• Steve Collins, Former Water Resources Agency Director, Sentenced

    District Attorney Dean Flippo announced May 22 that Judge Robert O’Farrell sentenced Stephen P. Collins, former Director on the Board of Directors of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, for a felony violation arising out of his involvement in his official capacity as a director with the implementation contracts underlying the failed desalinization project while simultaneously making over $160,000 as a privately paid consultant and lobbyist on the same project.Additionally, Collins was sentenced for a felony violation of grand theft for billing a consulting client over $89,754.26 over a three year period for services that he did not perform. Collins was also sentenced for a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 70, which prohibits public officials from receiving payment, not authorized by law, for doing an official act. Collins billed a consulting client for attending some public meetings in his official capacity as a member of the Board of Directors. Collins previously (on March 18, 2014) entered a plea of no contest to these charges.

    In sentencing Collins to 270 days in county jail and three years on felony probation, Judge O’Farrell followed the recommendation of the Probation Officer, who noted in her report, “The totality of the evidence in this case is irrefutable and indicates the defendant displayed a clear lack of integrity regarding his desire for monetary gain, if not authority.”  Judge O’Farrell also stated, “The facts supported the charges. I don’t have any question in my mind about that.”

    Collins, like other individuals sentenced to serve time in County Jail, may apply for home confinement through the Monterey County Probation Department. He was ordered to make restitution to the victim of the grand theft in the amount of $89,754.26, and it is agreed that if he has not made restitution in three years, his probationary period will be extended for an additional two years. Collins may petition the Court to have his felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors after 18 months, with the District Attorney’s Office reserving the right to object to the petition. As a result of his conviction for violating the conflict of interest law, Collins is disqualified from ever holding any public office in this state again. If he fails to abide by his conditions of probation, he could be sentenced to up to 3 years and 8 months in state prison. Collins previously waived the right to any appeal or motion to withdraw his plea in this case.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 22, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

    2 Responses to “Steve Collins, Former Water Resources Agency Director, Sentenced”

    1. scollins53 Says:
      June 13th, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Marge, I have a copy of the press release and Federal lawsuit for you but do not have your e-mail. Can you please provide?

    2. Editor Says:
      June 13th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      You can always email me at editor@cedarstreettimes.com. Thanks!

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