Wilton Fireman Facing Felony Charges on Leave

The Wilton Fire Dept. placed Lieutenant Michael Michelsen on administrative leave in connection to his arrest last year for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands from an elderly Greenwich woman.


Michael Michelson, , was placed on administrative leave by the Wilton Fire Department last Wednesday.

Michelsen, a 59 year-old career firefighter and New Canaan resident, had amassed about 49 weeks of paid sick leave and used them shortly after his arrest in Feb. of 2011. He as a lieutenant of the on May 19 but was placed on leave just 18 days later, according to an email correspondence with Fire Chief Paul Milositz.

Michelsen “was placed on administrative leave on June 6 pending completion of the departmental investigation” of Michelsen’s “conduct as it relates to the pending criminal charges and his employment with the town,” wrote Milositz.

A follow-up email inquiring if the leave is paid was not returned. 

Last year, New Canaan Police had said that an 81 year-old Greenwich woman who was suffering from “‘cognitive issues’” allegedly wrote the accused couple checks totalling n between 2005 and 2008, but since the statute of limitations on larceny is only five years, the accused can only be charged with “."

as a front and used the money to furnish a home in Block Island, the article states.

New Canaan Police arrested Michelsen and his wife, Paula Halloran, now age 40, of New Canaan, on Feb. 25 of 2011. They both face class B felony charges of first degree larceny and first degree conspiracy to commit larceny.

A jury trial is set to take place over seven years from now on November 11, 2019, according to Jud.ct.gov. They have both pleaded ‘not guilty.’

Halloran and Michelsen are scheduled to attend a hearing on Tuesday, June 26, at the Stamford/Norwalk Judicial Courthouse in relation to this case, according to Connecticut SAVIN’s website*



