Friday, January 9, 2015

New Haven excessive force lawsuit settled for $130K

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
NEW HAVEN >> The city has settled a lawsuit filed by a Berlin man who was injured during a 2012 encounter with a city police officer for $130,000.
Timur Andiric sued Officer Josh Kyle in U.S. District Court, claiming he was subjected to unreasonable force and falsely accused of interfering with a police officer.
Andiric, a pilot, said he suffered a head wound requiring eight stitches and a broken nose after police slammed him to the ground and used a Taser on him, because he left a New Haven bar with a beer in his hand.
“It is a very large settlement amount for a police brutality case,” said Andiric’s attorney, John Williams of New Haven. “It was unconscionable misconduct. The settlement amount takes into consideration my client’s physical injuries and lost wages.”

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Convicted Madison art dealer re-arrested after sales on eBay

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
An art dealer convicted of mail fraud for selling fraudulent artwork was re-arrested Wednesday and charged with violating the conditions of his release for allegedly continuing to sell misrepresented art — this time on eBay.
Following his latest arrest, David Crespo, 59, of Guilford, appeared before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Janet C. Hall Wednesday. Hall remanded Crespo into custody pending his sentencing, now scheduled for Jan. 16.
Hall told Crespo he is accused of engaging in mail and wire fraud within the last few days, by offering art for sale on eBay that is not what it is said to be in the listing descriptions.
“Under the conditions of your release, you shouldn’t commit another crime,” Hall said. “I have evidence in front of me of the fraudulent sale of artwork that is not what it purports to be.”

Read more of this Dec. 31 story here

Read the New Haven Register's prior coverage, regarding Crespo's eBay sales and the FBI inquiry here.

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