Not Guilty Pleas in N. Providence Mail Fraud Case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Four people have pleaded not guilty in an alleged scheme to rip off an insurance company, including a former North Providence town councilman facing corruption charges in a separate case.

Former Councilman John Zambarano pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud charges in federal court in Providence on Wednesday, as did radio personality Lori Sergiacomi, who goes by the name Tanya Cruise on Lite Rock 105; insurance adjuster Vincent DiPaolo; and Robert Ricci, who once served as North Providence town council president.

Zambarano was released on $50,000 unsecured bond, while the others were released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

They're accused of trying to defraud an insurance company of nearly $50,000 by intentionally damaging Sergiacomi's home and swimming pool and blaming the damage on a storm that never
happened.

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