Ex-Fairfield DPW head faces new larceny charges

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The former Fairfield superintendent of the Department of Public Works is accused of mishandling funds from the bank account of a mentally challenged person that he had conservatorship over, police say.

Scott Bartlett is charged with multiple counts of larceny and turned himself in to police. He was released on a $35,000 bond.

Police say after an extensive investigation by the Fairfield Police Department Detective Division, an arrest warrant was obtained for Bartlett.

They say Bartlett illegally used and misappropriated funds from the bank account of a mentally challenged individual whom he had conservatorship over.

Investigators say they were able to show probable cause that Bartlett misused this account by co-mingling funds and making illegal withdrawals for his own personal use.

Bartlett, former Department of Public Works director Joe Michelangelo, and Julian Enterprises Co-owner Jason Julian were arrested back in August 2019.

Bartlett and Michelangelo are accused of accepting kickbacks to allow Julian to dump truckloads of illegal contaminants like lead and PCBs at the DPW fill pile that Julian was hired to manage.

That led to the testing and remediation of a number of parks and fields in town.

Bartlett and Michelangelo were both fired by former first selectman Mike Tetreau following their arrests.

Just last week Fairfield's former Chief Financial Officer Bob Mayer was arrested after police say he stole documents pertaining to the fill pile investigation a day after current first selectwoman Kupchick terminated him.

Kupchick released a statement saying, “I appreciate the efforts of law enforcement to bring to justice those who have violated the public trust and health and safety and welfare of our community”

All of these cases are being prosecuted by the Chief State's Attorneys Office.

Bartlett will appear in court for the new charges on February 10.

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