As a way to combat corruption among public officials, the creation of a new task force was announced on Wednesday.
Connecticut U.S. attorney Dierdre Daly and other federal officials announced the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force has been created to investigate corrupt public officials, the misuse of public funds and related criminal activity.
In a press release, Daly said it's the first time in Connecticut that several federal agencies have been brought together in a single corruption investigative unit.
“Although each of these agencies has a history of working together, bringing some of the best agents in the state into one unit with a singular purpose of investigating all manner of corruption is an optimal way to address the complex and varied threats posed by corrupt activity," she said.
The task force will focus not only on rooting out corrupt elected officials, but also federal, state and municipal employees who use their position for personal gain.
It will also investigate "corruption that threatens public resources, the electoral process, and fair economic opportunities for citizens and businesses," the release said.
Daly said the task force has been at work for several months and has several ongoing investigations, including the recent arrest of the former finance director for the town of Plymouth, who is allegedly embezzled more than $800,000 from the town.
The United States Postal Service also announced that it welcomes the partnership with the task force, calling it "a partnership that presents a tremendous opportunity for various agencies to pool resources and expertise to ensure public officials are held accountable," said Shelly Binkowski, of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
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