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Former Democratic mayoral candidate fined for ethics breach

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 7:59 AM

Yesterday, the Office of State Ethics announced via press release that Danbury former mayoral candidate and current third ward Democratic Town Committee member Al Almeida paid a penalty for state ethics code violations.

Former Office of Chief Public Defender Employee Pays $750 to Settle Ethics Code Violations

Hartford – Arlindo Armeida, of Danbury, Connecticut, a former Investigator for the Office of the Chief Public Defender in Danbury, CT paid a $750 penalty for violating Section 1-84 (c) of the Code of Ethics.

During 2013, while a state employee, Mr. Almeida was also employed by a private company for which he also provided investigation services. The services he provided for his other employer were unrelated to his state position.

On several occasions Mr. Almeida utilized his state-issued computer and other state-owned equipment to conduct business related to his outside job, and he did so on state time, while receiving pay from the state.

Further, for a period during 2016 and 2017, Mr. Almeida used a state computer and the state e-mail system in his unsuccessful election bid to become mayor of Danbury. Under Section 1-84 (c) of the Code, a public official or state employee is prohibited from using state resources to obtain personal financial gain.

“State employees who turn their offices into private, for-profit businesses will face penalties,” said Executive Director Carol Carson. “In addition, the Code of Ethics is clear that conducting political activity on state time is prohibited.”

Mr. Almeida served in his state position for 24 years and had no prior history of ethics violations. Through a separate but related personnel action, Mr. Almeida resigned his state position and is no longer a state employee.

The Office of State Ethics also released a copy of the stipulation and consent order against Almeida that provided more details in the matter.

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.



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