A Connecticut state official is on administrative leave following allegations that he may have impersonated another state official. The accusations stem from an email that was sent to a newspaper in Dec. 2013. The email ultimately prompted an investigation that led to an arrest of one man who now faces criminal charges for impersonating another state official.
Police believe that an official with the Department of Transportation was actually the one responsible for sending the email that claimed to be from another individual to the newspaper. The identity of the official who was supposedly impersonated has yet to be revealed. The individual who claims to have been impersonated reported the incident to the authorities.
At some point, the newspaper and its executive editor showed the email to a Malloy administration official who at first claimed that the email did not mean anything. The newspaper dropped it, but later on the official who was impersonated apparently filed a complaint with state authorities. The authorities have not said why they suspect the DOT official or why they believe he may have sent the email in the first place. The contents of the email are also unclear.
Impersonating a Connecticut state official can have serious consequences if convicted. However, being placed on administrative leave during the investigation is not an indication of guilt. As his court date approaches, it is imperative that this man protect his rights as he is innocent until proven otherwise. Ultimately, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, who must prove that all aspects of his criminal charges are true.
Source: CBS Connecticut, "DOT Engineer Charged With Impersonating A State Official", , July 24, 2014