Multiple RI politicians find themselves on the wrong-side of law so far in 2017
In the first five months of 2017 at least four Rhode Island politicians have been criminally charged or convicted.
The latest, City Council President Luis Aponte. He was indicted Wednesday on multiple charges including embezzlement.
"It seems like every time that we make progress as a city we have someone being indicted someone being charged,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza.
In January, three well known politicians faced the music. Former state rep and house finance chair Ray Gallison, former Rep. John Carnevale and former Rep. Peter Palumbo.
Gallison first came under investigation last year. In January he agreed to plead guilty to 9 federal counts including stealing almost $700,000 from a dead man's estate. He has not been sentenced yet, but is guaranteed jail time.
Carnevale, who served on the house leadership team with Gallison, is facing multiple perjury charges.
Those come after an investigation uncovered he did not live in the district he claimed to.
Palumbo was charged in January with embezzling campaign funds. He could face up to ten years in prison.
And, then there's former city councilor Kevin Jackson. He was indicted last year for stealing money from a youth sports team. Just last week, voters recalled him from office.
The list goes on and on including Former House Speaker Gordon Fox is currently serving time for bribery and wire-fraud.