Trying to rescue his $81,000 annual pension from revocation by a state judge for helping former Chief AJ Perez scheme the top cop test in 2018, former city Personnel Director David Dunn implied under oath he wasn’t the only one who wanted Perez to succeed.
The 2008 state law authored by then Bridgeport State Rep. Chris Caruso empowers the Attorney General’s Office to revoke or seek to reduce the pensions of state and municipal officials convicted of wrongdoing in their official capacities.
Dunn and Perez were charged with federal wire fraud violations as well as providing false information to federal investigators. Both entered guilty pleas. Dunn was sentenced to four months.
When Dunn, 74, surrendered to the prison facility in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania he was expecting assignment to the federal camp reserved largely for first-time, non-violent offenders. Instead, he spent the first three weeks in 24-hour cell isolation, as part of the prison’s Covid protocol, irrespective of being fully vaccinated.
He was released last August. The state is also seeking revocation of Perez’s pension.
More on this story from Dan Tepfer, CT Post:
But Under questioning by Assistant Attorney General Gregory O’Connell, he admitted supplying Perez with the questions to the examination in advance and adapting the scoring for the process to benefit Perez.
But he said he was unaware that Perez had two other officers take the exam for him. And he was evasive on whether he lied to the FBI about telling one of the panelists scoring the chief selection process that Mayor Joe Ganim wanted Perez to be one of the finalists for the job.
“When you denied making that statement to the panelist that denial was a lie?” O’Connell asked Dunn.
“That’s what I was charged with and that’s what I pled guilty to,” Dunn replied.
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