State Sen. Bradley, campaign treasurer plead not guilty to wire fraud charges
State Sen. Dennis Bradley, of Bridgeport, and his campaign treasurer turned themselves in to federal authorities Tuesday to face wire fraud charges.
Bradley's lawyer escorted him from the courthouse in New Haven after he pleaded not guilty on five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Court documents claim Bradley (D-Bridgeport) broke fundraising rules at a campaign announcement party that cost nearly $6,000 of his own money. Later, they say Bradley and his campaign treasurer Jessica Martinez took more than $175,000 in campaign funding from the State Elections Commission that their campaign wasn't entitled to.
The indictment says the claims originated in a civilian complaint filed June 29, 2018. Bridgeport City Councilwoman Maria Pereira says she filed that complaint. Pereira says when it comes to corruption in Bridgeport, enough is enough.
“You would think at some point a lightbulb would go off for municipal officials in Bridgeport and they would realize there are consequences with every poor decision we make,” she told News 12.
Bradley was released on $300,000 bond and Martinez on $250,000 bond.
President Pro Tempore of the Connecticut State Senate Martin Looney announced that Bradley would be removed from all of his committee assignments.
The State Elections Enforcement Commission says its investigation remains open. It says it has not recovered any of the $84,000 Bradley is accused of fraudulently obtaining. In addition to criminal fines, Bradley could also face fines from SEEC.
Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released a statement after Bradley was indicted:
“I am troubled to learn of the allegations in the indictment involving Senator Bradley. Those of us fortunate enough to be elected to the state Senate have a special obligation to make and uphold the law. The trust and faith that our constituents place in us must never be broken. Our court system will carefully weigh these allegations. In the meantime, it is incumbent upon Connecticut Democrats to take steps to rebuild the public’s trust.”