Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role as architect of an investment scheme that exploited the terminally ill. Once he gets out of prison he’ll have to put in 3,000 hours of community service.
Noted Rhode Island developer Richard Baccari has been indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
The federal prosecutors allege that Baccari paid $50,000 in bribes to North Providence political leaders to purchase their votes to win a town zoning change to clear the path for development of a Stop & Shop supermarket.
Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Dave Fallon to dissect the charges against Baccari.
The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown. He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.