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Homestead council vice president guilty of ethics violations

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:27 p.m.

Homestead Council Vice President Barbara Broadwater will pay the borough $1,750 to settle ethics violations of using her position to get her sister appointed as a councilwoman, and failing to timely file a 2012 financial statement with the borough, according to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

Broadwater declined to comment Tuesday.

The commission concluded she used her office to nominate and vote for the appointment of her sister, Wanda Burwell, to fill a vacancy on council for which Burwell received compensation.

Burwell could not be reached. Council members each receive $62.50 gross per meeting.

Burwell received 14 borough checks totaling $1,750 from November 2012 to December 2013, the commission said.

As part of a consent agreement, Broadwater will pay $1,750 to Homestead by not accepting any compensation from the borough until the total she declines reaches that amount, commission Executive Director Robert P. Caruso said.

Broadwater also agreed to file a complete and accurate 2012 statement of financial interest with the borough, the commission stated.

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