A trial is beginning today in U.S. district court in New Haven for a former Middlebury fire chief charged with embezzling more than $70,000 from the department.
Paul Perrotti is accused of using department operating accounts to pay for personal expenses and for expenses associated with his private electrical contracting business, Paul Perrotti Electric, LLC. He was arrested in November.
Prosecutors say Perrotti also submitted invoices to the town for expenses incurred by his business and used a fire department debit card to make purchases for business-related items.
Perrotti has maintained he is innocent.
Perrotti had been chief of the volunteer department beginning in 1997.