CSAO: Bloomfield Woman Ordered to Repay Stolen Campaign Funds

Bloomfield Woman Ordered to Repay Stolen Campaign Funds

A Bloomfield woman was ordered today to repay the state more than $3,800 in public funds she stole while serving as treasurer for the re-election campaign of a Hartford legislator.

TANZANIA COOPER, age 43, of 155 Terry Plains Road, Bloomfield, pled guilty in Hartford Superior Court to one count of Larceny in the Second Degree. She entered the plea under the Alford doctrine through which a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes that a conviction would likely result if the case went to trial.

An investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) found that between July 2010 and July 2012 Cooper misappropriated $3,854 while serving as campaign treasurer for a Hartford state representative, who had no knowledge of her actions.

The investigation found that she had made19 debit card withdrawals that were listed on campaign bank statements but not reported to the SEEC. The money had been provided to the campaign from the state fund that provides public funding for legislative and other campaigns for state elective offices.

Cooper was sentenced to two years in prison, execution suspended, and two years’ probation during which she must make full restitution of $3,854.07 to the campaign fund and perform 80 hours of community service.

The case was prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office in coordination with the SEEC.

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