Ethics fine against St. Pete’s Frank Peterman upheld

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A fine for former Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman and a public reprimand have been upheld by the Florida Commission on Ethics, a lawyer for Peterman’s attorney said reports the News Service of Florida. The commission on Friday voted 4-3 to keep in place a $5,000 fine for Peterman, who was found to have charged taxpayers for regular commuting back and forth between St. Petersburg, where his family remained while he was DJJ secretary, and Tallahassee, where his office was. Peterman was secretary of the agency under Gov. Charlie Crist in 2008 and 2009. He was previously a Democratic state representative from St. Petersburg. Peterman has already repaid the state about $25,000 for money spent on his travel.

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