Richard Baccari a well-known land developer who was involved in the North Providence Stop and Shop deal that resulted in three members of the city council being sentenced to federal prison, has been indicted.
Baccari, 71 of Narragansett, was indicted on one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery. The U.S. Attorney's office alleges that Baccari and his company, Churchill & Banks, allegedly paid a $50,000 bribe to the three now imprisoned former town councilmen, Joseph S. Burchfield, Raymond L. Douglas III, and John A. Zambarano, in exchange for enough favorable town council votes to approve a zoning change to a 6-acre parcel of land for the development of the new supermarket.
According to the indictment Baccari and Churchill and Banks paid the bribe to middleman, Robert Ciresi. Ciresi, a former attorney, was convicted in April 2011 for conspiracy, bribery, and Hobbs Act extortion, and is currently serving time for his role in the scheme.
Baccari could face up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release after serving jail time.