Ethics Lawyer Fined Over Ethics

She posed as an anonymous whistle-blower and played a role in the firing of her boss, and for that a former state government lawyer must pay a $1,000 fine.

The Office of State Ethics said that Maureen Duggan failed to conduct herself "in a manner which promotes the integrity and impartiality" when she wrote a 2004 letter pretending to be an anonymous parking lot attendant.

In the letter, Duggan, a former attorney with the old State Ethics Commission, raised misconduct concerns about former state Ethics Director Alan Plofsky. Duggan admitted said she lied about her identity because she feared retaliation.

Plofsky was later fired. He denied all charges and appealed to a state panel that reinstated him, but not to his old job. He retired in May 2008.
Duggan now works for the Department of Children and Families.

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