A federal grand jury has indicted seven people in the ongoing investigation of campaign contributions in the Fifth Congressional District race.  It brings to eight the number of people facing prosecution for conspiring to disguise the source of contributions in an effort to influence the actions of the Connecticut legislature.

(Click here to read the indictment)

The seven include the former finance director for the campaign of the party-endorsed Democratic candidate Chris Donovan,  Robert Braddock Junior of Meriden,  who had been arrested in May,  and Donovan’s former campaign manager Joshua Nassi.

Others named in the indictments are David Moffa of Middlebury,  the former president of Local 387 of the  American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees;  and two co-owners of the roll-your-own tobacco business Smoke House Tobacco, Paul Rogers and George Tirado,  and one of their employees,  Benjamin Hogan.  The seventh person indicted,   Daniel Monteiro,  is identified only as the owner of an unspecified Waterbury business.

Waterbury police identify Tirado,  as a Waterbury police detective with a financial interest in two tobacco shops.  The 14-year veteran has been on administrative leave since Friday pending the outcome of the federal investigation and an internal police investigation.

U.S. Attorney for Connecticut David Fein says the indictment alleges the seven,  plus an eighth individual,  Raymond Soucy,  who already has pleaded guilty to bribery and making false statements,  conspired to try to hide the source of 27-thousand-500 dollars in contributions.  FBI Special Agent in Charge Kimberly Mertz says the FBI will continue to investigate the matter.

The indictments allege a series of discussions beginning in 2011 in which prosecutors say the participants arranged to make hidden campaign contributions through outside donors in hopes of influencing the General Assembly not to make roll-your-own tobacco shops subject to a licensing fee and tax increase.


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