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Waterbury Ex-Detective Avoids Prison Time

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A retired Waterbury detective has avoided prison time in connection to his guilty plea to lying to a federal agent.

The Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/19RD36E ) that John Maia was ordered Tuesday to a year of probation and home confinement.

The 74-year-old Maia faced up to six months in prison when he appeared in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in March to lying to IRS agents who were investigating a Woodbury tax preparer in 2010.

Maia said he feels “very extremely humble” and apologized. He said he should have known better.

Maia pleaded guilty to a felony charge of providing a false statement to a federal agent. He was ordered to remain confined to his home for three months, but can leave for work, church and other approved activities.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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