Convicted mayor ordered back to Rhode Island

By: Michelle Smith | Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A former mayor of a financially troubled Rhode Island city who's imprisoned in Maryland has been ordered back to his state by a federal judge.

Former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau is less than halfway through the two-year sentence he received in a corruption case. He admitted he accepted a furnace and home renovations from a businessman who received a lucrative city contract.

The judge doesn't explain in the order why he wants Moreau back in Rhode Island. Moreau's lawyer hasn't returned a message seeking comment. Prosecutors wouldn't comment Thursday.

Moreau pleaded guilty to a charge of corruptly accepting a gratuity by an official receiving federal funds. An appeals court decision in an unrelated case last year found the charge isn't a crime.

U.S. District Judge John McConnell wants Moreau in court in Providence on Jan. 29.

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