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State ethics panel accuses ex-official

Interest conflict cited in special-needs spending

The State Ethics Commission took action Monday 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 for a job there.

It was the commission’s second enforcement action against former Merrimack officials. This one concerns James McCormick, a onetime ­associate of John B. Barranco, the agency’s former executive director. Barranco has been ­accused of seizing control of more than $10 million at the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative and transferring the money to a separate nonprofit called the Merrimack Education Center, using the funds to cover lavish salaries for himself and a former girlfriend.

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