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Oceanside councilman scolded over poker winnings

October 26, 2011 |  5:26 pm

Jack Feller, Oceanside city councilmanOceanside City Councilman Jack Feller has been scolded by the Fair Political Practices Commission for not listing his poker winnings on his state-mandated financial disclosure forms.

Commission counsel Bridgette Castillo, in a letter to Feller, said Feller's failure to report $4,482 that he won at the Oceans Eleven Casino in Oceanside violates a law requiring officeholders to report any source of income more than $500.

But Castillo said no punishment is planned because Feller had a "good faith belief" that the winnings did not have to be reported because they weren't from a single source.

Feller, a Navy veteran who owned a sandwich shop for a decade and has been on the council for eight years, has amended his disclosure form to include the poker winnings. He's also gone a step further.

"I quit playing poker," he told the North County Times.

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Photo: Oceanside Councilman Jack Feller. Credit: Oceanside city government

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