Mayor of struggling RI city to admit corruption

AP News
Posted: Sep 19, 2012 2:55 PM
Mayor of struggling RI city to admit corruption

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The longtime mayor of struggling Central Falls has resigned and agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge of accepting gifts in exchange for handing out a lucrative city contract to a friend.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that now-former Mayor Charles Moreau (mer-OH') and businessman Michael Bouthillette (boo-thuh-LEHT') are charged. Bouthillette is charged with one count of giving gifts.

Moreau and Bouthillette acknowledge in a plea agreement that Bouthillette paid at least in part for a furnace installed at Moreau's former Central Falls home and for renovations and repairs to Moreau's home in Lincoln.

In exchange, Moreau used his emergency powers to order homes that were foreclosed be boarded up by Bouthillette's business.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says prosecutors will recommend prison. He says Moreau violated the public trust.