Former Central Falls mayor released early from prison

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

He walked out of court a free man, but with very little to say.

“I'm happy to be home with my family. And I am a private citizen now, so please respect my privacy,” said former Mayor Charles Moreau.

Reporter Question: Are you ashamed of your criminal conduct?

Reporter Question: What do you say to the people of Central Falls?

“That's all I'm going to say. I'm just happy to be home with my family, thank you,” said Moreau.

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, had his corruption conviction vacated and instead pleaded guilty to accepting illegal gratuities.

He was serving a two years prison term, but was released after one year.

He had accepted gifts from a corrupt contractor, who was showered with city business.

ABC6 News Reporter Mark Curtis said, “The corruption case and legal fight involving the former Mayor if Central Falls has consumed this community for almost five years and many hear are just glad it's finally coming to an end.”

People we spoke were divided on whether Moreau should have been released from prison early.

“I don't think that's fair just because he has political status everybody should be treated equal. What makes him so special?” said one Central Falls resident.

“Some people are going to take it hard. Some people are going to take it good, but you know he served his time. He did what he did and that's that. They let him go,” said another Central Falls resident.

Despite the change of pleas and sentences, former Mayor Charles Moreau, left court a convicted felon.