ETHICS What we should and shouldnt be doing Connecticut Tax Collectors Association March 20-23, 2013 Mystic, Connecticut Susan Jacobucci, Esq. CMFO City of Newark, New Jersey DISCLAIMER This product is made for educational purposes only. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is
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DLGS, or the City of Newark. Connecticut Adult diapers no tax Baby diapers - tax Public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods
protectedto verdicts handed down in courtsto the quality of our roads, schools, and other government services. And it takes a significant toll on our pocketbooks, wasting billions in tax dollars every year. Federal Bureau of Investigation What Are Ethics? (and who cares anyway) Knowing
the difference between right and wrong Right v. right The boundaries by which we live: www.yourmorals.org Your moral compass Ethics Evolve Learned Not Leave it to
Beaver Taught Professional How do we make ethical decisions? Split second Thought process Academic versions
Real Life Dilemmas Supermarket Lady on the bus Cheating (taxes/spouse) King Solomon Swordfish Statistics (lie) Ethics
Resource Center ERC - II Rutgers Study Connecticut Ethics Lying (Liespotting) On any given day we are lied to 10 200 times. We lie more to strangers than to co-workers.
Strangers lie 3 times within ten minutes of meeting each other. Men lie 8 times more about themselves than about other people; women lie more to protect others. The more intelligent the species, the more prevalent the lying. (Koko the gorilla). LIESPOTTING Babies
will fake a cry pause to see reaction. 1 year old learn concealment 2 year olds bluff 5 year olds lie outright 9 year olds cover-up By the time youre in college lie to parents in one out of five times. Lying is a cooperative act.
One thing about the Mack administration when I say that, it's me and Mack we're not greedy. We're corruptible. We want anybody to make a buck. I'm there to buffer the thing where, you know, take the weight ... going to jail's my business. It ain't his. Joseph Jojo Giorgianni $900
New Jersey - An auditor for the state Division of Taxation has been charged with demanding a bribe from a convenience store owner in return for not initiating an audit. $1,156 Buena
Vista, NJ (pop. 7,570) Deputy Tax Collector charged with stealing $1,156 that a property owner paid to settle his tax debt. $13,000 SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., Aug. 2 -- Ex-Tax Collector Moses P. Smith of South
Orange was arrested this afternoon by Police Sergeant Charles H. Burke, on a warrant issued by Police Justice O'Reilly, charging him with embezzling $13,000 of the funds entrusted to his care as Township Collector. $50,000 A Pennsylvania tax collector was arrested on Friday for allegedly stealing
more than $50,000 owed to the borough of Fayette City and Belle Vernon Area School District. $17,364,63 Greig, NY (WIBX) - One person is facing charges following an investigation into the misapplication of state funds in the Town of Greig. According to State Police in Lowville, 65 year-old Karin Fayle, who serves as Town Clerk and Tax Collector, was
arrested for an incident stemming back to last July. Fayle allegedly diverted a check for $17,364.63 from the Black River Watershed Project to cover a shortage in the towns Property Tax account. She was arrested earlier today and charged with Official Misconduct, a misdemeanor. $777,000 Secaucus, NJ (pop.16,264)- Tax collector admitted to taking over
$75,000. I considered a loan that was to be paid back. Law enforcement officials estimate the real number is over $777,000 over a 1 year period. $243,902 Oxford, CT (pop.12,683) Tax Collector pled guilty and faces up to 5 years in prison. Theft
occurred over a two year period. Forged deposit slips and checks were used to cover the missing funds. [Her] spending habits greedily exceeded her and her husbands income. $1,231.44 Newtown, PA (pop.2,248) Tax Collector and three others
each were charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft of services. FedEx Allegations. Heres Your Sign Carlisle Borough, PA tax collector George T. Hicks Jr., 21, has been arrested for allegedly selling marijuana twice to an undercover police officer, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said today.
The DA said if Hicks is convicted of the drug sales he could be removed from the position permanently under the law. Freed said the evidence in the case against Hicks is strong. "Were talking about dealing with public money. The people who do it need to be beyond reproach," Freed said. Jeffrey Neely - GAO "In one e-mail," "Mr. Neely invited personal friends to the conference, writing, and I quote -- and this is simply incredible -- quote: 'We'll get you guys a room near us, and we'll pick up the room tab. Could be a blast.' End of quote. He then went on and
wrote this -- 'I know I'm bad, but as [my wife] Deb and I often say, why not enjoy it while we have it and while we can. Ain't gonna last forever.' $53,000,000 Dixon, Illinois (pop 15,733) Lovely Rita Cheater Maid found guilty of misappropriating more than $53,000,000 since 1990 in Dixon, Illinois.(22 years 2.5M
year) April 2011 to April 2012 stole $3.2M.(annual budget 22.6M)-80 employees. How Do We Define Our Ethics Boundaries? Laws, Statutes Ordinances Policies Personal Moral Compass
Statute Categories Conflicts Information Representation Independence of Judgment Unwarranted Privileges Misuse/Abuse of Office Gifts Post Employment
Connecticut Statutes 18 CA 212 To whom do they apply What do they cover? Sec 1-84 Conflicts - CT Sec.
