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Hartford cop admits taking $30k in gun permit fees

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U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says Hartford cop admits stealing nearly $30k in gun permit fees

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says Hartford cop admits stealing nearly $30k in gun permit fees

HARTFORD-A former Hartford police officer admitted in federal court to pocketing nearly $30,000 in fees he collected for processing gun permits.
U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said Tishay Johnson, 40, of Windsor waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to theft from a local government during proceedings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez.
Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 4 by U.S. District Judge Robert M. Chatigny. As part of his plea-bargained agreement, Johnson has agreed to repay Hartford $17,442.50 and the state $11,984.25. He is free on $150,000 bond pending sentencing.
Johnson resigned from the department in January while the investigation was ongoing.
Daly said Johnson’s work involved processing citizen’s applications for gun permits, collecting the fees and then depositing them in the city’s account. The application fees included $70 for Hartford and $66.50 to the state to pay for a background check.
Between October, 2009 and January, 2014, Johnson pocketed $29,426.75 by altering checks and money orders to make it appear they were made payable to him. He also forged signatures on the checks to make it appear that the payee had endorsed them over to him. He then deposited the funds in his personal account.
The FBI and Hartford Police are investigating the case which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.

Michael Mayko

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