Report by Paula Antolini, April 13, 2021, 12:14PM EDT
On April 12, 2021, Former Bridgeport Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez was sentenced to 1 year in prison for corrupting the process that led to his appointment in 2018.
According to federal authorities, Perez was found guilty of receiving information about the police chief’s examination, which was stolen by Bridgeport’s former acting personnel director, David Dunn, who will be sentenced today. The stolen information included questions for an oral examination and the scoring guide for written essays. Perez also admitted that he directed two officers to complete his essays, saying the work was his own. He then lied to federal authorities in an effort to cover up his crime.
Perez had the distinction of being the first Hispanic Chief of Police of the City of Bridgeport, but now will reside in prison.
Perez had a nearly four-decade career with Bridgeport police and had been appointed by Mayor Joe Ganim, who denied any responsibility in the crime and was not charged. Ganim served seven years in prison for corruption during his years as mayor from 1991 to 2003.
Perez, 65, and Dunn, 73, resigned in September and pleaded guilty in October to defrauding the city and making false statements to FBI agents. Dunn is expected to be sentenced April 13th.