March 19, 2018

Ex-Enfield development official pleads guilty to fraud

The former head of Enfield's economic development agency pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling more than $95,000 in federal funds, federal prosecutors said.

Darrin LaMore, 47, of Enfield, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and theft from a program receiving federal funds while serving as the executive director of the Enfield Community Development Corp., or ECDC. The offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

As part of his guilty plea, LaMore agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation, federal prosecutors said.

According to investigators, from June 2012 to Oct. 2015 LaMore conspired with a town employee to falsify invoices and divert funds meant to redevelop Enfield's Thompsonville neighborhood, and then apply them to LaMore's salary. Through the scheme, LaMore stole more than $95,000 from the ECDC, they said.

LaMore was arrested on a criminal complaint on Feb. 16 and was free on $25,000 bond pending sentencing, which is not scheduled.

Investigators said the ongoing investigation is being overseen by the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force, which includes the FBI, Enfield police and members from the IRS. The probe also includes oversight from the Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Postal Service.

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