Former Harp aide charged in credit card scheme settles lawsuit

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A former aide to New Haven Mayor Toni Harp has settled her lawsuit against the city.  Bianca Bowles, who was fired for misuse of a city credit card, agreed to the settlement, which includes a nondisclosure agreement.

News 8′s Mario Boone broke this story late Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter.  As part of the deal the city won’t go after Bowles for the more than $11,000 she allegedly billed to a city credit card fraudulently.  The city also agreed to reverse her firing, changing her personnel file to reflect she resigned instead.  But she won’t receive a financial payout in the settlement.

Speaking exclusively to News 8, her lawyer, Steve Jacobs, said the confidentiality clause prevented him from disclosing many of the details.  I can only tell you, Mario, that the case was resolved to Bianca’s satisfaction, Jacobs said.  News 8 did independently obtain the 8-page document spelling out the settlement.

Bowles still faces criminal charges in connection to alleged misuse of the city credit card.

Web Extra: Settlement Agreement and General Release form

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