Former state high sheriff Charles Valentino charged with impersonation, forgery

Update: Valentino pleaded guilty to three of the 39 counts in December. You can read more about that story here

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)–Former state high sheriff and Bridgeport Republican Chair Charles Valentino turned himself in to authorities early Monday morning, charged with forgery and criminal impersonation.

Most of the charges stem from an agreement Valentino had with city tax officials to collect cash from car owners that hadn’t paid their taxes.

According to court records, the City of Bridgeport’s tax office provided a list of car owners delinquent on vehicle tax to three towing companies. There was no competitive bidding process to become an “official towing vendor” and three companies had “exclusive towing rights” in the City of Bridgeport, according to the warrant: City Line, Mustang LLC and Mid Town Towing.

The complaint continues that after a car had been towed and the storage fees were greater than the value of the car, the car would be auctioned off.

Mustang LLC owner Robert Parisi held an auction in which Valentino was as a Marshal, despite Valentino resigning a year prior. He was allegedly paid $25 and 15 percent of the value of the car for 18 cars that were sold.

Parisi did not return a request for comment and was not at the Stratford shop on Monday afternoon.

The court say that Valentino admitted using his cousin Agnes Valentino’s notary stamp at auctions at Mustang LLC.

Valentino is held on $750,000 bond and will appear in court on June 30 next.

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