PROVIDENCE — The chairwoman of the Rhode Island Republican Party has filed a multi-count ethics complaint against Carlos Tobon, the Pawtucket lawmaker in hot water for his messy personal finances and failure to disclose thousands of dollars in debts, as required by law.
In the filing, GOP Chairwoman Sue Cienki requested “a detailed investigation of Tobon’s personal finances.”
“The public deserves to know exactly how their elected officials make money, what businesses and properties they own, and to whom they are indebted,” she wrote. And at minimum, “the Ethics Commission should fine Tobon for hiding from the public for so many years the truth about his personal finances.”
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The complaints follow a WPRI report on Tobon’s “hidden debts.”
The complaint alleges that Tobon repeatedly violated the state law that requires “a public official to disclose any debt in excess of $1,000, which is not to a family member, or pertains to a credit card or a mortgage on the public official’s principal residence.”
“For at least the past six years, Tobon has repeatedly failed [to] disclose various personal debts … [including] a $21,000 loan from April Kuzdeba … a $7,000 loan from Gregory Troy; and a $10,100 loan from Diagneris Garcia,” the complaint says.
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The complaint alleges he also violated the state’s financial disclosure law for public officials, by failing to “disclose all sources of occupational income … by employer, or if self-employed, by the nature of occupation or profession.”
“Tobon listed Tobon Insurance LLC as a source of income although it does not exist, but failed to list Solrac LLC [a building company registered by Tobon] as source of income,” the complaint says.
Third, the GOP alleges, Tobon violated the law that requires public officials to list all real property in which they have a financial interest, except for their principal residence. The complaint alleges Tobon “borrowed money from Ms. Garcia for “real estate investments at multiple properties.”
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Fourth, the complaint says, Tobon violated the requirement that a public official identify any business entity in which he or she held a 10%, or minimum $5,000, equity interest.
Tobon – who has been absent from House sessions since the WPRI report on May 5 – has not yet responded to a Journal inquiry about the ethics filings.