Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for accepting gifts from a man who received lucrative city contracts. Moreau will leave behind a wife and two young sons when he reports to prison March 4th.
Charles Moreau’s hands trembled as Judge Jack McConnell handed down his sentence: 24 months in a federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a hefty fine.
State police have charged a Central Falls clerk with embezzlement. The clerk in the finance office is charged with taking thousands of dollars in fines collected by the city’s Municipal Court.
The city’s finance director noticed discrepancies, did an audit, and discovered that over a period of time a total of $13,620 in cash and checks were transferred to collections clerk Joyce Tager but never deposited into the city’s bank account.
Once again the Central Falls receiver will try and meet with the full city council. It’s a chance for the receiver’s office to walk elected officials through a five-year plan guiding the city back to financial solvency.
Three city council members have skipped a handful of earlier meetings. Council president William Benson Jr. is one of them. He says there’s no legal reason why he should meet and go over the plan, so don’t expect him there Monday night.
State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist holds a public meeting tonight in Central Falls. She’ll take questions from the community while seated alongside a panel of local school leaders.
Numerous concerns have emerged about the tiny school district in the wake of the Central Falls bankruptcy. The school department has agreed to merge some services with the city including finance, human resources and sports.