The news is out: [Bridgeport, Conn., police chief Armando “A.J.” Perez has been arrested on charges of fixing the hiring process to ensure the position went to him.
Federal prosecutors announced the arrest of both Perez and Bridgeport acting personnel director David Dunn. Both men face charges of wire fraud, lying to investigators and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
In the criminal complaint, prosecutors accused the two of defrauding the city by manipulating the 2018 police chief exam.
Perez persuaded two officers to secretly draft and write the written portion of his exam, according to the Southern District of New York. Dunn, meanwhile, persuaded a panelist in charge of ranking the candidates in the final stage to make sure Perez made the top three, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The scheme ensured Perez made it into the top three candidates, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Perez also at one point requested that an officer enter headquarters for stolen confidential information, according to the indictment.
“Chief Perez and Personnel Director Dunn schemed to rig the purportedly impartial and objective search for a permanent police chief to ensure the position was awarded to Perez, and then repeatedly lied to federal agents in order to conceal their conduct,” acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.
“Bridgeport’s citizens and police officers deserve leaders with integrity who are committed to enforcing, not breaking, the law, and we thank the FBI for their partnership in investigating and uncovering the scheme alleged,” she added.]
Please remember that a good cop is one who hasn’t been caught yet.