The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that Farmington police have charged state Department of Public Utility Control CommissionerAmalia Bzdyra with shoplifting.
The 52-year-old Bzdyra. who is a Wallingford resident, was charged Wednesday with sixth-degree larceny. Police say she stole $253 worth of rings and clothing at Lord & Taylor in the Westfarms Mall, according to the AP.
Bzdyra (shown at left) is one of five appointed commissioners who regulate Connecticut's utilities. Her term runs through June 2013, according to her DPUC bio
She was released on $1,000 bond and is due in Hartford Superior Court on Sept. 22.
Byzdyra did not respond to a message left at her Wallingford home by the New Haven Register.
DPUC spokesman Phil Dukes declined to comment Thursday.
Bzdyra immigrated to the United States in 1965, after the government burned books at the school where her mother worked.
She was appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to serve on the DPUC in Dec. 2008 and confirmed by both houses of the General Assembly in February 2009. Before that, she served as the deputy commissioner for the Department of Social Services as well as the chairwoman of the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.