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FPPC Fines Former Planning Director

Former Siskiyou County Planning Director Wayne Virag has been fined $2,600 by the Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to disclose economic interests in real property and for failing to file a statement of economic interests upon leaving office.

Siskiyou County supervisors fired Virag in 2006 amid a local law enforcement investigation into alleged improprieties and conflicts of interest stemming from a real estate development business in which Virag was a partner(see CP&DR In Brief, September 2006). A county employee for 11 years and the planning director for two, Virag never faced criminal charges. However, the FPPC ruled that Virag failed to disclose on official statements that he owned about a dozen pieces of property in Siskiyou County.