NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The lawyer for a Connecticut developer says telephones were tapped and several people wore wires as the FBI investigated Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and potential corruption in town government.

Attorney William Dow III disclosed the information during a hearing in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Monday. The hearing was on pretrial motions in the case of Dow's client, Shelton developer James Botti, who's charged with bribing a public official.

Authorities haven't identified that official, but Dow said prosecutors' evidence shows the investigation began focusing on Lauretti in 2003. Dow says prosecutors allege Botti had to pay off Lauretti to get developments approved.

Lauretti has not been charged and denies wrongdoing. He says he's not commenting on Dow's statements.


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