Mayor’s former second chance director gets second arrest

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BRIDEPORT – Louis Reed was clearly not expecting it.

The former director of the mayor’s second chance program was all smiles as he walked out of the arraignment courtroom at the Golden Hill Street courthouse Wednesday morning after getting a continuance in his case for an alleged fraudulent check scheme only to be met by two Trumbull police detectives.

As several young women relatives looked on horrified, the detectives handcuffed Reed and charged him with third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny and tampering with a witness. He was then led away to be booked at the Trumbull Police Department on a court-set $100,000 bond.

“We will review these new allegations and present our case to the court,” Reed’s lawyer, Frank Riccio II, said.

Reed was already under investigation for using a police-style badge to bypass security at the Golden Hill Street courthouse when he was charged by Bridgeport Police on Sept. 1 with third-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. He was later fired from his $57,000 a year job with the city.

Reed is accused of presenting two checks to the state Department of Support Services earlier this year to prove that he had paid $10,000 in back child support to his girlfriend, according to police. Police said Reed had put a stop payment on one of the checks and on the other he filed a complaint with Wells Fargo Bank claiming the check had been stolen and forged.

He received a $3,000 reimbursement on that check from the bank, police said.

In the Trumbull case, police said Reed is accused of using a phony check to get more than $1,000 from the Wells Fargo Bank branch in Trumbull.

Reed, who served a 13-year federal prison on a number of charges including shooting a 5-year-old boy and claims he met Mayor Joseph Ganim on a prison bus when Ganim was starting his sentence on federal corruption charges.

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