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Two Branford Women Convicted In Gifting Tables Tax Cases

by marcia chambers | Feb 17, 2015 11:17 am | Comments (1)

The so-called gifting tables recently produced two more gifts for the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Haven, this time involving two women who live in Branford.  They are the latest women to be convicted for failing to pay taxes on the bounty they received in what was actually an illegal pyramid scheme.

Unlike the major players in the gifting table fraud, these women are not charged with fraud. Both pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, and one was sentenced last week to probation.   

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Ullmann Steps In

by marcia chambers | Feb 5, 2015 7:00 am | Comments (1)

Melissa Bailey File Photo

In a bombshell development in the Dr. Lishan Wang murder case, the head of New Haven’s public defender’s office, Thomas J. Ullman, asked a judge to revoke Wang’s status to represent himself at trial—and to substitute Ullmann as his attorney.

Dr. Wang appealed to the judge to turn down the request.

At the outset of a hearing Wednesday morning at the Church Street courthouse, Superior Court Judge Thomas V. O’Keefe, Jr. told Dr. Wang that Ullmann (pictured) had filed a motion “to remove you as your own attorney and to substitute the public defender’s office.” The judge also said he will rule on whether Ullman has standing to make the motion in the first place. 

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Yale Asks Judge To Quash Wang Subpoena

by marcia chambers | Jan 4, 2015 9:47 am

A Yale University attorney Friday asked a Superior Court judge to quash Dr. Lishan Wang’s subpoena seeking the personnel records of Dr. Vanjinder Toor, the man Dr. Wang is accused of gunning down outside his Branford condo in 2010.

Dr. Toor was a post-doctoral fellow at the Yale School of Medicine, skilled in the area of infectious diseases, when he was killed. He was 34. Now Dr. Wang seeks Dr. Toor’s personnel records along with all disciplinary and human resources records connected to his education and to his Yale employment. He also seeks to review Dr. Toor’s evaluations, recommendations and applications for jobs, licenses and training.   

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This Video Shows Why Cops Welcome Body Cams

by marcia chambers | Dec 15, 2014 1:54 pm | Comments (3)

While the nation debates whether to outfit cops with body cameras, Branford’s officers are already walking the walk—and praising the results.

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The Media Wins One

by Thomas B. Scheffey, Connecticut Law Tribune | Dec 3, 2014 3:03 pm

Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini has vacated an order forbidding The Connecticut Law Tribune from publishing a story about a child custody case.

Daniel Klau, the Hartford lawyer who has been representing the Law Tribune, said the judge issued “a nine-page order, explaining why he vacated his injunction.” The entire order, like the other rulings in this matter, remain under seal, and Klau has been ordered not disclose them to his client.

“The judge also declined to stay his order to vacate,” said Klau, “which means the future appellate review of the matter is unknown.”

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Town Settles Islamic School Tax Case

by marcia chambers | Nov 24, 2014 12:38 pm | Comments (4)

File Photo Tariq and Kamran Farid, owners of Edible Arrangements International, have reached a settlement with the town regarding the back taxes the town says they owe on their now abandoned Islamic Academy school property.

The school, ordered closed by the town earlier this year because it was deemed structurally unsafe for human use, lies vacant. It is located at the site of the former Pine Brook/Wightwood Elementary School at 56 Stony Creek Road and is currently for sale.

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Consideration Of Proposed Cooke Settlement Delayed

by marcia chambers | Oct 8, 2014 12:22 pm | Comments (1)

Diane Stricker PhotoA proposed town settlement of two lawsuits filed by landowner Wayne Cooke (pictured) against former Branford First Selectman Unk DaRos and Assesor Barbara Neal was abruptly pulled from the Board of Finance agenda Monday evening. 

The six-member Board of Finance (BOF) expected to discuss in executive session “a proposed settlement in the Cooke v. DaRos lawsuit.” By law legal issues, such as settlements, take place in executive session. The results are announced publicly.

The item had been fast-tracked and was to be heard at a special BOF meeting. However, Joseph Mooney, the BOF chair, told the board the discussion on the settlement had been deferred at the request of William Aniskovich, the town attorney. Mooney said the postponement was necessary because the paperwork regarding the cases was not complete. 

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Farid Brothers Seek Town Taxpayer Info

by marcia chambers | Aug 14, 2014 6:29 am

File Photo A New Britain tax judge has granted the town additional time to produce and review extensive amounts of material sought by Tariq and Kamran Farid, owners of Edible Arrangements International, in connection with their Branford Islamic Academy tax case.

In seeking a 30-day delay, Carolyn W. Kone, the town attorney handling the case, cited the Farids’ request to produce information about every property in Branford that received a full or partial tax exemption over the past five years.

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Mom Who Led BHS Band Campaign Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

by marcia chambers | Aug 7, 2014 7:01 am | Comments (9)

A Branford mother, who was the driving force behind a movement to restore the Branford High School band and orchestra, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to one year and one day in prison for committing bank fraud as part of a mortgage refinancing scheme that she ran out of her home.

Jacqueline Polverari, who four years ago launched a campaign to change the high school musical program, was sentenced to prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven. The judge also sentenced Polverari to three years of supervised release for arranging a series of fraudulent mortgage loan refinancing transactions that led to $1.8 million in losses. 

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Thimble “Island Lady” Accuses Ex-Hub’s Company Of Fraud & Theft

by marcia chambers | Aug 6, 2014 2:37 pm | Comments (3)

Mary Johnson Photo An angry legal battle has erupted between Stony Creek “Island Lady” Christine Svenningsen and her ex-husband over fraud, theft, inflated landscaping bills, work not performed and even holding boats and automobiles hostage.

A litany of charges and soon-to-be counter charges between the recently divorced couple came steaming up from the pages of a 41-page complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y.

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