Former town official in Plainville arrested - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Former town official in Plainville arrested

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PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

The Plainville Police Department arrested a former town official related to his conduct while he was employed by the town.

Kenneth Michelson, 53, of Waterbury, turned himself in to Plainville police after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

Michelson, Plainville's former superintendent of Water Pollution Control, now faces a slew of charges, including larceny, tampering with evidence, forgery and filing a false report.

He was arrested and released on $100,000 bond.

According to police, an investigation was conducted into Michelson's conduct and evidence showed that over a two-year period he took, for his personal use, building materials purchased with town funds.

"There's no reason for any of that corruption or anything like that," said Chris Galvin, of Plainville. "He obviously made a decent salary. There's no need for any of that, especially taking stuff that was from another project."

Also, police said, he forged invoices, procured town funds for personal use, stole a town-owned computer and then later attempted to hide and destroy some of the incriminating evidence.

The evidence indicated Michelson filed several false Nutrient Analysis Reports to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection during 2010 and 2011, police said.

Once he realized a police investigation was under way, Michelson improperly communicated with potential witnesses to try and influence what they would tell police.

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