February 17, 2017

Ex-state state psychiatrist fined for violating ethics code

Glastonbury resident Leonard Lev, a former principal psychiatrist at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, has paid a $3,500 penalty for violating state law by using state resources for personal gain.

According to the Office of State Ethics, Lev, while a state employee, owned a private company through which he provided psychiatric services for private patients from Dec. 2014 through Dec. 2015. Even though his private services were unrelated to his state job, Lev used his state-issued computers and other state-owned equipment to process administrative paperwork related to this outside job, and he did so on state time, while receiving pay from the state, in violation of the state Ethics Code, the Office of Ethics said.

The Middletown hospital is operated by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

"State employees, who turn their offices into private, for-profit businesses will face significant penalties," said Ethics Executive Director Carol Carson. "The Code of Ethics is clear that while state employees may have other jobs, their state jobs must come first."

Through a separate but related personnel action, Lev lost his state position and is no longer a state employee.

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