Former Newport Police Union President Christopher Hayes plead guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court on Monday.
The 49-year-old stole more than $71,000 from the union from 2009 to 2014.
"He's a good person who made a bad mistake and there are no winners in this situation,” said Mayor Henry Winthrop.
The Mayor knows the former sergeant personally.
"The whole situation is very disappointing. I have known Officer Hayes for a number of years and I had great respect for him as a police officer,” said Winthrop.
Hayes used an FOP debit card to pay for personal expenses. He also used the union bank account to pay for his personal credit card.
He was with the Newport Police Department for 25 years.
"They are going to have to have some internal controls I believe in the future to keep an eye on their own finances for sure,” said Winthrop.
Calls and emails to the police union went unanswered Monday night.
Hayes’ attorney declined to comment but did say that questions will be answered during his sentencing in July.
Hayes could face up to 20 years in prison.
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