Bridgeport juvenile officer charged with fraud

HARTFORD — A state juvenile detention officer who went out on worker’s compensation after claiming he received harm restraining a detainee at the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention core has been arrested after authorities spoke of he was discovered allegedly coaching a early life football group.

Gregory Brunson, 35, of East Haven, turned into charged Friday with one count number of first-degree larceny with the aid of defrauding a public neighborhood.

He was released after posting $10,000 bond pending arraignment in sophisticated court docket right here on Dec. 29.

State Judicial department Spokeswoman Rhonda Stearly-Hebert talked about Brunson may be placed on administrative depart with pay positive immediately pending the effect of an administrative investigation.

according to an arrest warrant affidavit, in August 2019, Brunson, a juvenile detention officer assigned to the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention middle, claimed he injured his returned throughout his tasks when making an attempt to restrain a detainee. He changed into examined by way of a doctor and turned into positioned on temporary total disability — which means he became considered to have zero work potential and could no longer earn any backyard wages with out reporting it, the affidavit states.

From Aug. 24, 2019, to Dec. 29, 2019, Brunson bought $12,459.25 in merits and $1,284.31 in medical charges.

while receiving benefits throughout that point frame, Brunson didn’t expose he had been teaching a local formative years soccer group that traveled to Florida and entered a playoff, the affidavit states.

The affidavit continues that Brunson become accompanied on distinctive occasions both in Connecticut and Florida undertaking physical actions that couldn’t be carried out beneath his benefits popularity.

The case is being prosecuted by the staff’ Compensation Fraud control Bureau of the office of the executive State’s lawyer in Rocky Hill.