Update, Monday 10pm: Greenwich First Selectman issued a statement about Monday’s arrest of Michal Gordon.
In his statement, Peter Tesei said the Mr. Gordon, who was arrested on Monday morning for Larceny 2, Forgery 2, and False Entry by Officer or Agent, has been an account clerk for the Parking Services Dept since 2009.
The First Selectman said that Mr. Gordon has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal employee investigation by the Town’s human resources department.
The First Selectman went on to characterize the charges as a serious breach of trust.
The statement said that in early March, as part of a measured response to the circumstance, Mr. Tesei asked Police Chief Heavey to assign Captain Mark Kordick, who served as the town’s first Parking Services Director, to assist the current director, Ms. Rita Azrelyant, in conducting a review of the parking services department’s business practices.
According to the statement, that review continues, and will identify and validate parking service procedures and assess what could be modified ore revised to reflect best business practices.
Original story 6:00pm April 17: On Monday morning around 8:30am, Michael D Gordon, 48, of 131 Byram Rd in Greenwich was arrested at Town Hall and charged with Larceny 2, Forgery 2, and False Entry by Officer or Agent.
Greenwich Police arrested Mr. Gordon on a warrant stemming from an ongoing investigation that uncovered Gordon was diverting money from the Dept of Parking Services for personal profit.
Through an elaborate series of fraudulent transactions, Mr. Gordon allegedly misapplied credits for non-cash transactions to satisfy parking violation tickets paid in cash.
According to Greenwich Police, Mr. Gordon diverted the surplus cash to his criminal scheme, which was initially discovered by the Town of Greenwich Finance Dept who conducted an internal audit. The audit was triggered by after staff in the parking services department had suspicions of malfeasance.
Mr. Gordon was able to post $10,000 bond and was assigned a court date of April 24, 2017 in Stamford Superior Court.