Hartford Mayor Arrested on Bribery Charges

Eddie Perez traded $40K in home work for access to city contracts: prosecutors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2009 1:19 PM CST
Hartford, Conn., Mayor Eddie Perez leaves Connecticut State Police Troop H building today after turning himself in.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hartford's mayor turned himself in today on charges of having a city contractor do $40,000 in work at his home and paying for it only after being confronted by investigators. Eddie Perez, a native of Puerto Rico and the first Hispanic mayor in the city's history, admitted "a lapse in judgment" but said he did not commit a crime. He pledged to remain in office.

Perez, the Democratic mayor of Connecticut's capital city since 2001, was charged with receiving a bribe and falsifying evidence. The contractor, Carlos Costa, told investigators he thought he would be shut out of lucrative city contracts had he not done the work for free, prosecutors said today.