Former 2nd chance director gets suspended term
BRIDGEPORT - The former director of the mayor’s second chance initiative, who previously pleaded guilty to bank fraud and larceny charges, got another chance on Monday.
Louis Reed got a lambasting and was then sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to a suspended five-year term with three years’ probation.
“This is the most undeserved suspended sentence I’ve ever given out,” the judge added.
Reed, who previously claimed he got his $57,000 a year job with the city after meeting mayor - then inmate Joseph Ganim - on a prison bus, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree larceny.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Lockshier, noting that Reed has 26 previous criminal convictions, told the judge that the state probation office was recommending that Reed serve prison time.
Reed’s lawyer, Gary Mastronardi, said that as part of the plea deal his client agreed to make $15,000 in restitution.
“We are pleased with the result,” Mastronardi said.
Reed, was accused of presenting two checks to the state Department of Support Services in 2016 to prove that he had paid $10,000 in back child support to his girlfriend, according to police. Police said Reed had put a stop-payment on one of the checks and on the other he filed a complaint with Wells Fargo Bank claiming the check had been stolen and forged.
He received a $3,000 reimbursement on that check from the bank, police said.
Police said Reed later used a phony check to get more than $1,000 from the Wells Fargo Bank branch in Trumbull.
He was fired from his city job following his arrests.
Following his second arrest Reed put out a “public statement” on Facebook, claiming he is innocent of the charges and that a relative, who he wouldn’t name, took and cashed an unauthorized check to support his addiction.
However, Trumbull police have video of Reed sitting in his car outside the bank while the relative cashed the check, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The affidavit continues that when a teller called Reed to ask him about the check the relative was in the process of cashing, Reed apologized because he was in a meeting.
However, the teller could see Reed on the telephone in his car outside the bank as she was talking to him at the time, the affidavit states.
Reed previously served a 13-year federal prison sentence on a number of charges including shooting a 5-year-old boy.