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Ex-mayor gets jail time for stealing from employer, brother

February 28, 2019

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut mayor has been sentenced to almost four years in prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from his former employer and stealing nearly $400,000 from his brother to pay back his employer.

Ex-Middletown Mayor Stephen Gionfriddo was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three years of probation and ordered to pay back more than $446,000, mostly to his brother.

The offenses occurred from 2013 until 2017, long after Gionfriddo’s brief six-month stint as mayor in 1993.

Prosecutors say the 68-year-old man stole the money while working as a paralegal at a Rocky Hill law firm by having checks made payable to Gionfriddo’s creditors by misrepresenting that the funds were needed to pay client expenses. He also intercepted checks and deposited them in his personal accounts.