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Ethics Commission rules in favor of judge

September 4, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — The state Ethics Commission has dismissed allegations that an administrative law judge and former state senator violated conflict-of-interest law by trying to get her brother-in-law’s $1,000 dental bill erased.

The commission’s enforcement division alleged that in 2010, Cheryl Jacques (jakes) contacted the dental office, identified herself as a judge, and demanded they write off the bill.

When the office refused to forgive the entire bill, Jacques allegedly threatened to contact the insurance company to have the dental office removed as a provider.

Jacques, a judge in the Department of Industrial Accidents, said she called the office on her personal cellphone and identified herself as an attorney, only inadvertently mentioning she was a judge.

The commission Tuesday said there were two versions of what happened, and it couldn’t determine which was more credible.

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