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WTHC District board president/Fremont Bank official under investigation

In a story first reported by The Bay Citizen, Michael Wallace — the Fremont Bank board chairman AND president of the Washington Township Heath Care District board of directors — is being investigated for a possible violation of state conflict-of-interest laws. 

Greg Winuk, the chief of enforcement for the California Fair Political Practices Commission, confirmed to me today that the state agency opened an investigation of Wallace in August. Winuk declined to comment further, citing the open investigation. As you’ll read here (or in The Argus’ print edition tomorrow), Wallace did not respond to calls for comment.

Gisela Hernandez, a Washington Hospital Healthcare System spokeswoman, denied that Wallace or the district committed any wrongdoing. Hernandez said more, which you can read in the actual article. Until then, here’s a quote from a written statement from WHHS.

“Michael Wallace has not violated the state’s conflict-of-interest laws,” Hernandez wrote. “And the district’s process for selection of a depository bank followed the requirements of the law.”

Chris DeBenedetti