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Austin Monitor: Despite statute of limitations, ethics commission moves forward with Rodriguez case

Friday, February 22, 2019

More than a year after Austinites and reporters raised questions about Frank Rodriguez’s continued ties to Latino HealthCare Forum, a nonprofit he founded while he was serving as a senior policy adviser for Mayor Steve Adler, the issue came before the Ethics Review Commission.

In a complaint filed last Aug. 3 by the Office of the City Auditor, auditors alleged that while in the employ of the city, Rodriguez provided inside information to his wife, who was at the time director of LHCF, which led to the awarding of contracts directly benefiting the nonprofit.

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Lewis explained that while Rodriguez was paid by the nonprofit, it was not from city coffers. A CPA that Lewis consulted with explained that payments Rodriguez received “never came from the city of Austin contracts.”

However, the city auditor’s office, which was represented by HSSK and the Gober Group, contended at the hearing that there were six different counts of code violations in addition to this violation.

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