By JENNA CARLESSO and VANESSA DE LA TORRE, firstname.lastname@example.org:13 p.m. EST, November 18, 2013
Earl O’Garro Jr., a target of a federal grand jury investigation that stemmed from an insurance controversy in Hartford, has been arrested in connection with a domestic incident.
State police charged O’Garro on Nov. 7 with third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and two counts of disorderly conduct. He is free on bond and due back in Manchester Superior Court on Dec. 13.
O’Garro is a target of state and federal investigations. FBI agents served subpoenas on Hartford City Hall, the city’s board of education and the state insurance department and department of economic and community development seeking contracts, financial information, reports and e-mails related to Hybrid Insurance Group, the company O’Garro owns and operates.
The state also has filed an 11-count complaint against O’Garro outlining numerous allegations of missing premium payments and possible fraud.
Hartford officials have said he failed to pay $670,000 in premiums to two of the city’s insurance carriers, and may have a conflict of interest with city Treasurer Adam Cloud. Hybrid Insurance was located in a building on Lewis Street in Hartford that is owned by Cloud, his brother and father. Cloud has denied that such a relationship had anything to do with the city’s business involvement with Hybrid.
On Oct. 19, O’Garro’s wife told state police her husband had threatened to kill her. During a previous argument, she said, Earl O’Garro retrieved numerous guns from the basement of their Marlborough home, laid them out on a table and told her he would kill her. O’Garro accused his wife of cheating on him, according to an affidavit for his arrest.
“Earl … made me go into my son’s room and kiss him goodbye,” his wife told police. “I felt that he was going to kill me.”
During another argument, she mentioned news coverage of an investigation into Hybrid, the affidavit says. Earl O’Garro became “enraged” and threw a wireless mouse at her, police wrote in court documents.
His wife has filed a restraining order against him.
Records show that the couple was married in a ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in September 2012. Earl O’Garro filed for divorce in October.
Attorneys for the O’Garros could not immediately be reached for comment Monday. Earl O’Garro did not return a call seeking comment.