Ex-cop accused of overtime theft seeks probation
BRIDGEPORT - A former supervisor in the Police Department’s Detective Bureau, accused of stealing thousands of dollars in overtime, has applied for a pre-trial probation program.
Stephen Shuck, 64, a 34-year-old veteran and lieutenant in the Bridgeport Police Department, who was charged earlier this year first-degree larceny, stood before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin Friday morning and asked to be considered for accelerated rehabilitation.
Under accelerated rehabilitation, a program for nonviolent offenders, Shuck would not plead guilty to the charge against him but would be placed on up to two years’ probation. If he commits no other crimes during that probation the charge against him would be dismissed.
The judge set a hearing for the application for Oct. 12.
Shuck and his lawyer, John R. Gulash, declined comment as they left the Fairfield County Courthouse.
Shuck was fired by Police Chief Armando Perez in April.
“He (Shuck) has a well-established pattern, over a period of more than eight months, of working only a small portion of the time in which he is being paid for, often working just minutes a day, and this equates to well over a $2,000 loss to the city of Bridgeport,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Shuck earned $128,972 including $23,737 in overtime in 2017. While police concentrated their investigation on an 8-month period police sources said they believe Shuck was collecting not only his regular pay but overtime for working when he was actually home.
On Jan. 22, Police Chief Armando Perez ordered an investigation of Shuck based on accusations by co-workers of Shuck in the detective bureau where Shuck served as a supervisor. The chief authorized the use of GPS tracking device on Shuck’s car. Investigators were immediately able to corroborate the accusations -that day Shuck’s take-home police car was spotted sitting in his driveway from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. when he was supposed to be at work, the affidavit states.
The investigation found 11 subsequent incidents in which Shuck was home when he was supposed to be at work.