State Rep. DiMassa resigns following fraud charge over COVID-19 relief money

State Rep. Michael DiMassa resigned today following a charge of wire fraud overCOVID-19 relief money in West Haven totaling over $600,000.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill received DeiMassa's letter of resignation today, she wrote in a public release.
DiMassa will resign effective immediately, she wrote.
In a letter, DiMassa wrote, "It is with deep regret that I hereby resign from the Office of State Representative of the 116th General Assembly District effective immediately."
Under state law, the governor has 10 days from when the 116th Districtseat becomes vacant to issue a writ of election for a special election.
That special election must be held on the 46th day after the issuance of the writ of election. Major party conventions must take place by 36 days before the special election.
DiMassa, of West Haven, is charged with one count of wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison.