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December 5, 2012 at 8:16 PM

SPU employee fined $1,000 by Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission

A Seattle Public Utilities systems analyst has been fined $1,000 by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission for using work time and equipment to set up a Kirkland insurance business.

Nguyet Au, a 28-year city employee, agreed that she had made numerous calls and sent dozens of emails between October 2011 and June 2012 on behalf of a business owned by her and her daughter.

The actions violate city ethics rules that bar use of city property for personal use. Au received a written reprimand from SPU in 2007 for excessive use of the Internet and email. A utility official said additional disciplinary action may be imposed.

Au earned almost $86,000 from the city in 2011.

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