Ex-state official gets prison time in towing scheme

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former state marshal and one-time high sheriff of Fairfield County has been sentenced to spend a year in prison for his role on a scheme to make money off cars that were seized from delinquent Bridgeport taxpayers.

The Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/1UNxcsV ) reports that Charles Valentino was also sentenced to probation on Friday.

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The 68-year-old Valentino had previously agreed to plead guilty to three of 39 charges of second-degree forgery and criminal impersonation.

The judge said in one case, a woman who owed $500 in back taxes had her car towed, and the only ones who made money were Valentino and the towing company.

Prosecutors say Valentino forged legal documents and continued presenting himself as a marshal even he had been forced to resign for alleged perjury.

He apologized in court.

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