Former Bridgeport Mayor David Smith stepped down from his office and was arraigned on four charges, including theft in office, yesterday.
He faces one count of tampering with records, two counts of conflict of interest and one count of theft in office.
Smith faces up to 7 years in prison. If convicted, he would also have to pay full restitution and would never be able to serve in public office again.
According to the indictment, the state auditor’s office believes Smith stole more than $20,000 for personal gain.
The defense spoke of Smith’s military background – plus the fact that these charges are non-violent crimes — and asked for a recognizance bond.
Judge John Vavra ordered Smith to report to the jail at 9 a.m. this morning unless he posts a $10,000 bond.