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COIB Press Release & Disposition (DOE) (2)

COIB Press Release & Disposition (DOE) (2)

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Published by: GothamSchools.org on Oct 17, 2012
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A Teacher
for the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”)
has paid the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (the
“Board”) a
$4,000 fine for selling bars of soap to his students and for incentivizing thosesales by offering ten Character Incentive Program
“keys” and then a “nohomework pass” in exchange for each purchase
.The Teacher admitted that, during the 2011-2012 school year, hisschool held a Character Incentive Program, designed to help studentsimprove social skills and academics and build good character. As part of the
 program, teachers would give students “keys” which could later be redeemed
for small items. In November 2011, during class, the Teacher told hisstudents that he was selling soap for $3.00 or $4.00 a bar and, with eachpurchase,
he would give the student 10 “keys.” In January 2012, during
class, the Teacher told his students that, for each bar of soap purchase, the
student would also receive one “no homework pass.” At least three students
purchased one bar of soap each, receivi
ng 10 “keys” each; one student purchased three bars of soap and received 30 “keys”; and at least one studentreceived a “no homework pass.”
 The Teacher acknowledged that, in so doing, he
violated the City’s
conflicts of interest law provisions prohibiting public servants from usingtheir City positions to benefit themselves and from using City time for a non-City purpose. For these violations, the Teacher paid a $4,000 fine to theBoard. A copy of the disposition is attachedhere.
All of the Board’s
dispositions are available free of charge, in full-text searchable form, on thewebsite for the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School(www.CityAdmin.org). Carolyn Lisa Miller, Director of Enforcement, handled this case forthe Board. The Board gratefully acknowledges the work of its confidential
investigative arm, the New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”),
CONTACT: Carolyn Lisa MillerOctober 17, 2012 (212) 442-1419
Steven B. Rosenfeld
Chair/Board Member 
 Monica Blum
 Board Member 
Andrew Irving
 Board Member 
Burton Lehman
 Board Member 
Erika Thomas-Yuille
 Board Member 
____________Mark Davies
 Executive Director 
Wayne G. Hawley
 Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel
Carolyn Lisa Miller
 Director of Enforcement 
Julia Davis
Special Counsel & Director of Financial Disclosure
Alex Kipp
 Director of Training & Education
Varuni Bhagwant
 Director o Administration
Derick Yu
 Director of InformationTechnology
2 Lafayette Street, Suite 1010New York, New York 10007(212) 442-1400Fax: (212) 442-1407 TDD: (212) 442-1443
DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn, Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York 
City School District (“SCI”) Richard J. Condon, and SCI Investigator 
Salvatore P. Mancuso,who handled the investigation.The Conflicts of Interest Board is the City
’s ethics board and is
charged with interpreting
and enforcing the City’s the conflicts
of interest, financial disclosure, and lobbyist gift laws. Formore information about the Board, visit: http://nyc.gov/ethics.Anyone with questions about the law is urged to contact the Board through its website or by calling (212) 442-1400.The Board does not comment on its dispositions, except as set forth above. For
additional public information about the Board’s enforcement activities— 
including summaries of all prior enforcement dispositions and fines imposed
the Board’s website

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