1-84: (a) No public official or state employee shall, while serving as such, have any financial interest in, or engage in, any business, employment, transaction or professional activity, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his duties or employment in the public interest and of his responsibilities as prescribed in the laws of this state, as defined in section 1-85. Conflicts - NJ N.J.S.A.
40A:9-22.5(a): No local government officer or employee or member of his immediate family shall have an interest in a business organization or engage in any business, transaction, or professional activity, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his duties in the public interest. Independence of Judgment CT
Sec. 1-84(b) No public official or state employee shall accept other employment which will either impair his independence of judgment as to his official duties or employment or require him, or induce him, to disclose confidential information acquired by him in the course of and by reason of his official duties.
Independence of Judgment - NJ N.J.S.A. 40A: 9-22.5(e): No local government officer or employee shall act in his official capacity in any matter where he, a member of his immediate family, or a business organization in which he has an interest, has a direct or indirect financial or personal involvement that might reasonably be expected to impair his objectivity or independence of judgment.
Information - CT Sec. 1-84 (No public official or state employee shall willfully and knowingly disclose, for financial gain, to any other person, confidential information acquired by him in the course of and by reason of his official duties or employment and no public official or state employee shall use his public office or position or any confidential information received through his holding such public office or position to obtain financial gain for himself,
his spouse, child, child's spouse, parent, brother or sister or a business with which he is associated. Information - NJ N.J.S.A. 40A: 9-22.5(g) No local government officer or employee shall use, or allow to be used, his public office or employment, or any information, not generally available to the members of the public, which he receives or acquires in the course of and by reason of his office or employment, for the purpose of securing financial gain
for himself, any member of his immediate family, or any business organization with which he is associated Windsor A Connecticut tax collector faces felony charges that could land him in jail for as long as six years for allegedly using his work computer to look up tax returns on about 15 taxpayers without a legitimate business need, authorities say.
Gifts - Ct Sec. 1-84 (f): No person shall offer or give to a public official or state employee or candidate for public office or his spouse, his parent, brother, sister or child or spouse of such child or a business with which he is associated, anything of value, including, but not limited to, a gift, loan, political contribution, reward or promise of future employment based on any understanding that the
vote, official action or judgment of the public official, state employee or candidate for public office would be or had been influenced thereby. Gift CT Part 2 Sec. 1-84(g) No public official or state employee or candidate for public office shall solicit or accept anything of value, including but not limited to, a gift, loan, political contribution, reward or promise of future employment based on any understanding
that the vote, official action or judgment of the public official or state employee or candidate for public office would be or had been influenced thereby Gifts CT simplified Connecticut: May not accept gifts from restricted donors. Gift defined as anything of value that you directly and personally receive unless you provide consideration of
equal or greater value. Exceptions: tokens (< $10; annual aggregate single source <$50); food and beverages (<$50 in a calendar year provided restricted donor is in attendance); training; 12 other exceptions. Gifts - NJ NJSA 40A:9-22.5(f): No local government officer or employee, member of his immediate family, or business organization in which he has an interest, shall solicit or accept any gift, favor, loan, political
contributions, service, promise of future employment, or other thing of value based upon an understanding that the gift, favor, loan, contribution, service, promise or other thing of value was given or offered for the purpose of influencing him, directly or indirectly, in the discharge of his official duties. This provision shall not apply to the solicitation or acceptance of contributions to the campaign of an announced candidate for elective public office, if the local government officer has no knowledge or reason to believe that the campaign contribution, if accepted, was given with the intent to influence the local government officer in the discharge of his official duties. Emphasis added.
