11 Officers Disciplined for Receiving Free Alarm Services
NEW CANAAN, Conn.
Eleven police officers in New Canaan, Conn., have been disciplined for receiving free services from a local alarm company that had been the target of an embezzlement the department investigated last year, according to a newspaper report.
Five New Canaan police officers were suspended, and six were given written reprimands, Newsday reported.
None of the 11 officers played any role in the investigation of a $675,000 embezzlement from the New Canaan Alarm Co., New Canaan Police Chief Chief Edward Nadriczny told the newspaper. However, the service deals “created an appearance of impropriety,” he said.
The woman convicted of the thefts, Lisa Odierno, 40, of Norwalk, had sent an anonymous letter to the department in July outlining the deals the officers received.
Odierno’s relatives claimed police may have overlooked a company executive’s involvement in the theft because so many officers received free services, the newspaper reported.
But Nadriczny said the department’s internal investigation proved the Odierno case was not tainted, because none of the detectives involved had deals with the company.
The alarm company’s owner, Paul Chludzinski, offered to monitor the officers’ alarm systems for free after installing them, the chief told the newspaper.
Odierno is serving a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree larceny, according to the newspaper.
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