RIPR News
6:37 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Former North Providence officials to be arraigned again

Providence, R.I. – Five people charged in a federal corruption investigation in North Providence will be in court this week.

Three former North Providence town council members accused of soliciting bribes are scheduled to be arraigned for a second time on Monday following the release of a new indictment last week charging them with additional extortion schemes.

Raymond Douglas III, Joseph Burchfield and John Zambarano have previously pleaded not guilty.

They're accused, among other things, of sharing a $25,000 bribe from a developer who wanted a zoning change to build a supermarket.

Two other people, lawyer Robert Ciresi and developer Edward Imondi, are scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday. They were indicted last week, accused of acting as middlemen and pocketing a portion of the bribes.