Feds Announce Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force

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Connecticut U.S. attorney Dierdre Daly and other federal officials have announced a new public corruption task force to investigate corrupt public officials, the misuse of public funds and related criminal activity.

The task force was unveiled on Wednesday and Daly said it's the first time in Connecticut that several federal agencies have been brought together in a single corruption investigative unit.

Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the Inspector General’s Offices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development are part of the group.

“Although each of these agencies has a history of working together, bringing some of the best agents in the state into one unit with a singular purpose of investigating all manner of corruption is an optimal way to address the complex and varied threats posed by corrupt activity,” Daly said in a statement.

Daly says the task force will focus not only on rooting out corrupt elected officials, but also federal, state and municipal employees who use their positon for personal gain.

The task force has been at work for several months and has several investigations ongoing, including the recent arrest of the former finance director of the town of Plymouth, who is alleged to have embezzled more than $800,000 from the town and used much of it to build something akin to a museum in his home, filled with Hummel figurines, Annalee dolls, coins, stamps, Coach purses and more.

The former finance director for Plymouth, Connecticut is accused of embezzling more than $800,000 from the town.

If you want to report corrupt activity, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

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