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Final Adjudications Issued - Miller, Kenyon Anthos, Schneider, & Honebrink

10/19/2021

Order No. 1792 (Miller) 
Member of Board of Directors
South Allegheny School District
Allegheny County, PA

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. Peter Miller (“Miller”), as a Member and Vice-President of the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the South Allegheny School District (“District”), violated Section 1103(b) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act”), 65 Pa.C.S. § l103(b), when he contacted the Acting Superintendent of the District and promised and/or offered to appoint her as the Superintendent in exchange for her efforts to influence the Board to rehire/reappoint the former District Solicitor, George S. Goble, Esquire, as the District Solicitor.

2. A violation of Section 1104(a) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1104(a), occurred when Miller failed to timely file a calendar year 2014 Statement of Financial Interests.

3. A violation of Sections 1105(b)(l), (2), and (5) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. §§ 1105(b)(l), (2), and (5), occurred when Miller filed deficient Statements of Financial Interests for calendar years 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 by failing to identify an occupation/profession (2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017), failing to disclose an address (2015 and 2016), failing to identify the filing year and to properly date his filing (2015), and failing to disclose all reportable sources of income (2016).

4. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Miller is directed to make a payment in the amount of $2,250.00 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.  

5. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Miller is further directed to make a payment in the amount of $250.00 payable to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, representing a portion of the costs incurred by this Commission in the investigation and enforcement of this matter, with such payment forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.  

6. Miller is directed to not accept any reimbursement, compensation or other payment from the District representing a full or partial reimbursement of the amount paid in settlement of this matter.

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. 1793 (Kenyon Anthos) 
Administrative Officer
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau of Management Services
Dauphin County, PA 

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. Wendy Kenyon Anthos (“Kenyon Anthos”), as an Administrative Officer 3/Administrative Officer 4 for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, violated Section 1103(a) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(a), when she utilized the authority of her public position for the private pecuniary benefit of herself and/or a member of her immediate family, by participating in discussions and actions resulting in LS Digital Solutions LLC contracting with her son, and then initiating a purchase order for an IT staff augmentation position, specifically directing the use of LS Digital Solutions LLC as the vendor, resulting in her son being engaged as the individual assigned to the Pennsylvania Department of Education as the LS Digital Solutions LLC subcontractor; and when she utilized the authority of her public position to initiate a change order to reclassify the position held by her son in an effort to increase his compensation.

2. A technical violation of Section 1105(b)(5) and (8) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1105(b)(5) and (8), occurred when Kenyon Anthos failed to identify A&R Nissley, Inc. as a source of income on her Statements of Financial Interests for calendar years 2017 and 2018, when she failed to list the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a source of income on her Statement of Financial Interests for calendar year 2019, and when she failed to identify her employment with A&R Nissley, Inc. on her Statement of Financial Interests for calendar year 2019. 

3. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Kenyon Anthos is directed to make payment in the amount of $3,505.38  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. Kenyon Anthos is directed to not accept any reimbursement, compensation or other payment from the Pennsylvania Department of Education representing a full or partial reimbursement of the amount paid in settlement of this matter.

5. To the extent she has not already done so, Kenyon Anthos is ordered to file complete and accurate amended Statements of Financial Interests for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, through this 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. Non-compliance will result in the institution of an order enforcement action.

Order No. 1794 (Schneider) 
Chief of Police
West Manheim Township Police Department 
York County, PA

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. Edwin Schneider (“Schneider”), as the Chief of Police of West Manheim Township, York County, Pennsylvania, violated Section 1103(a) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(a), in relation to his participation in the hiring of his son, Derek Schneider, as a patrolman for the West Manheim Township Police Department, resulting in a private pecuniary benefit to himself and his son.

2. A violation of Section 1105(b)(5) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1105(b)(5), occurred when Schneider failed to disclose West Manheim Township as a source of income on his Statement of Financial Interests filing for calendar year 2018.

3. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Schneider is directed to make payment in the amount of $2,604.00 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. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Schneider is further directed to make payment in the amount of $500.00 payable to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, representing a portion of the expenses and costs incurred by this Commission in the investigation and administrative prosecution of the instant matter, with such payment forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.

 5. Schneider is directed to not accept any reimbursement, compensation or other payment from the West Manheim Township Police Department representing a full or partial reimbursement of the amount paid in settlement of this matter.
6. To the extent he has not already done so, Schneider is directed to file a complete and accurate amended Statement of Financial Interests for calendar year 2018 with the West Manheim Township Police Department, through this Commission, by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.   

7. Compliance with paragraphs 3, 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. 1795 (Honebrink) 
Senior Director of Administration and Finance
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) 
Philadelphia, PA

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. Mark Honebrink, a public employee in his capacity as the Senior Director of Administration and Finance for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“SEPTA”) from approximately 1994 until February 29, 2020, technically violated Section 1103(g) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(g), in relation to his representation of Michael Baker International, Inc. for compensation before SEPTA within one year of his departure from SEPTA. 
 
2. A violation of Sections 1104(a) and 1105(b)(6) and (7) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. §§ 1104(a) and 1105(b)(6) and (7), occurred when Honebrink failed to file a Statement of Financial Interests for calendar year 2019, and when he failed to disclose gifts, transportation, lodging, and hospitality on his Statement of Financial Interests for calendar year 2017.

3. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Honebrink is directed to make payment in the amount of $250.00 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.  
a. No restitution or payment of a penalty will be ordered in association with the Section 1103(g) technical violation because Honebrink received a letter from SEPTA’s General Counsel advising him that he could serve as a consultant for SEPTA with Michael Baker International, Inc. 

4. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Honebrink is directed to not accept any reimbursement, compensation or other payment from SEPTA representing a full or partial reimbursement of the amount paid in settlement of this matter.

5. Compliance with paragraphs 3 and 4 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.



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