Thursday, January 29, 2009

Less than 1% of corruption cases get investigated, allegedly

The below was found on the Hartford Courant newspaper site [here]. Steven G. Erickson thoughts on the below written in red.

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez
(TOM BROWN / HARTFORD COURANT / February 1, 2007)
Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez

On Jan. 27 2009, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez surrendered himself on bribery charges related to renovation work performed on his house by a city contractor who received millions of dollars in public contracts.

Former State Senator Louis DeLuca
Former State Senator Louis DeLuca

Louis DeLuca became a part of a scandal involving the mob in 2007. DeLuca asked an alleged mob associate to intervene in what DeLuca called an abusive relationship between his granddaughter and her husband. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to threatening, receiving a suspended sentence. DeLuca later resigned from the Senate, which became effective on November 30, 2007.

Alleged Mafia garbage hauling, fixed bids, and doling out "beat downs", is Official Connecticut a real life version of HBO's, "The Sopranos"?

Former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim
Former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim

Joe Ganim was convicted on federal corruption charges and sentenced to 108 months at a federal correction facility. Ganim was also ordered to pay $148,000 in restitution and a $150,000 fine. Ganim was said to have received $529,505 in kickbacks and bribes from his accomplices.

Was Ganim as bad as former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland, known as "Johnny" to both Presidents Bush? [more]

Former Gov. John Rowland
(Hartford Courant / December 14, 2006)
Former Gov. John Rowland

A year after being sworn in to an historic third term as Connecticut's governor, John G. Rowland admitted publicly that he had received free work from state contractors on his summer cottage in Bantam, an admission that foreshadowed his resignation and, ultimately, his imprisonment. He officially resigned on July 1, 2004; then pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge on Dec. 23 of that year. He served ten months in federal prison before his release on Feb. 10, 2006.

Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano
(DOUGLAS HEALEY / AP / December 1, 2000)
Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano

Philip Giordano is currently serving a 37-year prison term for sexually abusing two young girls while he was mayor of Waterbury. In 2003, Giordano was convicted of violating the girls' civil rights by paying a crack-addicted prostitute to bring her daughter and niece to him for sexual encounters in 2000 and 2001, when they were 8 and 10. Giordano was arrested in July of 2001 by FBI agents who were monitoring him as part of a municipal corruption investigation. The arrest stunned the city and prompted fellow Republican and then-Gov. John Rowland to ask Giordano to resign.

Former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro
Former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro

Joseph Santopietro was convicted in 1992 of conspiring with bankers and developers to trade favors for bribes and kickbacks disguised as loans.

Former State Sen. Ernest Newton
(BOB CHILD / AP / September 20, 2005)
Former State Sen. Ernest Newton

Former Bridgeport State Sen. Ernest Newton was sentenced to five years in prison in 2006 for accepting a $5,000 bribe, evading taxes and pilfering campaign contributions to pay for car repairs and personal cellphone calls.

Ernie Newton may have made one or two big mistakes. Look at his prison sentence. Rowland got a year in prison. Rowland when he was working came in, and almost everyday he was profiteering, stealing, taking bribes, and retaliating against those who got "mouthy" about his crimes. [my more recent email to "Johnny"]

Sen. Christopher Dodd
(ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES / October 16, 2008)
Sen. Christopher Dodd

Sen. Chris Dodd came under fire after it was found out that he received favorable terms on his Countrywide Financial loans when he refinanced his mortgages in his Connecticut and Washington, D.C., homes. As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Dodd later proposed a housing bailout to Congress which would in turn help companies accused of causing the subprime meltdown, including Countrywide. Dodd has still refused to release documents on his 2003 loans.

Dirtbag ... he is unresponsive to most, if not almost all, of his constituents.

Thomas Gaffey
(HANDOUT / October 17, 2008)
State Senator Thomas Gaffey

State Senator Thomas Gaffey came under scandal in 2007 when allegations came out that he was involved in a romantic relationship with a school lobbyist at Connecticut State University while at the same time pushing for a billion dollar proposal for the CSU system. He denied his relationship with the university administrator, and was reelected November 2008.

A billion dollars!!!??? What happens to a common thief who steals one candy bar from one candy store?

John M. Fabrizi, Mary Fabrizi
(DOUGLAS HEALEY / AP / June 20, 2006)
Former Bridgeport Mayor John M. Fabrizi

Former Bridgeport Mayor John M. Fabrizi admitted in 2006 that he abused cocaine while in office. The allegations of his drug use first surfaced after a drug dealer claimed there was a videotape of Fabrizi using cocaine. It was later found out that the videotape never existed.

Just not as good at denying wrongdoing as most Connecticut Official Scumbags.

Mayor Patrick L. Tallarita

In 2007, former Enfield Mayor Patrick L. Tallarita was named in a lawsuit over an alleged confrontation with a man in a grocery store.

T. Frank Hayes
Former Mayor T. Frank Hayes

Former Waterbury Mayor T. Frank Hayes was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the City of Waterbury in 1940. Hayes served six years in prison.


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