Ex-finance arch Colley faces new charges

  • Brookfields former propagandize financial executive Art Colley, right, appears in Superior Court in Danbury, Conn., Wednesday morning, Mar 25, 2015, alongside his attorney, Eugene Riccio. Colley was charged with 4 depends of robbery Thursday for his purpose in hidden thousands of dollars from a propagandize district. Photo: Carol Kaliff / Carol Kaliff / The News-Times

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Brookfield’s former propagandize financial executive Art Colley, right, appears in Superior Court in Danbury, Conn., Wednesday morning, Mar 25, 2015, alongside his attorney, Eugene Riccio. Colley was charged with 4 depends of robbery Thursday for his purpose in hidden thousands of dollars from a propagandize district.


Photo: Carol Kaliff / Carol Kaliff


BROOKFIELD — Former schools financial arch Art Colley faces new larceny, swindling and forgery charges after military investigators resolved that he stole some-more than $53,000 from propagandize funds.

Colley, 58, of ,Danbury, incited himself into military Thursday morning and was expelled on $30,000 bond, military said.

Colley’s new charges embody 3 depends of robbery in a initial degree: defrauding a open community; one count of swindling to dedicate larceny; and dual depends of second-degree forgery.

Each of a 4 robbery charges is punishable by a limit of 20 years in jail and any forgery assign has a miximum of 5 years in prison.

Previously Colley was charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree forgery for receiving remuneration for iPads that were never purchased.

Colley’s detain was a second of a former propagandize worker in as many days.

Elizabeth Kerekes, Colley‘s former assistant, is indicted of first-degree robbery and swindling to dedicate larceny.

The arrests finished a extensive military review into a pair, who worked together in a propagandize business office. The examine began after a debate review identified $124,000 in controversial spending.

Brookfield Police Maj. Jay Purcell pronounced military questioned Colley and Kerekes as partial of a months-long probe. Authorities also spoke with financial institutions, auditors and other agencies and executed several hunt warrants.

“It is a perfection of a lot of tough work,” Purcell said. “These things are always unfortunate. There is no good pleasure in any of this. It’s a unhappy conditions that can now start a routine of closure for all people involved.”

Purcell pronounced that Colley’s 3 new robbery charges are for apart categories of bootleg expenditures over a years.

He pronounced a initial count concerns $16,700 in charges for “personal enrichment,” including payments done to Colley’s daughter’s landlord. The second was for an unapproved $10,000 separation remuneration to a former employee. The third was for $26,000 in wasted supports by both Colley and Kerekes, he said.

Colley’s contention Eugene Riccio declined to criticism on a new charges and a call to Colley’s home was not immediately returned.

Colley, a district’s former financial chief, quiescent from his post in 2014 after auditors found a district had overspent a bill by $1.2 million over dual years. Kerekes quiescent in May.

Another misadventure of a spending disaster was ex-Superintendent Tony Bivona, who a propagandize house dismissed after anticipating him culpable during extensive open stop hearings for a unapproved spending .

Bivona recently sued a district seeking his aged pursuit behind as good as financial damages.

In a statement, new Superintendent Dr. John Barile pronounced he hopes his new administration can lapse a district’s concentration to educating students.

“Although these sold people are no longer operative in a district, and haven’t been for some time, we are elegant that authorities have brought this to a conclusion,” Barile said. “We are fervent to put final closure to this hapless chapter, that has expel a disastrous shade on a district.

“It’s critical to note that we have a totally new district care organisation in place. Our idea is to pierce brazen and to concentration on a brighter destiny for a propagandize community. We trust that a solitary reason for a existence of a contention is a student.”

First Selectman Bill Tinsley also pronounced he hopes a new arrests will finish what has been a daze to a district, even yet a extensive authorised routine is ahead.

“They are critical charges,” Tinsley said. “For me, as a organisation of metropolitan officials, we reasonably drew courtesy to a matter and now it’s in a hands of a rapist probity system.”

As a outcome of a audit, Tinsley pronounced a city and schools are tightening inner controls over financial decisions.

“Importantly, this unclosed some weaknesses we had in controls of a financial complement on a preparation side,“ Tinsley said. “There was a genuine miss of separation of duties when it came to financial approvals.”

awolff@newstimes.com; 203-731-3333; @awolffster

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