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New Bill Imposes Misdemeanor For False Residency

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Parents or guardians who lie about their child’s residency in order to get them enrolled in another school district could face a misdemeanor under a bill under consideration by Connecticut lawmakers.

The legislation is scheduled to be discussed Monday during a public hearing before the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.

In 2012, Tonya McDowell of Bridgeport pleaded guilty to felony first-degree larceny for enrolling her five-year-old son in the Norwalk public schools even though she didn’t live in Norwalk. She was sentenced to five years in prison.

That sentence was to run concurrently with a five-year sentence she received in a separate case for selling narcotics to an undercover police officer.

A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $2,0 fine.

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