March 20, 2018

Ex-CT investigator fined $750

A former Connecticut state investigator has paid a $750 fine for using state computers and e-mail to assist with performing an outside job and during his failed mayoral bid, authorities say.

Arlindo Armeida of Danbury was previously an investigator for the state Office of the Chief Public Defender in Danbury, according to the Office of State Ethics.

In 2013, while on the state payroll, Almeida also worked for a private company as an investigator, performing duties unrelated to his state job, the ethics office said.

On several occasions, investigators said, Almeida used 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.

Also, in a period extending from 2016 to 2017, he used a state computer and state e-mail system in his unsuccessful election bid to become Danbury's mayor, authorities said.

The state ethics code bans public officials or state employees from using state resources for personal financial gain, OSE Executive Director Carol Carson said.

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

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