Surprise more corruption in Bridgeport...https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/bridgeport-police-chief-and-personnel-director-charged-fraud-false-statementsBridgeport police chief, acting personnel director arrested, charged with fraud by U.S. Attorney, FBI for allegedly ‘rigging’ police chief examhttps://www.wtnh.com/news/bridgeport-police-chief-personnel-director-arrested-charged-with-fraud-by-u-s-attorney-fbi-for-allegedly-rigging-police-chief-exam/
Bridgeport Police Chief Armando J. “AJ” Perez has been arrested and charged with fraud by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
According to the report from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Perez and the acting personnel director for the city of Bridgeport, David Dunn, have been charged with fraud “for defrauding the City by rigging the 2018 police chief examination, mandated by the City’s Charter, to ensure Perez would be selected for the position. Perez and Dunn were also charged with making false statements to federal agents in the course of the investigation.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said, “As alleged, Chief Perez and Personnel Director Dunn schemed to rig the purportedly impartial and objective search for a permanent police chief to ensure the position was awarded to Perez, and then repeatedly lied to federal agents in order to conceal their conduct.”
“Bridgeport’s citizens and police officers deserve leaders with integrity who are committed to enforcing, not breaking, the law, and we thank the FBI for their partnership in investigating and uncovering the scheme alleged,” continued Strauss.
“Today’s arrest of city officials including a high ranking, long-time law enforcement officer is a stark reminder that the betrayal of public trust and community members by a public servant is not only unethical but often illegal,” said FBI Special Agent-in-Charge David Sundberg. “We recognize these arrests are not a reflection on the Bridgeport Police Department as a whole, but it is our responsibility to root out injustice and corruption by any and all elected and appointed officials entrusted to protect and serve with honor. We at the FBI will continue to aggressively pursue all those engaged in matters of public corruption throughout Connecticut.”
Perez, 64, and Dunn, 72, are each charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Perez is also charged with two counts of false statements to federal investigators, and DUNN is charged with one count of false statements to federal investigators, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Perez was named acting chief of the Bridgeport PD on March 1, 2016 and was sworn in as Chief on November 13, 2018 – following the exam from which these charges stem.
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