RI mayor to plead guilty to corruption count

Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The longtime mayor of struggling Central Falls, R.I., has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge of accepting gifts in exchange for handing out a lucrative contract to board up houses in the city. That's according to papers filed by federal prosecutors.

Charles Moreau (mer-OH'), who resigned as mayor Wednesday, and businessman Michael Bouthillette are charged. Bouthillette is charged with one count of giving gifts.

Central Falls filed for municipal bankruptcy last year.

Moreau and Bouthillette acknowledge in a plea agreement that Bouthillette paid at least in part for a furnace installed at Moreau's former Central Falls home. He also paid for renovations and repairs to Moreau's home in Lincoln.

In exchange, Moreau used his emergency powers to order homes that were foreclosed be boarded up by Bouthillette's business.

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