Former Bridgeport police chief sentenced to one year, one day in prison for his part in hiring scandal


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Former Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez, 64, of Trumbull has been sentenced for his part in the hiring scandal.

U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said of the sentencing, “Former Chief Perez schemed to rig the search for a permanent police chief to ensure the position was awarded to him, and then he repeatedly lied to federal agents in order to conceal his conduct. Today’s sentence sends a strong message that public officials will be held accountable when they corruptly put their own self-interest above their duties to faithfully serve their citizens.”   

He pled guilty to the charges back in October 2020. Monday, Perez was sentenced to one year and one day in prison serving two terms concurrently.

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Monday Perez also received two years supervised release, was fined $7,500, and $299,407 in restitution.

He will surrender himself in about six weeks (around May 24, 2021) barring any health issues.

During Perez’s sentencing hearing Monday, the judge mentioned her consideration in his sentence for significant “neurocognitive changes” and getting treatment for it.

Tuesday, Perez’s partner in the hiring scandal, former personnel director for the City of Bridgeport, David Dunn, was sentenced to four months behind bars.

Dunn helped rig the hiring process for the city’s police chief in 2018. He pleaded guilty to defrauding the city and making false statements to FBI agents.

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