Armando Perez

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Service Record

Agency Bridgeport Connecticut Police Department
Rank Acting Chief (March 3, 2016)[1], Chief[2]
Dates of Service Hired approximately 1980[3]. Ended September 10, 2020[4]
Salary $149,036[3]
Last Known Status Resigned[4]

Incident Reports

2018 Hiring Conspiracy

In 2018, the City of Bridgeport began the process to hire a new police chief. Perez, who was acting chief at the time, had two officers prepare his resume and cover letter for the search process. The officers also completed the written examination on Perez's behalf and got the oral exam test questions in advance.[5]

The city's acting personnel director lowered the position's requirements to favor Perez, and sent non-public information about the status of the search process to Perez.[5]

One of the officers involved reported Perez to the FBI.[6]

On September 10, 2020, Perez resigned.[4]

Department Response

Legal Action

On September 9, 2020, Perez was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and making a false statement to the FBI.[7]

On October 5, 2020, Perez pleaded guilty.[8][5] Perez faced up to two years in prison under a plea deal.[2]

On November 4, 2020, the Connecticut Attorney General filed a lawsuit to reduce and/or revoke Perez's $102,072.36 municipal pension.[3]

On April 12, 2021, Perez was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison. He must also serve two years on supervised release, pay a fine of $7,500, and pay restitution of $299,407.[8] By being sentenced to more than one year, Perez can earn "good time" credit of up to 54 days and also receive credit for time incarcerated prior to sentencing.[5]

On November 18, 2021, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council revoked Perez's certification, making him ineligible to serve as a police officer in the state. Perez could reapply in the future.[9]

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