An ex-employee of the University of Connecticut Health Center will be the first to appear before a public state ethics hearing since the Office of State Ethics was created in 2005.
Priscilla Dickman, of Coventry, is accused of using state equipment and time to benefit her private jewelry and travel consulting businesses. On Sept. 11, a judge trial referee will preside over the hearing and the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board will sit as the jury and decide whether Dickman violated the state's Code of Ethics.
Judge Trial Referee William Wollenberg found probable cause last week that Dickman, a medical technologist, violated state ethics laws and said the evidence, including the volume of incidents, made it “very clear” that probable cause was established at the hearing on all eight counts of the complaint.
Dickman is charged with eight violations and faces a $10,000 fine for each. She did not immediately returned phone calls to the Associated Press.