PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Former State Representative Peter Palumbo has changed his plea in in the campaign finance case against him.
The 56-year-old plead no contest in Providence Superior Court Monday morning to a single count of unlawful appropriation.
The former lawmaker was accused of taking more than $31,000 from his campaign account for his personal use.
“The public demands and deserves their elected officials abide by the law, including our campaign finance laws. When they break the law, like former Representative Palumbo admitted doing, they break the trust of their constituents and build contempt for our government as a whole,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
Under the terms of the plea, Palumbo received a three-year sentence, suspended with probation. In addition, he was ordered to pay back the more than $31,000 in restitution.