Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ethics Panel Finds Probable Cause Daniels Didn't Reveal Liabilities; Financial Disclosure Forms Omitted Several Properties, Commission Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ethics Panel Finds Probable Cause Daniels Didn't Reveal Liabilities; Financial Disclosure Forms Omitted Several Properties, Commission Says

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Byline: Tia Mitchell

TALLAHASSEE | The Florida Commission on Ethics has determined there is probable cause to believe that state Rep. Kimberly Daniels did not fully disclose all of her financial liabilities during three years she was on Jacksonville City Council.

The case concerns financial disclosure forms Daniels submitted in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The commission received a complaint that those documents did not list several properties and time-shares that Daniels owned along with her ex-husband.

Daniels, D-Jacksonville, told investigators that she didn't have any direct ownership of the units and they were paid for through the church she leads, Spoken Word Ministries. However, representatives of the companies that manage several time-shares produced records showing that Danielswas listed as the owner.

Daniels could not be reached for comment.

Now that the commission has determined there was probable cause that Daniels filled out inaccurate financial disclosures , the next step is for the Ethics Commission's advocate to attempt to work out a stipulation agreement with Daniels' attorney. That is a method of settling an ethics case that usually involves an admission of guilt.

Daniels can also request a full evidentiary hearing with an administrative law judge. If any violations of the law are validated, it would be up to the House of Representatives to determine any penalties for Daniels because she is a sitting member.

Daniels is involved in a separate case with the Florida Elections Commission, which has determined there was probable cause that she used campaign funds for personal expenses and later falsely reported information on finance reports.

Those allegations stem from 2015, when Daniels was running for re-election to the Jacksonville City Council. She is accused of using $4,000 in campaign donations to purchase a magazine ad promoting a book she wrote. …

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