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Ex-Mass. official admits to conflict of interest

March 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A former official at an agency for special needs children has admitted violating the Massachusetts conflict of interest law and paid a $2,000 fine.

The State Ethics Commission announced the fine Tuesday.

James McCormick, former North Middlesex Regional School District superintendent, was accused of voting to transfer $5.5 million from the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative to the nonprofit Merrimack Education Center while he was director of the collaborative.

At the time McCormick, who was trying to get a job with the education center, didn’t disclose to the collaborative that he was also a member of the center’s board.

McCormick landed a job with the center in July 2006, a month after his vote.

The commission said McCormick violated the state’s ethics laws and that he’s admitted to the violation and paid the fine, the maximum they could impose.

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