An Erie County employee accused of imposing unjust fines against local businesses declined to appear Monday before the Legislature’s Finance and Management Committee.

It was the second time that Edwin Gonsiorek, director of the county’s Bureau of Weights & Measures, rebuffed the committee. On July 18, the committee had also invited Gonsiorek to answer lawmakers’ questions regarding accusations against him contained in a Comptroller’s Office review of Weights & Measures that was released last month.

According to the Comptroller’s report, field inspectors in the division routinely issued fines on local stores based on inspections that were never actually conducted, and ignored state and federal guidelines requiring rigorous testing before such fines can be imposed.

The report also accused Gonsiorek of using a county warehouse to store his privately owned vehicle and ordering division staff to work on the vehicle on county time.