Joe Nelson, Staff Writer

Posted: 12/15/2009 05:21:20 PM PST

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has paid a $200 fine to settle a Political Reform Act violation for failing to report a $10,000 payment to his wife for working on his campaign.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) on Nov. 2 notified Ramos of a complaint filed against him by former assistant assessor Jim Erwin, who faces felony charges for failing to report about $15,000 in gifts he received from a Rancho Cucamonga developer in January 2007.

The FPPC can levy fines of up to $5,000 for Political Reform Act violations.

“It’s about a third of what a red light ticket cost,” said Dave Ellis, Ramos’s campaign consultant, of Ramos’s fine.

On Nov. 25, the FPPC offered to settle the matter by imposing the $200 fine, which Ramos agreed to.

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