Former Public Works Director Joseph Michelangelo faces up to 10 years in prison.
FAIRFIELD, Connecticut — Joseph Michelangelo, a former public works commissioner in Fairfield, pleaded guilty to nine felony environmental crime and fraud charges in Bridgeport Superior Court Monday, chief attorney Patrick J. Griffin said. Stated.
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Michelangelo is suing for complicity in receiving solid waste at unauthorized facilities, illegally dumping asbestos, illegally dumping polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), first degree theft, second degree counterfeiting, and various environmental crimes. I was.
Michelangelo faces up to 10 years in prison. Had he been found guilty on all counts after the trial, Michelangelo would have faced more than 20 years in prison.
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The plea deal also requires Michelangelo to pay damages to the town of Fairfield.
Michelangelo admitted that he and other town officials took part in activities that included a conspiracy with contractors they hired to run some of DPW’s properties. This site and other locations have become dumping grounds for unauthorized, contaminated, and hazardous materials.
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Michelangelo is scheduled to be sentenced in Bridgeport Superior Court on February 3, 2023. Indictments are pending against her six other defendants.
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