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NPD-Press release-11-5-2013 (1536447_3) (2).pdf

NPD-Press release-11-5-2013 (1536447_3) (2).pdf

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Published by Carol Robidoux
Statement by Chief John Seusing
Statement by Chief John Seusing

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Published by: Carol Robidoux on Nov 08, 2013
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PRESS RELEASE  November 5, 2013 Chief John J. Seusing released the following statement: Approximately one week ago, serious allegations were levied against the men and women of the Nashua Police Department by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau in her formal press release. These unprecedented allegations made by Mayor Lozeau implied that the Nashua Police Department conducted “a smear campaign based on an unfounded investigation to achieve  political goals.” These allegations could not be any further from the truth. In the fall of 2009, the Nashua Police Department began an investigation following allegations made by a confidential informant against Mayor Lozeau and her husband, Bail Commissioner David Lozeau, regarding allegations of bid rigging. Due to the serious nature of the allegations, and the fact that it involved the Mayor of Nashua and her husband, Bail Commissioner David Lozeau, the Nashua Police Department deemed it appropriate to involve the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office as they are the chief law enforcement agency in the State of New Hampshire. The Attorney General’s Office became directly involved. An investigation was conducted into the allegations of bid rigging; and, as a result of that investigation, no criminal charges could be substantiated against either Mayor Lozeau or David Lozeau. The investigation into the bid-rigging allegations was suspended pending any additional information. Beginning in February 2009, prior to the criminal allegation of bid rigging being raised, multiple concerns were expressed by members of the Nashua Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit and the Department’s Narcotics Intelligence Division regarding questionable bail  practices by David Lozeau while performing his duties as Bail Commissioner. During the course of ongoing drug investigations, the Nashua Police Department received information from multiple sources concerning Bail Commissioner Lozeau’s personal associations with persons known to be drug users and drug dealers. This information was independently corroborated by members of the Nashua Police Department’s Narcotics Intelligence Division through personal observations during surveillance. Additionally, through a one-party intercept that was duly authorized by the Attorney General’s Office, a recorded phone conversation revealed that Bail Commissioner Lozeau exposed the identity of Nashua Police Department confidential informants, who assisted the Narcotics Intelligence Division with drug investigations. The Attorney General’s Office was kept informed of the Nashua Police Department’s investigation, which remained ongoing. In addition to this investigation, there were other investigations underway that remained open through 2011 and 2012 that dealt with close associates of Bail Commissioner Lozeau. Based on the information learned during this investigation, it became obvious to me as Chief of Police that the continuing course of conduct by Bail Commissioner Lozeau could be detrimental to ongoing and future drug investigations. More importantly, his conduct potentially  jeopardized the safety of our undercover detectives as well as our confidential informants and others.

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