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D.A. files charges against former South County Sanitation District manager John Wallace

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The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office has filed criminal charges against local businessman John Wallace.

Wallace, 73, is accused of violating conflict of interest laws while he was the District Administrator of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District.

Investigators say, between July 2011 and February 2013, Wallace "influenced governmental decisions and made contracts in which he had a financial interest."

The D.A.'s Office investigated for ten months before coming to Tuesday's announced conclusion.

"The public has the right to expect that their elected and appointed officials and their administrators will carry out their duties in a lawful, ethical and professional manner," said District Attorney Dan Dow. "The District Attorney's Public Integrity Division will thoroughly and fairly review all matters referred to us and will pursue charges such as these whenever appropriate." 

Wallace's attorney released the following statement Wednesday morning: "John Wallace served the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District for more than 27 years, always with direct board and legal  approval and in plain view of the public and regulators.  He is dismayed by the unprecedented action and confident the facts of the case will clear the air."

Wallace is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors related to the alleged conflicts of interest. He's set to be arraigned within the next couple of weeks.

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