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Deputy sheriff in Mass. agrees to ethics fine

December 21, 2011
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BOSTON—The state Ethics Commission says a senior deputy in the Middlesex Sheriff's office has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for violating the state's conflict of interest law.

The commission said Wednesday that the deputy sheriff, Michael Jackson, hosted a campaign fundraiser in October 2009 for then-Sheriff James DiPaola, who committed suicide last year. Investigators said before the fundraiser, Jackson broke the law by soliciting donations from other department employees during work hours.

In March, three officers at the Billerica House of Correction paid a total of $15,000 in fines after the commission said they used state resources to organize a DiPaola fundraiser.

DiPaola shot himself in Maine last November. He faced an investigation into his use of campaign money and had been criticized for trying to get two pensions.

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