Middlebury fire chief arrested

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Middlebury Fire Chief Paul Perotti was arrested by federal authorities Thursday morning.

Perotti has been charged with three counts of theft of federal funds. Each count carries up to ten years in prison. Perotti was arraigned in front of a federal court judge late Thursday morning.

If convicted, Perotti would serve out each sentence consecutively, which means he’d wind up getting a lot of jail time. The judge called these charges serious.

As Perotti stood with his attorney outside of the courthouse they said they’re going to beat this.

“These are just accusations and allegations. We’re going to fight this to the best of our ability ,” Perotti’s attorney, Martin Minnella said.

Perotti pleaded not guilty. He was released on a $250,000 bond. As part of the terms of his bail, he must handover all property of the fire department, he is to stay away from the fire department itself, and there are also some other stipulations.

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Perrotti has been the chief for 18 years. Middlebury fire officials have not announced yet who will take over leadership of the department.

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