Representation - CT (d) No public official or state employee or employee of such public official or state employee shall agree to accept, or be a member or employee of a partnership, association, professional corporation or sole proprietorship which partnership, association, professional corporation or sole proprietorship agrees to accept any employment, fee or other thing of value, or portion thereof, for appearing, agreeing to
appear, or taking any other action on behalf of another person before the Department of Banking, the Claims Commissioner, the Office of Health Care Access division within the Department of Public Health, the Insurance Department, the Department of Consumer Protection, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Insurance and Risk Management Board, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Public Utilities
Regulatory Authority, the Connecticut Siting Council, the Gaming Policy Board within the Department of Consumer Protection or the Connecticut Real Estate Commission; provided this shall not prohibit any such person from making inquiry for information on behalf of another before any of said commissions or commissioners if no fee or reward is given or promised in consequence thereof. For the purpose of this subsection, partnerships, associations, professional corporations or sole proprietorships refer only to such partnerships, associations, professional corporations or sole proprietorships which have been formed to carry on the business or profession directly
relating to the employment, appearing, agreeing to appear or taking of action provided for in this subsection. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit any employment, appearing, agreeing to appear or taking action before any municipal board, commission or council. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as applying (1) to the actions of any teaching or research professional employee of a public institution of higher education if such actions are not in violation
of any other provision of this chapter, (2) to the actions of any other professional employee of a public institution of higher education if such actions are not compensated and are not in violation of any other provision of this chapter, (3) to any member of a board or commission who receives no compensation other than per diem payments or reimbursement for actual or necessary expenses, or both, incurred in the performance of the member's duties, or (4) to any member or director of a quasi-public agency
Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection to the contrary, a legislator, an officer of the General Assembly or part-time legislative employee may be or become a member or employee of a firm, partnership, association or professional corporation which represents clients for compensation before agencies listed in this subsection, provided the legislator, officer of the General Assembly or part-time legislative employee shall take no part in any matter involving the agency listed in this subsection and shall not receive compensation from any such matter. Receipt of a
previously established salary, not based on the current or anticipated business of the firm, partnership, association or professional corporation involving the agencies listed in this subsection, shall be permitted. Representation - NJ N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.5 (h) No local government officer or employee or business organization in which he has an interest shall represent any person or party other than the local government in connection with any cause, proceeding, application or other matter pending before any agency in the local government in which he serves.
This provision shall not be deemed to prohibit one local government employee from representing another local government employee where the local government agency is the employer and the representation is within the context of official labor union or similar representational responsibilities. Other Ethics 2011 West Palm Beach , FL - Undercover Investigation Nets Nineteen Arrests In Operation "Brakes On Fakes"
As of 9:00 a.m. this morning, authorities had arrested and booked nineteen (19) individuals for charges including False or Fraudulent Motor Vehicle Insurance Card, Sale of Motor Vehicle with Altered Odometer, Title Fraud, Petit Theft and Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information ($5,000.00 or more). The Task Force was formed to combat a growing number of fake auto insurance cards detected by Tax Collector employees in the Delray Beach Service Center. Tax Collector contacted State Attorney to develop a coordinated response.
Other Ethics Nepotism Use of Property Private Lives Internet Social Media (Twitter, Pinterest, UTube, Linked)
Heres Your Sign Creating the Ethical Environment Background checks Personnel Policies Internal Controls Office Policies Internal Controls Assessment
Know your risks ex. cash loss? Signatures of checks Reconciliation Know/List Existing Controls Periodic review of technology Internal Controls Segregation
of Duties Reconciliations Run reports Spot checks and surprise cash balances Hard and soft security Training ACED Arrogance Entitlement
Complacency Desparation Everything I Needed To Know About Ethics I Learned In Kindergarten Dont take what isnt yours Dont play favorites Dont tell secrets Dont accept anything, other than
your salary, for doing you job Keep your promises Fun Facts Whole Bagel Sliced Bagel Which is subject to sales tax Im the taxman
Let me tell you how it will be There's one for you, nineteen for me 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman Should five per cent appear too small Be thankful I don't take it all 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman If If If If
you you you you drive a car, I'll tax the street, try to sit, I'll tax your seat. get too cold I'll tax the heat, take a walk, I'll tax your feet. Don't ask me what I want it for
If you don't want to pay some more 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman Now my advice for those who die Declare the pennies on your eyes 'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman And you're working for no one but me Real Taxes A tax on fur, a tax on nudity; taxes on bagels (if sliced, but not if intact); on
salt, pets, tattoos; on blueberries, on candy (if not containing flour), on illegal drugs, on sparklers, septic tanks and playing cards. Californians don't pay tax on fresh fruit--unless, per chance, they buy their banana from a vending machine Durham NC Spayed neutered 10.00
Not 75.00 Illinois All candy extra tax unless contains flour New Mexico 0ver 100 = tax exempt
Virginia Maryland Tax on flushing the toilet North Carolina But no need to wait for the police to cuff you before you cough up the cash. In North Carolina, for instance, when you acquire an illegal drug (or even "moonshine"), you can
go to the Department of Revenue and pay your tax, in exchange for which you'll receive stamps to affix to your illegal substance. The stamps serve as evidence you paid the tax on the illegal product. Tennessee Tax on illegal drugs (collected anonymously) 1.5M
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