Former Head of Enfield Community Development Corp Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Steal Government Funds
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DARRIN LAMORE, 47, of Enfield, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to a conspiracy offense related to his theft of government funds.
According to court documents and statements made in court, LAMORE was the executive director of the Enfield Community Development Corporation (“ECDC”), a non-profit corporation that oversees economic development projects in Enfield, primarily in the Thompsonville section of the town. The ECDC is supported with federal funds administered by the State of Connecticut. From June 2012 to October 2015, LAMORE conspired with an employee of the Town of Enfield to take funds intended for economic development in Enfield and apply them to LAMORE’s salary. To hide their fraudulent activity and to maintain funding for the ECDC, the conspirators repeatedly falsified the books and records of the ECDC.
Through this scheme, LAMORE stole more than $95,000 from the ECDC.
LAMORE pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and theft from a program receiving federal funds, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.
As part of his guilty plea, LAMORE has agreed to cooperate with this ongoing investigation.
LAMORE was arrested on a criminal complaint on February 16, 2018. He is released on a $25,000 bond pending sentencing, which is not scheduled. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford.
This investigation is being conducted by the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force, notably the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Enfield Police Department. The Task Force also includes members from the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Brennan.
Citizens are encouraged to report corruption to the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force by calling 203-238-0505.