Northwest briefly: Lawmaker fined for failing to disclose stock

OLYMPIA — State Rep. Dennis Flannigan was fined by the Public Disclosure Commission for not disclosing that he owned stock in three companies.

The commission fined the Tacoma Democrat $250, but suspended $150 of it as long as he doesn’t violate the state’s campaign finance laws through 2010.

Flannigan says the omission was an inadvertent error.

State law requires elected officials to report financial assets annually to the Public Disclosure Commission. Flannigan didn’t disclose that he owned stock in Hythiam Inc., Disney and Yahoo. Hythiam licenses a drug treatment program for which Flannigan advocated for state funding. He says his advocacy predated his purchase of Hythiam stock and ended once he bought the stock.

Spokane: Guilty plea in diploma mill case

A leader of a Spokane-based diploma mill pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

Dixie Ellen Randock, 58, a high school dropout, sold fraudulent college degrees and transcripts from more than 125 bogus online universities she created.

She faces a maximum three years in prison and $250,000 fine when she is sentenced in several weeks in U.S. District Court.

Her husband, Steven K. Randock Sr., and Dixie Randock’s daughter, Heidi Kae Lorhan, are also expected to enter pleas soon.

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