Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, failed to list a rental property on his Form 700 statement of economic interests that politicians must file.
The Fair Political Practices Commission received a written complaint about the alleged violation and sent a letter to Mathis.
Mathis said in statement to The Bee that he made an “honest mistake.”
“Because all of the rent I collect on the property goes straight to paying its mortgage, I don’t earn any net profit, and I made the honest mistake of not listing it as an economic benefit when filling out the form,” he said. “As soon as we realized the error, we immediately amended the form to reflect the rental income.”
The property is a single family home in Visalia that Mathis reportedly lived in until last fall.
The complaint was filed by Catherine Doe, a writer at The Valley Voice bi-weekly newspaper in Tulare and Kings counties.
Doe said a neighbor called to complain about Mathis.
The neighbor told Doe that Mathis was now renting out the home. Doe verified that Mathis owned the property, but noticed it was not listed on his Form 700 filed March 1 and decided to file the complaint.
The commission staff is reviewing the complaint, FPPC spokesman Jay Wierenga said.
Mathis, a first-term Assemblyman, is running for re-election in the June primary. He has two opponents: Republican Rudy Mendoza, who lost to Mathis two years ago; and Democrat Ruben Macareno. The top two finishers will advance to the November general election.