The State Ethics Commission on Monday took action against a former official of a controversial Merrimack Valley agency for special needs children, accusing the former board member of violating the conflict of interest law by voting to transfer more than $5 million to a sister organization while he was negotiating a job there. Four weeks after James McCormick voted to transfer the money to the Merrimack Education Center, he went to work there, earning nearly $200,000 in salary and bonuses over the next three years.
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