BRIDGEPORT - The head of the city Fire Department’s minority organization has been charged with embezzling more than $15,000 from the organization.
Capt. Darrien L. Penix, 43, was charged with second-degree larceny. He was released after posting $50,000 bond.
“We are disappointed to hear of these allegations and will take any further appropriate actions if these charges are found to be true,” said Fire Chief Richard Thode. “While we await the outcome of an investigation being conducted by the Fire Department’s executive officer, Captain Darrien Penix has been placed on Administrative Leave with pay, per union contract.”
Penix is head of the Bridgeport Firebird Society.
According to Police Det. Frank Podpolucha, Penix embezzled $15,230 by using the society's credit card and checking account for his personal use.
After being notified that he was under investigation, Podpolucha said Penix paid back everything but $600.
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