•On Feb. 20, 2005, Eddie and Maria Perez order Corian countertops, a sink and faucets from Home Depot.

•On March 15, 2005, they cancel the order for the countertops because, according to Home Depot, the customer got them "elsewhere cheaper."

•On March 16, 2005, Home Depot gives a refund to the Perezes. A Home Depot district manager tells investigators later that it is "extremely rare that the store would allow a competitor to undercut a price for this type of purchase."

•Over the next five months, the kitchen countertops in the Perez home are replaced with granite countertops, and two upstairs bathrooms are redesigned into one large bathroom by USA Contractors, owned by Carlos Costa.

•On Feb. 3, 2007, The Courant publishes a story detailing alleged corruption in Perez's administration.

•On Feb. 16, 2007, prompted by The Courant story, the chief state's attorney's office begins its investigation of Perez.

•A grand jury is empaneled Oct. 24, 2007.

•Investigators interview Perez on June 27, 2007. When asked if USA Contractors did any work at his home, Perez says they did his bathroom vanities and countertops. Perez tells investigators he paid $20,000 for the work and would provide them with the canceled check. He says he doesn't remember if any building permits had been obtained for the work. The meeting ends about 12:30 p.m., according to investigators.

•At 2:09 p.m. on June 27, Perez meets with a Hartford Federal Credit Union representative to apply for a $25,000 home equity loan to "pay for home improvement and consolidation of debts." The loan is approved, and the funds are transferred to Perez's credit union account on July 3.

•On July 2, investigators call Perez's office to ask about the canceled check he had agreed to provide. Shortly thereafter lawyer Hubert J. Santos contacts investigators to say he's representing Perez. He tells investigators July 6 that Perez has not paid USA Contractors for the work yet but would shortly.

•On July 10, Santos turns the documents over to investigators.

•On July 11, the credit union prints an "official check" for $20,217 payable to USA Contractors.

•Costa's employees tell investigators that work done at the Perez home was often unaccounted for on invoices, or labor costs were not included. For example, John Gajewski, a co-owner of Woodworks Retail & Architectural with Richard Gajewski, says he did $1,200 worth of labor on a bathroom cabinet but was told to provide an invoice for $350.

•John Gajewski tells investigators that he and Richard were told by Costa to donate $1,000 each to the 2007 re-election campaign of Perez — even though both live in Bloomfield.

•Donald Sullivan, whose company did the plumbing work on Perez's bathroom, tells investigators he was also told by Costa to donate $1,000 to Perez's re-election campaign.

•Eight of Costa's employees tell investigators this was the first time they had been asked to do home renovation work.

•Mark Wiles, a former city employee charged with administering e-mail accounts, tells investigators he created an e-mail account for "Willie Nunez" in February 2004.


From the arrest warrant application for Mayor Eddie A. Perez: