- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former lawyer for state Senate Republicans in Connecticut has been charged with stealing more than $250,000 from a political action committee he oversaw as treasurer.

State law enforcement announced that 56-year-old Michael Cronin was arrested Wednesday on a charge of first-degree larceny.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the West Hartford attorney took approximately $267,800 from the Senate Republican Leadership Committee PAC from 2012 until 2018 and used the money for personal expenses. Cronin was the PAC’s treasurer from 2007 until 2018.

Cronin was fired in December as counsel for the Senate Republican Office following the discovery of the irregularities with the PAC funds.

Cronin is free on $50,000 bond pending a Feb. 22 court appearance.

Neither of his lawyers responded to calls for comment.

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