Closed Ethics Investigations
Formal complaints filed with the Ethics Commission are assigned a number, preceded by the letter “C” to indicate they are a complaint. However, the enforcement unit of the Ethics Commission has the authority to initiate its own investigations separate and apart from formal complaints which may be filed by the general public. These investigations may be predicated on the receipt of anonymous tips, hotline calls, newspaper articles or from other sources of information. The Ethics Commission’s Advocate (the head of the enforcement unit) determines what information may be further investigated and assigns either a “PI” number ( Preliminary Investigation) of a “K” number (an Investigation number). In some cases, the Advocate may determine that No Action will be taken on the investigation.
Many PI and K cases do ultimately become a formal complaint which is filed by the Advocate, however, many PI and K investigations end up being closed either because the Advocate has determined that there was no wrongdoing or the evidence is insufficient to file a formal complaint. What appears on the linked pages are the PI and K cases that were closed, by year initiated.
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