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10:00 PM PST on Thursday, November 12, 2009

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

The California Fair Political Practices Commission has decided to investigate a complaint about San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos’ failure to disclose income in a state financial disclosure form.

Letters to Ramos and the person who filed the complaint, whose name was not released, were sent out Tuesday, said Roman Porter, executive director of the state watchdog agency.

The agency could fine Ramos up to $5,000 per violation, send a warning letter or take no action, depending on the findings of its investigation, Porter said.

Ramos amended his statement of economic interest last week to include a $10,000 payment his campaign made to his wife in 2008 after he was informed of a complaint against him.

His original form, filed Feb. 9, did not include the payment. However, his campaign finance statements for Jan. 1 through June 30 show the payment to Gretchen Ramos for campaign services.

Ramos said in a statement last week that the mistake was due to a misunderstanding of state ethics disclosure rules. As a school district employee, his wife’s income is exempt from disclosure. Ramos said he believed the same applied to her campaign income.

“There was no attempt to hide as evidenced by his disclosure on the 460 campaign disclosure form,” said David Ellis, Ramos’ campaign consultant.

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