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Witness lists released for upcoming Botti corruption trial

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NEW HAVEN — Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti heads the list of prominent Valley politicians and developers who will be called as witnesses in the upcoming bribery and corruption trial of Shelton developer James Botti.
The list was made public during jury selection Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
Besides Lauretti the witness lists include Robert Scinto, a major Shelton developer; Alvaro DaSilva, a Shelton developer who was formerly the chairman of the city’s Inland/Wetlands Commission; Leon Sylvester, a former Planning & Zoning Commission member and former superintendent of schools; Chris Jones, a former alderman and member of the zoning commission, who ran against Lauretti in the last mayoral race; Danny Orazietti, a city restaurant owner and former member of the zoning commission; and Jason Perillo, a state representative who was formerly an alderman and zoning commission member.
Also on the witness list are Shelton Detective Ben Trabka; Fire Marshal Jim Tortora and Building Official Elliot Wilson, who recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to lying to federal investigators and to a federal grand jury about gifts he accepted from two developers.
Wilson, 66, admitted that he “received items of value from developers in Shelton who sought to influence (him) in connection with his official duties.”
Wilson was the third person convicted as a result of an ongoing federal corruption probe in Shelton.
In November, Botti was convicted of structuring bank deposits in order to avoid IRS notification.
Botti’s father, Peter, pleaded guilty in June to structuring charges and will be sentenced April. He is on the prosecution’s witness list.
Nine men and 7 women were chosen for the jury Wednesday. Botti’s corruption and bribery trial is expected to begin on March 8.
Botti, 46, is facing charges of conspiring to defraud Shelton residents, bribing a public official, and mail fraud by depriving Shelton residents of an honest government.
The public official has been identified as Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti by Botti’s attorney, William F. Dow, III, during court hearings.

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