Less than a week after Mayor Eddie A. Perez was convicted of five felony corruption charges, a former city contract compliance supervisor tied in with the probe received a special form of probation that, if successfully completed, would result in the erasure of his charges.
Judge Julia Dewey granted Edward Lazu accelerated rehabilitation today. Lazu was charged with bribe receiving, second-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. He was ordered to serve 6 months' probation.
Lazu was accused of trading favorable treatment of city contractor Carlos Costa in exchange for a new driveway at his Hartford home. He said he paid Costa $1,100 in cash for work that Costa's company, USA Contractors, did removing nearly 40 feet of sidewalk and putting down part of a stone driveway, according to court documents. But Costa testified that the job was worth at least $5,000, and that Lazu never paid him.
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