Conn. chief of police, personnel director arrested for allegedly rigging police exam

Kimberly Dole
September 10, 2020 - 4:36 pm

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (1010 WINS) -- The Chief of Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut and the city's personnel director were arrested on Thursday on charges they conspired to rig the 2018 police chief exam.

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Bridgeport Chief Armando Perez, 64, and acting personnel director David Dunn, 72, were both charged with fraud and making false statements to the FBI, officials said.

Federal prosecutors in New York, where the charges originated, allege that the goal of the 2018 plan was to make sure Perez, the acting chief at the time, would be the permanent selection for the role.

According to the criminal complaint, both men attempted to "deceive the city by secretly rigging the supposedly independent search process for a new Bridgeport Police Department chief to ensure that Perez was ranked as one of the top three candidates and could therefore be awarded a five-year contract to serve as the BPD chief."

Dunn allegedly stole the exam questions and emailed them to Perez who then allegedly enlisted two officers to secretly draft his answers.

Perez was eventually offered the position by the mayor and given a 5-year contract and over $300,000 for accrued leave.

"Bridgeport's citizens and police officers deserve leaders with integrity who are committed to enforcing, not breaking, the law," acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said.

Perez and Dunn were each charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted, each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Officials also charged Perez with two counts of false statements to federal investigators, and Dunn with one count of false statements to federal investigators, each carryng a maximum penalty of five years in prison.