Courtesy of FBI New Haven Bureau
Local legislators said Wednesday they support the creation of a task force to combat corruption in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force was formed earlier this month and consists of representatives from the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, as well as the Inspector General’s Offices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said in a statement that the task force’s responsibilities include investigating and “rooting out” elected officials, federal, state and municipal employees who use their position for personal gain at the expense of the public good.
“Connecticut’s unfortunate recent history with corruption is well known, but so is this office’s history of combating corrupt activity,” Daly said in a statement. “Our efforts have been aided by a dogged media and courageous, conscientious citizens, business owners and public officials who have provided information about corrupt activity in their midst.”
The task force has already spent months at work and was involved in the arrest of a former finance director in Plymouth accused of embezzling more than $800,000 from the town, according to a statement.
To raise awareness of the task force’s mission, the New Haven division of the FBI installed billboards in Hartford, Bridgeport and Waterbury.
The billboards ask motorists to “Report corruption now!” by contacting the task force at 1-800-CALL-FBI.