September 20, 2017

Connecticut sues to revoke ex-mayor Perez's pension

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Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St.
HBJ File Photo
Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez.

The state of Connecticut is suing to revoke or reduce former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's pension.

Perez pleaded guilty on Aug. 31 to receiving a bribe and first-degree larceny by extortion in connection with home improvements he made while in office. That same day, Attorney General George Jepsen filed suit in Hartford Superior Court seeking some or all of Perez's $2,329-a-month pension, according to his office and court papers.

As mayor from the end of 2001 through June 2010, Perez and his wife, Maria, who is also named in the lawsuit, are entitled to receive the pension.

However, Jepsen is authorized to seek to recover some or all of those funds by state law for any municipal employee who pleads guilty to a crime related to state office, the lawsuit states.

The charges stemmed from allegations that Perez accepted home improvements from a city contractor in return for keeping him on a multimillion-dollar construction project, among other things.

Perez's attorney, Robert Bartley Halloran, could not be reached immediately for comment.

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