Priya Mathur, a longtime member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Administration, is in trouble again with the Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to file timely reports.

By Marc Lifsher
April 20, 2014, 4:37 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A longtime board member of the country’s largest public pension fund is in trouble again with California’s political watchdog.

Priya Mathur, board vice president of the $288-billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has a penchant for not filing timely reports to the Fair Political Practices Commission. And she failed again for 2012 and 2013.

Since she was first elected in 2002, Mathur, a financial analyst for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, has been fined $13,000 for five reporting violations. Colleagues publicly reprimanded her for some of the lapses in 2010.

On March 19, Mathur submitted reports for 2012 and 2013 after becoming aware of a pending FPPC investigation. Reports must be filed within 30 days of a semiannual deadline, and filing late is a violation of the Fair Political Practices Act, said Gary Winuk, the commission’s top enforcer.

Mathur, who is running for a fourth term in a September mail election, blamed improperly filed paperwork for the problem. She said she brought her committee filings up to date after talking to the FPPC. “To the best of my knowledge, nothing remains outstanding,” she said in a statement.

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