Former Redding Highway Superintendent Bruce Sanford and charged with larceny in the first degree (embezzlement) following a four-month investigation into his alleged misuse of town funds.
Sanford resigned from his position in July.
On Monday, Police Chief Douglas Fuchs — who said he couldn’t comment on the case, as despite Sanford’s arrest, the investigation remains ongoing — explained the reasoning behind choosing Brookfield Police to investigate the case.
“We wanted a neighboring police department that works within the Danbury Court system,” Fuchs said. “We were trying to find one that did not share a border with us. Brookfield is the only department that fits that mold.”
showed Sanford was under investigation for using town monies to restore two machines he owns while also directing highway department employees to perform maintenance work on those vehicles while on the clock.
In September, : three counts of larceny in the second degree of a victim over 60 years of age and attempted larceny in the second degree of a victim over 60 years of age.
In October, Sanford’s attorney, Michael Corsello, filed a motion on behalf of his client stating that the arrest warrant signed for those charges was signed because false information was contained in the arrest warrant application.
“The arrest warrant claims that over the course of six years, Sanford wrongfully billed and was paid for approximately $4,300.00 for landscaping services rendered to a homeowner over 60 years of age,” a letter from Corsello states. “Sanford’s motion claims the homeowner was not an individual over 60 years of age but rather a Nevada Corporation and contains an attachment of a deed showing the property to be owned by this corporation. The motion also contains attachments which show Sanford was paid with checks from a separate corporate entity, not by an individual over 60 years of age, as claimed in the warrant application. The motion also states that the claims of evidence being obtained from town issued computer were inaccurate and contains attachments showing the computer was purchased by Sanford himself.”
The arrest warrant for Sanford’s embezzlement charge was not immediately available.