his resignation last July, operates an advertising business from his home. The ethics commission found he should have listed the diocese as a major client in 2007. He wasn't required to do so in later years because his company didn't meet a certain income threshold.

Plazewski has since filed amended disclosure forms. He now faces a hearing on whether he violated Florida's code of ethics, which could subject him to a fine. He can also reach a settlement with the commission.

Plazewski on Tuesday referred questions to the ethics commission. A commission spokeswoman said financial disclosure complaints often end in a settlement.

The complaint was filed by San Antonio resident Lou Rinaldi, who also said Plazewski should have written "n/a" on blank sections of the disclosure form. The ethics commission dismissed those allegations.

Ethics panel finds against former San Antonio official 02/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:56pm]

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