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03/14/2019

Final Adjudications Issued - Princes and Barker

Order No. 1746 (Princes)
Director of the African American Cultural Center
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. A technical violation of Section 1103(a) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(a), occurred when Carolyn Princes (“Princes”), in her capacity as the Inclusion and Multicultural Programming Specialist, serving as the Director of the African American Cultural Center (“AACC”), for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (“IUP”), awarded and/or entered into contracts between IUP/AACC and Maine Prince/Prince Management Group (“PMG”), resulting in a private pecuniary benefit to Maine Prince (her son) and/or a business with which her son is associated (PMG).
2. A technical violation of Section 1103(f) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(f), occurred when Princes awarded and/or entered into contracts between IUP/AACC and Maine Prince/Prince Management Group (PMG), absent an open and public process.
3. Violations of Sections 1105(b)(5) and (8) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1105(b)(5),(8), occurred when Princes failed to identify IUP as a source of income on Statements of Financial Interests filed for calendar years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014; and when Princes failed to identify her office as President of the Indiana, Pennsylvania, Chapter of the NAACP for calendar years 2012 and 2014.
4. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Princes is directed to make payment in the amount of $3,000.00 payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with such payment forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission (“Commission”) by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order or upon such reasonable schedule as Princes and the Commission may agree upon, with the stipulation that such schedule shall not extend beyond one year from the mailing date of this Order.
5. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Princes is further directed to not accept any reimbursement, compensation or other payment from IUP representing a full or partial reimbursement of the amount paid in settlement of this matter.
6. To the extent she has not already done so, Princes is directed to file complete and accurate amended Statements of Financial Interests with IUP, through this Commission, for calendar years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.
7. Compliance with paragraphs 4, 5, and 6, of this Order will result in the closing of this case with no further action by this Commission.

a. Non-compliance will result in the institution of an order enforcement action.


Order No. 1747 (Barker)
Supervisor
Upper providence Township
Montgomery County, PA

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. Phillip A. Barker (“Barker”) violated Section 1103(a) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(a), when, in his capacity as a Supervisor for Upper Providence Township (“Township”), Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, he utilized the authority of his public office to effectuate a pecuniary benefit for a member of his immediate family, when he voted to approve the 2014 and 2015 annual Township budgets, which included increases in salary/compensation for his wife/spouse, who was then employed as the Township Parks and Recreation Director.
2. A technical violation of Section 1105(b)(5) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1105(b)(5), occurred when Barker, in his capacity as a Township Supervisor, neglected to include income received from the Township upon his Statements of Financial Interests for the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 calendar years.
3. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Barker is directed to make payment in the amount of $4,000.00 payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.
4. Barker is directed to not accept any reimbursement, compensation or other payment from the Township representing a full or partial reimbursement of the amount paid in settlement of this matter.
5. To the extent he has not already done so, Barker is directed to file complete and accurate amended Statements of Financial Interests for calendar years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 with the Township, through the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.
6. Compliance with paragraphs 3, 4, and 5 of this Order will result in the closing of this case with no further action by this Commission.

a. Noncompliance will result in the institution of an order enforcement action.


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