APRIL 3, 2012: Inside a Finance committee meeting, Aresimowicz discovers that there is to be activity on the RYO legislation and appears to participate in the scheme by sending a text message (Exhibit 34) to warn Soucy. Bear in mind that Soucy has already used coded language in a previous telephone conversation to tell Aresimowicz how much money Chris Donovan received to let the RYO legislation die.
June 5, 2013
June 3, 2013
MAY 7, 2012: With only a few days left before the end of the legislative session May 9, Campaign Manager Josh Nassi texts Laura Jordan, Donovan’s chief of staff at the capital, asking whether any RYO legislation has found its way into the budget.
MAY 1, 2012: At 6:58 p.m. EST, Laura Jordan, Donovan’s chief of staff at the capitol, sends a text message to Campaign Manager Josh Nassi to let him know that the Senate calendar includes the RYO legislation. However, the bill never comes up for a vote, and that leaves unanswered questions.
APRIL 24, 2012: The $2,500 replacement check for the one that bounced arrives in an envelope accompanied by $100 in cash to cover the bounced check fee and also as an apology.
June 2, 2013
APRIL 4, 2012: According to the Braddock indictment, Soucy met in Connecticut with the FBI undercover agent posing as John Kelly, whom he believes to be a hedgefund manager looking to invest in RYO smoke shops.
June 1, 2013
Chris Donovan and Elizabeth Esty (CTNewsJunkie File Photos)
JAN. 31, 2012: Chris Donovan’s campaign finished the previous quarter having raised $204,699.70 for a total to date of $708,144.25, including $10,000 so far from the smoke shop group. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Esty’s campaign raised $176,411.56 for the quarter, but was ahead overall at $800.218.09. See their finance summaries.
May 31, 2013
NOV. 15, 2011: Harry “Ray” Soucy, Paul Rogers, and George Tirado attend a Chris Donovan campaign fundraiser at City Hall Café in Waterbury, where court testimony shows that a key conversation takes place on the sidewalk outside of the Café between Soucy, Rogers, and Robert Braddock Jr., Donovan’s campaign finance director.
May 30, 2013
NOV. 2, 2011: Patrick Castagna, a part owner in some Connecticut smoke shops, is present for a meeting with Waterbury shop owners Paul Rogers, Ben Hogan, George Tirado, and retired correction officer Dave “Buffalo” Moffa (pictured at left), who called Harry “Ray” Soucy, a fellow correction officer with political connections. Moffa was linked to the group through Rogers, who - according to a sentencing document filed later - also ran a gambling operation aside from the smoke shop. According to the sentencing document, Moffa accepted bets and handled some collection activities for Rogers.
2011: Ben Hogan, Paul Rogers, Waterbury Police Officer George Tirado, Joe Dadonna, and Richard Chance open their shop with an initial investment of about $100,000.
May 29, 2013
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APRIL 23-24, 2012: On the day before a key campaign finance filing deadline, an email goes out to Sarah Waterfall, Chris Donovan, Robert Braddock Jr., Josh Nassi, and Patrick Smock notifying them that one of the donation checks had bounced. The $2,500 check was written by Dana Graziano on behalf of the smoke shop owners.