Gotcha! has learned that Henninger’s nephew Thomas Perkins has operated a shell company for the past three years that orders vehicle parts from other providers and then turns around and sells them to the state for a profit.
Perkins founded Nutmeg Auto Parts Supplier in July YR-04 and landed a government contract shortly thereafter, records show. Officially, Perkins’s company provided replacement parts for Connecticut vehicles. However, sources tell Gotcha! that all Perkins did was purchase the parts from other auto providers, which gave Perkins a small kickback from the profits generated by each sale.
“Essentially the state is paying Perkins as an unnecessary middleman,” a source who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation told Gotcha!. “And the governor is aware of this arrangement.”
Nutmeg Auto Parts doesn’t have office space in Connecticut; its phone number appears to be Perkins’s cell phone, and Nutmeg’s address is a Hartford PO Box number. Sources tell Gotcha! Nutmeg doesn’t have any other clients besides the State of Connecticut.
Perkins did not return numerous calls. Meanwhile, the Governor’s Office released the following statement:
“Governor Henninger takes any allegations of corruption seriously and will thoroughly investigate these charges. The Governor will not have further comment until the investigation is complete.”
Henninger currently is serving his second term as Connecticut governor. He has two years remaining on his term. Gotcha! will continue to investigate this story.