The former head of California University of Pennsylvania's Council of Trustees was cited by the state Ethics Commission for failing to file a statement of financial interests in 2010 as required under state law.
Under an Oct. 9 order, Robert Irey, 51, of Bridgeville, Allegheny County, has 30 days to pay a $250 fine for failing to file the form. All public officials must file the form that lists their creditors, real estate interests, business interests and gifts or hospitality they've received.
The Ethics Commission order states that Irey failed to file his 2010 disclosure by May 1, 2011, and did not respond to a Nov. 18, 2011, letter giving him the opportunity to file the form within 20 days and avoid penalty.
Irey said Tuesday he did not file the 2010 report because his financial records were under the control of his now ex-wife for several months and he did not have access to them.
Rather than file a form that was inaccurate or incomplete, Irey said he decided to accept the fine for not filing the paperwork.
Irey, a staunch defender of ousted Cal U President Angelo Armenti, joined the Council of Trustees in 2002 and became chairman in 2011.
When his term expired at the end of 2012, Gov. Tom Corbett did not reappoint him to another six-year term.
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