State Rep. David Zimmerman (R-Lancaster) has been ordered to pay $14,000 in fines after an investigation found he used his previous position as township supervisor to further a land deal that he and his brother had financial interests in.
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission announced yesterday that Zimmerman failed to disclose his conflicts of interest.
LNP | LancasterOnline reports that Zimmerman has “accepted responsibilities and the penalties.”
The ethics commission wrote that “Zimmerman used the authority of his public position as supervisor/roadmaster for East Earl Township to advance and/or expedite Township approvals of the Wildflower Ridge LLC development, a business with which a member of his immediate family was associated,” according to LNP | LancasterOnline.
In a written statement yesterday, he told LNP | LancasterOnline that he did “not make myself adequately familiar with the requirements regarding the reporting of investments.”
“Although I regularly reported all personal investments that were sources of income, the Wildflower investment resulted only in financial losses,” Zimmerman said in the statement.“I now understand I should have reported all investments, regardless of whether they were profitable, and recused myself from taking official actions as a township supervisor. I apologize, I have accepted the sanctions, and I will not make such mistakes again.”
Zimmerman cruised to re-election earlier this year by defeating Democrat Elizabeth Malarkey to earn a third term representing the 99th state House District.
For further information about the specifics of the ethics violation, read the following story from LNP | LancasterOnline.
LNP | LancasterOnline: State Rep. David Zimmerman ordered to pay $14,000 for ethics violation
A corrupt Republican imagine that
I wouldn’t say failure to report something as corruption. Corruption would be charged with a crime. Liiiike…. a certain democratic state rep. Who refuses to step down. Or a mayor of Allentown and former PA AG who just reported to jail. So why dont you cool it on insinuating Republicans have a corner on public corruption.
Conflict of Interest and using public office for private gain are crimes/corruption
Terrible investment. He lost money on it, then had to pay $14,000 because he didn’t ask questions about how to report directly? What a dope.
“I will not make such mistakes” where I can get caught again.
“It won’t happen again”, because he does not dabble in those type of investments anymore, since he cannot affect them by his govt position now.
LOCK HIM UP!!!!!!!!!
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