BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The former Bridgeport Police Chief and the acting personnel director for the city were both in court on Monday and pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Former Bridgeport Police Chief Armando J. “AJ” Perez resigned last month after being arrested and charged with fraud by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
According the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s report, Perez and the acting personnel director for the city of Bridgeport, David Dunn, were arrested after “defrauding the City by rigging the 2018 police chief examination, mandated by the City’s Charter, to ensure Perez would be selected for the position.”
They both were also charged with making false statements to federal agents in the course of the investigation.
Dunn has also since resigned.
Perez addresses reporters on Monday, saying he apologized to the residents of Bridgeport for his actions.
Both men could face five years in prison for each charge. However, prosecutors suggested a two-year sentence.
Both are due back in court in January 2021.