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A support specialist for D.C. Public Schools was found to have used his government job to drive business to his private catering company, according to the D.C. Office of Government Ethics.
Antione Vinson has managed federal grants for DCPS since at least 2015, and started a catering business in 2016.
Earlier this month, the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) brokered a settlement with Vinson, who acknowledges that he used his government email address to promote his catering business, used that email account to conduct business for his catering company on government time, and twice failed to report his private business activity on financial disclosure statements.
All told, BEGA found that Vinson made $10,389 for his company because of his employment with the District. As part of the settlement agreement, he has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and take an ethics refresher course. He also promises never to do this again.
“[Vinson] accepted full responsibility for his action and expressed remorse when meeting with [the Office of Government Ethics] employees to resolve this matter,” the settlement says.
A mitigating factor in reaching a final agreement, according to the settlement, is Vinson’s desire to “mak[e] sure that the children who are educated by DCPS receive the best programs and resources possible.”
DCPS declined to comment and efforts to reach Vinson through DCPS were unsuccessful.