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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

July 1, 2003


The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced that JOSEPH P. GANIM, age 43, of 45 Sailors Lane in Bridgeport, was sentenced to nine years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $150,000 fine for his conviction on corruption charges. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Janet B. Arterton in New Haven.

The former five-term Mayor of the City of Bridgeport was convicted in March after a two-month jury trial of 16 counts of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, extortion, mail fraud, bribery, conspiracy, and filing false income tax returns.

GANIM was convicted of corruptly soliciting and receiving more than $500,000 in benefits, including cash, meals, entertainment, merchandise, home improvements and professional services from Paul J. Pinto, the vice president of the Kasper Group, a Bridgeport-based architecture and engineering firm, Leonard J. Grimaldi, the president of Harbor Communications, a public relations firm based in Redding, Connecticut, and Alfred Lenoci Sr., and Alfred Lenoci Jr., the president and vice president, respectively, of United Properties, a Bridgeport, Connecticut, real estate development firm, in exchange for steering lucrative city contracts to the Kasper Group, Harbor Communications and United Properties.

Among other things, GANIM was convicted of extortion in connection with his selection
in 1996 of the Professional Services Group ("PSG") to operate the city's waste water treatment facilities. GANIM conditioned his selection of PSG, a client of Mr. Grimaldi's, upon the company's payment of $350,000 to Mr. Grimaldi and Mr. Pinto. GANIM was also convicted of bribery in connection with his awarding in 1999 of an 18- year extension of PSG's contract with the city. In return, GANIM received a kickback from Grimaldi in the amount of approximately $150,000 - one third of the consulting fee that Grimaldi was paid by PSG. In addition, GANIM was convicted of conspiring with Pinto and the Lenocis to accept $1 for every square foot of commercial space built by United Properties in Bridgeport in return for GANIM's support for and approval of those projects. GANIM was also convicted of fraudulently concealing his use of hundreds of thousands of dollars of municipal funds to purchase a $1 million life insurance policy for himself.

Paul J. Pinto, Leonard J. Grimaldi and eight other defendants previously pleaded guilty to racketeering, bribery and tax fraud. They are scheduled to be sentenced this month.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigation, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Defense Contract Audit Agency. The case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Ronald S. Apter and Assistant United States Attorney Michael R. Sklaire.




Delcie Thibault
Public Information Office
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