Former North Providence councilmen indicted by grand jury

North Providence, R.I. – Three former North Providence town councilmen have been indicted by a federal grand jury on extortion and bribery charges.

The indictment charges Joseph Burchfield, Raymond Douglas and John Zambarano with accepting a $25,000 bribe in exchange for their favorable vote on a zoning change.

The trio was arrested May 6 on the basis of an FBI affidavit. They were released on $50,000 unsecured bond. No arraignment date has been set.