Plymouth ex-official sentenced to prison for embezzlement

David Bertnagel

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former finance director for the town of Plymouth has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for embezzling more than $800,000.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old David Bertnagel used the money for mortgage payments, home improvements and more than $100,000 in coins, stamps and other collectibles.

He was sentenced Friday in federal court in Bridgeport. In addition to the prison term, he was ordered by Judge Jeffrey Meyer to pay restitution and perform 1,500 hours of community service.

Bertnagel worked for the town’s finance department for more than six years before he lost his job in November. He was arrested in January and pleaded guilty in February to theft from a local government receiving federal funds and filing a false tax return.
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