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Jul 20, 2011 9:04 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

West Feliciana official faces ethics charges

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The president of the West Feliciana Parish Police Jury is facing state ethics charges for accepting compensation from a prohibited source.
The Louisiana Board of Ethics alleges Kenneth Dawson received some $12,000 from Rural Broadcasting Services while the firm had a business relationship with the Police Jury.
The charges have been forwarded to the Ethics Adjudicatory Board for judicial action. An Aug. 5 date has been set for discovery in the case. No hearing has been set.
If the EAB finds a violation occurred, Dawson could face financial penalties equal to the amount he received from the firm with an additional penalty equal to half that amount.
Dawson tells The Advocate he has hired an attorney and will fight the charges.

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