The death of a prominent real estate developer who was fatally struck by a train near the Fairfield Metro-North station has been ruled a suicide, officials said.
MTA Police were called to the station after Fairfield resident Alfred Lenoci, Jr., 55, was fatally struck by the train at approximately 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a Metro-North spokesperson said. The subsequent investigation determined that the incident was not an accident and no criminal activity is suspected.
Lenoci previously had trouble with the law, serving more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to bribing Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim. The bribes were part of a larger scheme that later led to the ousting of the former mayor, who also spent time in federal prison following an FBI investigation.
Lenoci and his father, Al Lenoci, Sr. were the heads of United Properties, a Fairfield-based real estate company that financed some of the largest and most expensive strip development properties throughout Connecticut and the tri-state area. Both he and his father pleaded guilty in federal court that they conspired with Ganim. The elder received a term of 12 months, while Lenoci received a term of 18 months in prison.
The Medical Examiner determined that Lenoci died from multiple trauma as a result of suicide. No funeral arrangements have been announced.
A ctpost.com report states that “(FBI) agents were ‘appalled and disheartened’ as the Lenocis discussed various plans to ‘rip off the city.’” It notes that schemes included overbilling Bridgeport for demolition and asbestos removal at derelict buildings and a $500,000 fundraiser for Ganim.
According to the report , Lenoci recently found himself nearly $50,000 in debt after serving as the vice president of a multi-million dollar real estate empire, which was started by his father nearly 50 years ago. In July last year, Lenoci and his wife were arrested following a dispute outside a Fairfield condominium complex. His wife filed for divorce in October last year.
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