Ganim's former chief of staff sentenced

(07/17/03) NEW HAVEN - Patrick Coyne, former Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim's one-time chief of staff, was sentenced to 3 months in prison Thursday for his role in the city's corruption scandal. He also must pay $10,000 in fines and do 250 hours of community service in Bridgeport.

Coyne pleaded guilty in June of 2001 to his involvement in a scheme in which Bridgeport was over billed for asbestos removal. The mayor had appointed Coyne to head up the city's "Clean and Green Program." The companies involved then kicked-back part of their fees to Paul Pinto, Ganim's former fundraiser.

Over four years, the judge said Coyne jolted the city out of approximately $300,000 and lined his pockets with about $10,000 in cash.

Coyne is expected to voluntarily surrender himself on August 29.

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