Mass. Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges that Former State Representative Demetrius Atsalis Violated Financial Disclosure Law

Atsalis Failed to timely file his 2012 financial disclosure statement

atsalis-social-01The Enforcement Division of the State Ethics Commission today issued an Order to Show Cause (“OTSC”) alleging that former State Representative Demetrius Atsalis violated G.L. c. 268B, the financial disclosure law, by failing to timely file his Statement of Financial Interests (“SFI”) for calendar year 2012.

According to the OTSC, Atsalis, who left office in January 2013, was required to file his SFI for 2012 by May 28, 2013. He failed to file his SFI by that date. The Commission sent Atsalis a Formal Notice of Lateness on June 5, 2013, notifying him that he had 10 days to file or he would be subject to a civil penalty. Atsalis failed to file within the 10-day grace period. He did not file his SFI for 2012 until August 19, 2013, 62 days after the end of the 10-day grace period.

According to the Commission’s penalty schedule, Atsalis owes a civil penalty of $700 for filing his 2012 SFI 62 days late.

The Financial Disclosure Law requires elected state and county officials, candidates for state office and state and county employees in designated policy-making positions to annually disclose their financial interests and private business associations by filing an SFI with the Commission each year.

The Commission will schedule the matter for a hearing within 90 days.