Ex-aide to New Haven mayor speaks out amid criminal charges

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Embattled former New Haven city worker Bianca Bowles is breaking her silence only to News 8 through her attorney, Steve Jacobs.

“Bianca Bowles is a scapegoat,” he told News 8’s Mario Boone in an exclusive interview.  “She’s being thrown under the bus.”

Bowles used to be a top aide to Mayor Toni Harp before we told you in August she was fired after an audit found she allegedly charged more than $13,000 in personal expenses to a city credit card.  To that Boone pressed her lawyer, “Did she break the law by using this card for her own personal use?”

“What we’re talking about is a couple meals at the Athenian Diner,” Jacobs said.

In fact, arrest warrants say between May 16 through Aug. 21 Bowles made 35 unauthorized purchases at the New Haven Village Suites on the city credit card.  She was hit with three criminal charges, including larceny, illegal use of a credit card and identity theft.  And while she admits buying meals with the card, Jacobs contends, “It was a widespread practice.”

Bowles disputes racking up thousands in charges at the New Haven Village Suites, where she says she only used the card to reserve, not purchase a room.  Her attorney maintains the hotel billed the city’s card in error instead of her own personal debit card.

“Bianca has been targeted,” he explained.  “The city would like to deflect its own problems onto Bianca.  The problem is a lot bigger than Bianca Bowles,” Jacobs said.

We’ve learned the investigators looking into this matter are also bigger than city police.  In fact, we broke the story a week ago of the FBI wanting to interview Bowles as part of a possible larger probe of city hall.  

“The report that the FBI is interested in this story is not embellished, it’s not made up, it’s accurate,” Jacobs concluded.

So far Bowles has not talked to agents from the FBI.  But that could change soon, according to Jacobs.  “She has a story to tell and she intends to tell it; and at some point it may be worthwhile telling the FBI.  After all she was privy to a lot things at the city of New Haven,” said Jacobs.

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