JCOPE Settles Ethics Violations with Former Office of General Services Employee
Admits Taking Money for Use of Harlem Building

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“Commission”) announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with former Office of General Services employee Willie Walker over allegations of Public Officers Law violations that includes a $9,000 fine.

Walker is a former Building Superintendent of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building in Harlem. In the settlement, he admitted that on five separate occasions over a several-year period, he took $6,750 in “finder’s fees” from the Harlem Memorial Community Development Fund, which administered Harlem Summer Stage events held at the building.

Walker further admitted he knew that taking the money was prohibited by OGS, and that by doing so, he also violated Public Officers Law § 74 (3)(d), which says “no State employee may use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself or others.”

Walker’s case was referred to the Commission following an investigation by the Office of the New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.   

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