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Eathorne agrees to $2,500 settlement with Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority recently approved a $2,500 settlement with a former board member who repaid the authority's public-officials liability insurance deductible related to his State Ethics Commission case.

The authority's board voted 7-0 on Jan. 17 to approve a final release agreement with Robert Eathorne, who previously repaid $12,000 for overbilling the authority for conference expenses for himself and his wife between 2001 and 2006.

The authority paid the $2,500 deductible because the insurer provided a defense for Eathorne, 75, of Manor, during the ethics case, authority Solicitor John Campfield said.

The commission initially ordered Eathorne, a former board treasurer, to pay a $64,475 penalty, which was triple the amount of money state officials said he accepted from the authority in excess of the legitimate charges he actually incurred at 30 conferences.

As part of an amended order in January 2010, the commission reduced the penalty to $12,000 and Eathorne agreed never to seek or hold another public office.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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