RIPR News
2:45 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Former town councilors plead not guilty on corruption charges

North Providence, R.I. – The three former North Providence town councilors accused in a corruption case this morning entered "not guilty" pleas in U.S. District Court.

Former councilors Joseph Burchfield, Raymond Douglas III and John Zambarano appeared before Magistrate Judge Davis Martin.

The trio is accused of having accepted a bribe of $25 thousand in exchange for voting in favor of a zoning change for a retail development project.

The three defendants remain free on unsecured bond.