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Imprisoned Redding Official Could Lose Pension

Former Redding Highway Superintendent Bruce Sanford and First Selectman Natalie Ketcham.
Former Redding Highway Superintendent Bruce Sanford and First Selectman Natalie Ketcham. Photo Credit: Reddingrepublicans.org

REDDING, Conn. – Convicted former Redding Highway Superintendent Bruce Sanford could lose part or all of his pension if state Attorney General George Jepsen has his way.

Jepsen filed a complaint Monday in Hartford Superior Court seeking to revoke or reduce the pension of Sanford, who was convicted of larceny last month.

First Selectman Natalie Ketcham said the town wouldn't save money if Sanford's pension were revoked. "The retirement fund is a state pension, not a town pension, so the town won't save any money," she said. "The funds will stay in the state municipal retirement fund."

Sanford pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny and was sentenced Jan. 17 for embezzling public funds for repairs and parts for his antique truck and lawn mower. He also sold motor vehicles owned by the town and kept the proceeds.

“Theft from a municipality or the state is a serious violation of the public trust,” Jepsen said. “Taxpayers should not be responsible for the pension of someone who is found or pleads guilty to stealing public funds.”

Ketcham declined additional comment on Sanford’s crimes. “Justice has been served and will be addressed following conviction of a public crime. It’s part of the judicial process," she said.