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Ethics fine for health official

September 29, 2009|Patrick McGreevy

A former deputy director for the California Department of Managed Health Care has agreed to pay a $3,000 administrative fine after admitting a conflict of interest violation, the state's ethics watchdog agency said Monday.

Kevin Donohue, who still works for the agency in another capacity, admitted he held stock in UnitedHealth Group Inc. when he helped review the 2005 merger of the firm with PacifiCare Health Systems Inc., according to a stipulated settlement with the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The commission is scheduled to vote on the agreement Oct. 8, according to Executive Director Roman Porter.

Fines are also proposed against Lynwood School Board member Maria G. Lopez and former Desert Hot Springs City Councilman Henry Hohenstein for violating ethics laws, but neither has admitted to the violations, according to documents released Monday.

-- Patrick McGreevy

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