HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) _ A former Hartford Police Detective pleaded guilty in federal court in Hartford Monday to embezzling money from gun permit fees.
Tishay Johnson, 40, of Windsor, pleaded to to one count theft from a local government receiving federal funds.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Hartford residents seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon are required to submit an application to the City of Hartford through the Hartford Police Department.
The application includes a municipal application processing fee of $70 to Hartford and a background check fee of $66.50 to the State of Connecticut.
Johnson administered the Hartford Police Department’s concealed weapons permit program and was responsible for processing citizens’ applications, collecting the application fees and depositing the fees into the appropriate city or state accounts.
Between October 2009 and January 2014, he embezzled nearly $30,000 that had been paid in connection with permit applications by altering checks and money orders to make it appear that the checks and money orders were payable to him.
He also forged signatures on checks to make it appear that the intended payee had endorsed the check over to him. He then deposited the funds into a personal checking account.
Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 4, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Johnson also has agreed to make restitution of $17,442.50 to the City of Hartford and $11,984.25 to the State of Connecticut. He is released on a $150,000 bond pending sentencing.
He resigned from the Hartford Police Department in January 2014.