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Final Adjudications Issued - Kuzma and Dudish

05/14/2024


Order No. 1832 (Kuzma)
Commissioner
Elizabeth Township Board of Commissioners
Allegheny County, PA

ORDER SUMMARY: 

1.         A violation of Section 1103(a) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act"), 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(a), occurred when Andrew Kuzma, as a Member of the Elizabeth Township (“Township") Board of Commissioners, participated in actions, including but not limited to voting, to approve the issuance/refunding of two bonds for the Township which included payments to Gary Matta of Dodaro, Matta & Cambest P.C., a business from which he was seeking and subsequently accepted employment.

2.         A violation of Section 1105(a) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1105(a), occurred when Kuzma failed to timely file a Statement of Financial Interests for calendar year 2020 and subsequently backdated that filing to give the impression that the form was timely filed.

3.         Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Kuzma is ordered to make payment in the total amount of $3,000.00 by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order, by utilizing the Commission's electronic payment system or by forwarding to this Commission a certified check or money order in the amount of $3,000.00 made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for deposit in the State Treasury.

4.         Kuzma 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, Kuzma is directed to file complete and accurate amended Statements of Financial Interests for calendar years 2017 through 2021 with the Township, 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.

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

     

Order No. 1833 (Dudish)
Recorder of Deeds
Schuylkill County, PA

ORDER SUMMARY:

1.         A violation of Section 1103(a) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(a), occurred when Ann Dudish, as the Recorder of Deeds for Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, appointed her brother as First Deputy Recorder of Deeds and voted to approve his salary.

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1832 Kuzma:

1832 Kuzma (pa.gov)

1833 Dudish:

1833 Dudish (pa.gov)


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