Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong will pay a $250 fine to settle a case with the Atlanta Board of Ethics after she failed to disclose $11,013.46 in payments made to her brother's consulting firm over a two-year period.
The board ordered Archibong, whose District 5 includes East Atlanta, Glenwood Park, East Lake and Cabbagetown, to pay the fine within 10 days of Sept. 19, the date the ethics board approved of the settlement.
Creative Loafing reported that Archibong's brother, Warren Mosby, owns the company, HSI Systems & Consultants, that received the payments.
HSI Systems was charged with addressing Archibong's constituency services.
The ethics board, in its three-page settlement, said Mosby did not receive monetary benefit from the city, Archibong did not have a financial interest in her brother's company and that she "fully cooperated with the investigation and had no intent to violate," the city code.
The board began an investigation following a complaint that was filed and submitted to it in August.
In a statement to CL, Archibong, an attorney, said she was "pleased that through this process we have been able to highlight an area where the code may require further refinement.
"I see this as an opportunity to provide clarity and guidance to all of us who are governed by the Ethics code going forward."
But Christian Enterkin, the Kirkwood businesswoman challenging Archibong for her seat in the November elections, expressed dismay at the fine amount and said the incident shows an "egregious ethical lapse," on the incumbent's part.
"As a resident and taxpayer, I'm very disappointed that incumbent Natalyn Archibong paid her brother over eleven thousand taxpayer dollars ($11,013.46, to be precise) and failed to disclose it until an ethics charge was filed against her," Enterkin said in her statement.
"Archibong (an attorney) should easily understand basic ethics laws. The voters in District 5 deserve a councilmember who will maintain high ethical standards and who will not put family members on payroll.