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Decatur man charged with state ethics violations

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Freddie Vengrouskie was charged with two violations Thursday.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 1:55 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2018 1:55 PM

A Decatur man is facing charges that he used his state job for personal gain.

Freddie Vince Vengrouskie, 59, bonded out of jail Thursday after being arrested on state ethics violation charges, arrest records show. He is charged with soliciting or receiving employment from a business after directly regulating it, and soliciting something of value while he was associated with a regulatory body.

Vengrouskie participated in regulating a private business while he was a public employee, state prosecutors said. He took a job with that business within two years of leaving his state job, they said, which is against the law. He's also charged with soliciting or accepting "a thing of value" while he worked in his regulatory position.

Prosecutors did not specify what branch of state government Vengrouskie worked for at the time of the alleged violations. They also didn't name the company he went to work for.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 9 in Montgomery County, according to court records. If convicted, he faces two to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine on each charge.

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