The charge leveled against Bernardo is tied to Michael DiMassa, a former state lawmaker and assistant to the West Haven City Council.
The state’s Municipal Accountability Review Board will have more power to control West Haven’s budgets, its purchasing department and more.
The Municipal Accountability Review Board voted to tighten its grip over West Haven’s spending even as the city’s leaders objected.
Officials are considering a takeover of West Haven’s finances after an audit found the city misspent federal pandemic relief funding.
State officials overseeing West Haven’s finances are now questioning whether they should increase their oversight.
Former state Rep. Michael DiMassa’s wife was one of two people arrested Friday as part of a widening investigation into corruption.
West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi said payments of more than $182,000 to two women — one of whom Michael DiMassa married — are ‘fraud’
Officials are preparing to audit how Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities spent roughly $60 million in federal COVID relief funding.
West Haven officials spent COVID relief funds on a marching band for the city’s Memorial Day parade documents show.
Auditors are to review overtime-related pay that went to several West Haven officials as part of an ongoing investigation.
DiMassa’s resignation comes less than a week after he was indicted for allegedly stealing federal relief money.
Documents show how Michael DiMassa, a state lawmaker, allegedly funneled over $636,000 to an alleged shell company he created.
The mayor said an audit identified problems with how the municipality managed $1.2 million it received through the CARES Act.