Attorney Denies Wrongdoing at Disability Employment Nonprofit

Jun 13, 2013

The attorney for the former head of an agency that allegedly had disabled people working for less than minimum wage maintains his client did nothing wrong.

John Cicilline says he has received paperwork from the U.S. Justice Department relating to John Capobianco, Sr. and his nonprofit company Training Through Placement, but he said yesterday he had not yet had time to review it.

Capobianco is facing a conspiracy charge and his son, John Capobianco, Jr., faces embezzlement charges after an investigation by North Providence Police into the theft of copper wires.

The wires came from equipment that Training Through Placement workers were paid to disassemble.

Training Through Placement has been in the spotlight following a Justice Department investigation that found a Providence school training students to work there.

The school has been cited for failing to provide its developmentally disabled students the opportunity to integrate more fully in the community.

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