*A special thanks to commenter for this news tip 

Amo Probus June 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Are we still paying his salary and benefits while he is marooned in Block Island for the summer? Just where is Wilton's town leadership ?
Del Dridle June 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Brennan is going with him to Block Island... It's a crony circus over there at Town Hall. Have you ever seen so many salaried/benefit/pension people walking around doing absolutely nothing. Folks, we are being taken to the cleaners and it's only getting worse... Where's that PT Barnum Statue we ordered?
RW June 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Let me guess, his fat town / union pension & benefits are still intact.
EMR June 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
This is totally disgusting and outrageous that he is on paid leave and was not fired upon indictment. Totally outrageous.
Wiltonite June 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM
How does a town employee accumulate 49 weeks of sick pay? It there no limit to the amount of days that can be carried over from year to year for town employees? The private sector would never allow this because they can't afford it and stay in business. Neither can the town of Wilton without passing on the burden to the taxpayers, which apparently we have been doing for quite some time!
EMR June 14, 2012 at 02:20 PM
it's called holding a Wilton taxpayer by ransom with outrageous union contracts agreed to by the Town Administrators. .
Lorna June 14, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I agree with and echo most of the sentiments posted. It's totally egregious that this scheister is on the public payroll and having 49 weeks of sick leave in part explains why our town's budget has gotten so bloated. Absolutely right, "Wiltonite," that this wouldn't fly in the private sector. Do you think the Selectmen and Board of Finance are reading these remarks? Or if they are, they're just thinking that the natives are restless.
RW June 14, 2012 at 03:32 PM
It will never change in this town or any other liberal/RINO bastion in ct. If you challenge the public sector unions (teachers, firemen, police) you are considered evil, against our precious children, and the public sector mafia will try to publicly shame you or run you out of town. WE PAY YOUR SALARIES! You are accountable to the taxpayers of this town, and we have the obligation to FIRE you when you are wasting our money! WAKE UP WILTON!
FrankJ June 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Maybe it would be interesting to us Wilton "employers" to see summaries of the public union contracts disseminated to all tax payers. Good project for our paid administrators over the summer! How in the world does a 59 yr-old accumulate 49 weeks of paid "sick leave"???
EMR June 14, 2012 at 03:50 PM
HR, Fire, Selectman email addresses to inquire sarah.taffel@wiltonct.org paul.milositz@wiltonct.org jan.andras@wiltonct.org (Bill is to busy to have his own)
Joe R U Kidding June 14, 2012 at 05:00 PM
How about that the trial is set for November 11th 2019 ... is that the speedy trial our fore-fathers envishioned ??
Jan Andras June 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Someone told me about this post and I felt I had to correct it. Bill Brennan does have his own e-mail - bill.brennan@wiltonct.org which he reads and answers each day.
EMR June 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Thanks Jan for the clarification. So william.brennan@wiltonct.org did not work. When I asked the "postmaster" for the right address, nobody replied. Please ask Bill where we can find the WFD contract that states that people who are indicted for felonies are not to be fired. Thanks in advance.
EMR June 14, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Here's the contract. I guess Bill and Sarah have no problem paying people who have been indicted for felony charges of stealing from little old ladies. I still think that 99% of our bravest are the best. But you cannot allow crooks to be retained on the taxpayers dime because no one has the guts to rid this bad apple. http://www.wiltonct.org/jobs/documents/Local2233FF.pdf
pat s June 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
MANY members of the town unions are disgusted with Michelsen, they are behind the town to fire him immediately. Many also doubt what his sickness was, as no one including the town was informed of what his "illness" was. His trial will be before 2019, everyone has their day in Court. Can't wait to hear their story, fortunately if he is convicted of even one felony good bye Mike !
EMR June 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Pat, Very odd that he has not been terminated. Do you think there is something more to this?
Amo Probus June 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM
But Town Management is pathetic for permitting this to go on and on and on
Del Dridle June 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM
What kills me about Brennan is that he never gets in front of things. He's always two steps behind. You'd think he would have brains enough to contact the press to share the town's position on this issue. After reading the comments here, I know I would be way out front on this story.
Brigitte Grisanti June 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Does he still get to keep his pensions and what ever retirement packages he might be entitled?? Stealing from the elderly is wrong! Brigitte Grisanti
Eric Allen June 15, 2012 at 07:46 PM
But Brigitte, it was only 1.2 million dollars... How else was he and Bonnie Parker supposed to build that big house on Block Island? And where did he steal the land for that? And does the IRS know? Just as sick is that they set up a fake firemans charity fund. He's no firefighter... Or is it "God helps those who help themselves" to other peoples money?
Roscoe June 17, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I assume that Mikey is a life long Republican.
George June 17, 2012 at 04:25 AM
NYC/Wilton firefighter.....should go to prision
Phillip Maim June 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Written about Chris Christie: Christie’s gift—and the reason he is mentioned daily as a potential Romney running mate—is his ability to argue complex issues in such simple and commonsensical terms that listeners don’t mind, or even notice, when he’s stacking the deck. A classic Christie staple in town-hall meetings up and down New Jersey is his ongoing effort to reform the state’s sick-pay policies. Current law allows public workers to accumulate unused sick pay, which they can cash in upon retirement. “They call them ‘boat checks,’” Christie says. “Now, the reason they call them boat checks? It is the check they use to buy their boat when they retire—literally.” He tells the story of the town of Parsippany, where four police officers retired at one time, and were owed a collective $900,000 in unused sick pay. The municipality didn’t have the money, and had to float a bond in order to make the payment. Christie wants to end sick-pay accumulation. “If you’re sick, take your sick day,” he says. “If you don’t take your sick day, know what your reward is? You weren’t sick—that was the reward.” The crowds whoop in approval at the punchline.
EMR June 18, 2012 at 07:49 PM
"Michael Michelsen Day" in Wilton being sponsored by Sarah Taffel and Bill Brennan? Might as well. You numbskulls have spent 200k to pay this guy since he was indicted. Can we take the money out of your salarues or are you going to ask for a bond raising at the next town meeting?
EMR July 01, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Taffel and Brennan, So what was the outcome of your internal investifation that has lasted a year and a half? Please tell us why he was not fired upon indictment? Where in the union contract does it state that you cannot fire someone who is indicted for a felonious act? What a racket we have going on here and we taxpayers are paying for it.
EMR March 26, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Lt. Michelsen is an admitted criminal. Why are Wilton taxpayers paying $200,000.00 per annum for him? William Brennan, Hal Clark, Fire Chief, etc. any thoughts?
Alexis April 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM
The charges were dropped on Michaelson, would you like to spend more Wilton tax payer money by fighting a law suit if we had fired him or attempted to withhold his benefits? How would we win that? It's out of our hands.


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