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Former Dem. R.I. Mayor Guilty On Federal Corruption Charges

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File photo of a courthouse. (credit: Dave Einsel/Getty Images)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The former mayor of a Rhode Island city that recently emerged from bankruptcy has pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge.

Charles Moreau apologized to the people of Central Falls, his family and friends after appearing in U.S. District Court in Providence on Monday morning. Moreau was charged with taking gifts from a political supporter who got a lucrative city contract. He pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Michael Bouthillette is also expected to plead guilty. He received a no-bid contract to board up houses in Central Falls and has acknowledged in court papers paying for part of a furnace and doing repair work on Moreau’s former homes.

Both men are expected to get prison time.

Moreau resigned as mayor in September.

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