Norwich utilities pledge to cooperate with federal inquiry

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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Officials with Norwich Public Utilities and the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative have confirmed that the federal government has formally requested unspecified information from the two entities.

The inquiry comes on the heels of revelations that the CMEEC funded lavish annual trips to the Kentucky Derby for board members, municipal officials and other guests.

It’s unclear whether the contact from federal authorities is directly related to the trips.

A written statement from NPU spokesman Chris Riley confirmed that the FBI visited the utility’s offices on Oct. 28. Riley said NPU has pledged its full cooperation.

An attorney representing the CMEEC says the organization is responding to a governmental inquiry.

Norwich City Manager John Salomone says the city is cooperating.

FBI officials declined to comment.