Nashua informant has history with husband of the mayorBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
November 08. 2013 9:36PM
NASHUA — Thomas P. Brennan, the man who sparked a police investigation when he made allegations of wrongdoing against Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and her husband in 2009, was arrested just a few months before he had provided confidential information to authorities.
The mayor’s husband, David Lozeau, was serving as a bail commissioner at the time Brennan was arrested on July 8, 2009, and issued him a $10,000 personal recognizance bail for the felony charge of burglary, according to court documents on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.
Brennan, 52, formerly of 13 Timberline Drive, was accused of entering 31 Congress St., Apt. 16, with his daughter when he allegedly assaulted Anthony Debenedictis.
According to court records, the charge of burglary was eventually not prosecuted and Brennan was found guilty of a lesser charge of criminal trespass, a violation. For that offense, Judge Michael Ryan issued a $500 fine that was suspended on Dec. 28, 2009, according to court documents.
Three weeks prior, Brennan, acting as a confidential informant, met with Attorney General Jane Young, Nashua Detective John Newell, Lt. Scott Hammond and other law enforcement officials to provide authorities will private information about the Lozeaus, according to police documents released earlier this week.
During police questioning, Brennan made several accusations against the Lozeaus, which included marijuana use, bid rigging while the mayor worked at Southern New Hampshire Services and questionable practices by David Lozeau as a bail commissioner.
The Nashua Police Department, with Young’s OK, had set up 11 separate wiretaps with Brennan, attempting to collect evidence on David Lozeau.
“Despite these repeated attempts, at no point did my husband implicate himself in any criminal wrongdoing of any kind,” Mayor Lozeau said recently. “After spending hundreds of man hours investigating my husband and I, the investigation was closed on (former) Chief Don Conley’s watch, as no crimes were committed.”
Mayor Lozeau maintains that the investigation was based on one individual facing criminal charges — the same man her husband sued for $7,800 in 2008 over a truck dispute.
Her husband, David, said police properly decided not to prosecute him for anything.
“The case was closed and the matter was filed away. Now, in the middle of a political battle between the (Nashua Police Department) and my wife, those files have suddenly resurfaced,” said David Lozeau. “I am a lifelong resident of the Nashua community and I am willing to rest on the reputation I have earned during that time.”
Nashua Police Chief John Seusing said this week that the case was never closed, but rather suspended pending additional information.
Attempts to reach Brennan for comment were unsuccessful.