In March OIB reported that federal investigators are probing allegations that AJ Perez received an unfair advantage in the police chief testing process such as advance help with questions by a subordinate. That contention places Perez directly in line with the federal investigation.
That is in part what federal agents are reviewing as the city’s legal and consulting bills mushroom in response to a summer 2019 federal subpoena for records. Several city employees and current and former police officers have faced federal questioning while attorneys’ fee mount.
CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has an update:
Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration has spent over $500,000 responding to a months-long federal criminal probe into City Hall, including hiring private attorneys for the mayor, his chief of staff, the police chief and personnel director.
“They’re experienced lawyers in federal matters,” R. Christopher Meyer, who runs the municipal law department, said Thursday. “That includes information gathering by outside agencies (seeking) to determine whether there was anything done inappropriately.”
According to documents Meyer’s office provided this week to the City Council, outside attorneys J. Bruce Maffeo and Kerry Lawrence signed contracts last July to represent Ganim and his second-in-command, Daniel Shamas, respectively, in connection with an ongoing investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices of Connecticut and the Southern District of New York.
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Maffeo was part of Ganim’s criminal defense team in 2003 when he was convicted on public corruption charges.