Billboards newest tool to root out corruption in Connecticut

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are turning to billboards to root out corruption in Connecticut.

Billboards promoting the work of the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force have popped up outside Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury. Mayors in those three cities have been convicted over the past decade or more on corruption and other charges, though convictions against Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez were overturned and the case is now before the state Supreme Court.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that a billboard also was posted in Meriden where the task force has its offices.

“Report corruption now!” reads a billboard visible to motorists approaching Bridgeport from Interstate 95. It encourages tipsters to reach out to the task force by phone or online.

FBI spokeswoman Marybeth Miklos says the billboards were provided at no cost as a public service.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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