RI GOP calls for investigation of Rep. Carlos Tobon for debt
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Republican Party chairwoman has filed a multi-charge ethics complaint against Carlos Tobon, the Pawtucket lawmaker in hot water for his messy personal finances and failure to disclose thousands of dollars in debt , as required by law.
In the filing, GOP Chairwoman Sue Cienki called for “a detailed investigation into 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 accountable,” she wrote. And at a minimum, “the Ethics Commission should fine Tobon for hiding the truth about his personal finances from the public for so many years.”
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The complaints follow a WPRI report on Tobon’s “hidden debts”.
The complaint alleges that Tobon repeatedly violated state law that requires “a public official to disclose any debt that is greater than $1,000, that is not owed to a family member, or that relates to a credit card. loan or mortgage on the main residence of the public official”.
“For at least 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 states.
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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 employment income … by employer, or whether a worker.” independent, by the nature of the occupation or profession”.
“Tobon listed Tobon Insurance LLC as a source of income although it does not exist, but did not list Solrac LLC [a building company registered by Tobon] as a source of income,” the complaint states.
Third, according to the GOP, Tobon violated the law that requires public officials to list all real estate in which they have a financial interest, except for their primary residence. The complaint alleges that Tobon “borrowed money from Ms. Garcia for ‘real estate investments in multiple properties.’
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Fourth, according to the complaint, Tobon violated the requirement that a public official must identify any business entity in which he held a 10% stake, or at least $5,000.
Tobon — who has been absent from House sessions since the May 5 WPRI report — has yet to respond to a Journal inquiry into the ethics filings.