Former Danbury mayoral candidate fined for ethics breach

March 19, 2018

HARTFORD - A former Danbury mayoral candidate and investigator in the Chief Public Defender’s Office has paid a $750 penalty for violating state ethics law.

State ethics officials said in 2013 Arlindo Almeida was working as a state employee and employed by a private company for which he also provided investigation services. The services he provided for his other employer were unrelated to his state position.

On several occasions, Almeida utilized his state-issued computer and other state-owned equipment to conduct business related to his outside job, and he did so on state time, while receiving pay from the state, ethics officials said.

Between 2016 and 2017, Almeida also used a state computer and the state e-mail system in his unsuccessful election bid to become mayor of Danbury. A public official or state employee is prohibited from using state resources to obtain personal financial gain.

“State employees who turn their offices into private, for-profit businesses will face penalties,” Carol Carson, director of the state Office of Ethics. “In addition, the Code of Ethics is clear that conducting political activity on state time is prohibited.”

Almeida served in his state position for 24 years and had no prior history of ethics violations. Through a separate but related personnel action, Almeida resigned his state position and is no longer a state employee, Carson said.