Shelton Corruption Probe

IRS Probing Botti’s Tax Liability

by STAFF | Jul 29, 2015 4:09 pm

FILEA Shelton developer who served four years in a federal prison after being swept up in an FBI corruption probe is under federal scrutiny again.

The Internal Revenue Service asked a federal judge this month to compel Botti’s wife, Laura Testani, to appear at its Norwalk offices.

The IRS agent, Sarah Davidson, is investigating Botti’s tax liability from 2007 and 2008 and had earlier this year asked Testani to “produce for examination books, papers, records or other data,” as well as bank statements and checks from September 2014 to February 2015 regarding Botti’s liability.

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Case Closed In Shelton Corruption Probe

by STAFF | May 28, 2014 10:41 am

FILEThe years-long federal corruption probe in the City of Shelton has wrapped up without an indictment of its chief target, Mayor Mark Lauretti, the New Haven Register reported Tuesday.

The Register cited Thomas Carson, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as saying that the corruption probe is now closed.

Lauretti, referred to in court documents as “Public Official #1,” has consistently and adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

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Botti Appeal Hearing Set For Wednesday

by Ethan Fry | Apr 30, 2012 5:48 pm

A lawyer representing Shelton developer James Botti will try this week to convince a panel of federal judges his client deserves a new trial.

Botti is currently serving a six-year prison term at a minimum security federal prison in West Virginia on a mail fraud conviction.

Oral arguments in his appeal are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.

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Anglace: Jailing Scinto Is A Missed Opportunity

by Jodie Mozdzer Gil | Apr 7, 2011 10:52 pm | Comments (2)

It could have worked.

That proposal from Shelton developer Robert Scinto to pay for and pitch an ethics code to public officials and professional trade organizations.

The one he offered as an alternative to jail. The one a federal judge rejected Wednesday, when he sentenced Scinto to six months in prison for lying to federal agents in their corruption probe in Shelton.

It could have worked, Shelton Board of Aldermen President John Anglace said Thursday.

“I’m not pleading for Scinto,” Anglace said. “I’m pleading for what the proposal could do. I think the proposal has merits and I think we missed that opportunity by incarcerating him, versus harnessing what he could bring to the table to help us.”

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Scinto Sentenced For Spreading ‘Cancer’ Of Corruption

by Jodie Mozdzer Gil | Apr 6, 2011 8:27 pm | Comments (1)

There is no doubt Robert Scinto was a pillar of the community. He gave to charities, helped countless people in need, brought jobs to Fairfield County.

At the same time, he worked to undermine the foundation of the community he loved by lying to federal agents in their corruption investigation in Shelton.

That contrast led Senior U.S. District Judge Charles S. Haight Jr. to sentence Scinto, 63, to six months in prison Wednesday — despite pleas from dozens of friends, family members and coworkers to grant leniency to Scinto.

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