HERCULES -- The state Fair Political Practices Commission this week imposed fines totaling $70,000 against former City Manager Nelson Oliva over conflicts of interest and undeclared gifts in his four-year tenure, during which he executed about $3 million in city contracts with his family company, NEO Consulting Inc.

The commission's 4-0 vote ratified the findings and recommendation of its chief of enforcement, Gary Winuk, to impose fines of $5,000 for each of 14 violations.

The matter was on the consent calendar and passed without discussion. Oliva did not contest the findings.

Oliva's attorney, Richard Ewaniszyk, did not respond to several recent emails and phone calls.

The gifts, according to a summary of FPPC evidence, consisted of almost $235,000 in purchases Oliva made between 2007 and 2010 using three NEO credit cards, for airline tickets, groceries, restaurant meals, hotel rooms and car rentals, among others; NEO paid the credit card bills.

Oliva was Hercules city manager from April 2007 to January 2011.

The FPPC's order and decision is accessible at www.fppc.ca.gov.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 or tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner



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