A former investigator in the Waterbury state’s attorney’s office was in federal court today, as a defendant. 71-year-old John Maia faces federal tax charges.
Federal prosecutors say the investigation is continuing, but they would NOT provide details.
A defense attorney has said that federal authorities are looking into trips taken by the recently-retired top prosecutor in the same Waterbury office, John Connelly. The trips were reportedly taken with a defense lawyer who sometimes works in the same courthouse.
Connelly and Maia retired on the same day.
Federal prosecutors say Maia claimed expenses for a music consulting business that did not exist.
“The indictment alleges that Maia overstated deductions for charitable contributions, and listed fictitious business expenses on his tax returns for the calendar years 2005 through 2008,” said US Attorney for Connecticut spokesperson Tom Carson.
Federal prosecutors say Maia failed to pay about $40,000 in taxes.
He is also accused of making false statements to federal investigators, when they interviewed him about his tax returns.