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A Connecticut state rep. charged with fraud has resigned his city job

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Scott Davidson

A Democratic State Representative in Connecticut resigned from his job with the city of West Haven after he was arrested by the FBI for wire fraud.

Representative Michael DiMassa worked for the city of West Haven for 12 years. He was charged this week with defrauding his city of more than $600,000 in COVID-19 relief money.

The federal charges allege he started billing the city’s COVID-19 Grant Department for consultancy services through an LLC in January. The FBI said he spent some of that money on gaming chips at the Mohegan Sun casino.

State House leaders said DiMassa has been stripped of his committee and leadership assignments — and he could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont called the accusations troubling and said if they are true, DiMassa betrayed the public trust.

Under state law, Lamont has 10 days to call for a special election to fill DiMassa’s seat.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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