Connecticut state Representative Michael DiMassa arrested for misusing federal COVID-19 relief funds

October 25, 2021

HARTFORD, Connecticut –

Connecticut state Rep. Michael DiMassa has resigned from the legislature after having been charged last week with misusing federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The West Haven Democrat submitted a short resignation letter, dated Oct. 21, that was received Monday by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Merrill’s office said.

“Dear Secretary Merrill: It is with deep regret that I hereby resign from the Office of State Representative of the 116th General Assembly District effective immediately. Regards, Michael A. DiMassa.”

DiMassa did not return a phone message seeking comment Monday. DiMassa’s lawyer, John Gulash Jr., declined to comment Monday on the charges and his client’s resignation from the legislature.

DiMassa, who also resigned last week as an aide to the West Haven City Council, was arrested by FBI agents on Oct. 20 and charged with wire fraud. Federal authorities said he created a company that received more than $600,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds for services that were never provided. He was later released on a $250,000 bond.

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