The executive director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments surrendered to a judge on Friday for felony charges involving improper use of his Alhambra firm. The Los Angeles Times reports prosecutors allege that Nicholas Conway, 60, violated a "state law barring public officials from having a financial interest in any contract made by them in their official capacity." Conways' Alhambra-based public sector consulting firm, Arroyo Associates, manages the council.
In the complaint charging Conway with the four conflict-of-interest felonies, Deputy Dist. Atty. Dana Aratani alleges that Conway exploited his position as head of the joint powers authority, which coordinates efforts among 31 cities, three water districts and county supervisors for the region. The charges cover a period between 2008 and 2011 and relate to grants involving the local watershed, an energy initiative and energy conservation.
The Public Integrity division of the Los Angeles Distric Attorney's Office served search warrants on Conway's Alhambra offices in The Alhambra complex at 1000 Fremont and Conway's home on June 6.
Conway denies the charges. "It's alleging business relationships with council members and other bizarre stuff," Conway told the Pasadena Star-News. "It's the same old thing, alleging the conflict of interest and attacking my business. None of it's true."
After surrendering, Conway was released on $100,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled July 23.