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Former CT Town Official Charged With Stealing Money from Mentally Disabled Woman

The former Fairfield town employee allegedly stole money from a mentally disabled woman whose finances were put in his care under the wishes of her dying father

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What to Know

  • A former Connecticut town's Public Works boss has been charged with larceny for stealing from a mentally disabled woman
  • The former Fairfield town employee allegedly stole money from a mentally disabled woman whose finances were put in his care under the wishes of her dying father
  • Police also said the man took bribes from a local construction company to dump contaminated waste on town property

A Connecticut town's former superintendent of public works who police have accused of taking bribes from a local construction company was also charged with larceny for stealing from a mentally disabled woman.

Scott Bartlett, 57, allegedly stole money from a mentally disabled woman whose finances were put in his care under the wishes of her dying father, a friend of Bartlett and his wife, according to arrest documents.

Bartlett was arraigned Monday. He didn't enter a plea and the case is being continued to March 26.

Bartlett and his attorney declined to comment as they left the court house, the Connecticut Post reported.

The daughter's accounts were intended to cover her living expenses but Bartlett used the funds for his own purposes, according to court documents. The woman was given gift cards to fast food restaurants for her meals while Bartlett and his wife ate at restaurants and spent hundreds at a wholesale club, the documents state.

Bartlett, the former superintendent of public works in Fairfield, pleaded not guilty in October in connection with an alleged scheme to dump contaminated waste on town property.

Jason Julian, co-owner of construction company Julian Enterprises, also pleaded not guilty in the alleged scheme. Charges against the two men include larceny, forgery and illegal dumping.

According to court documents, Bartlett was in financial trouble and agreed to allow Julian to dump the material in exchange for monetary kickbacks.

The cleanup of the site has already cost Fairfield taxpayers more than $779,000.

Bartlett was fired by the town.

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