PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - The Attorney General’s office announced today it will notbe pressing charges in the infamous bad check scandal that hasplagued
The saga began in 2006 when John Cicilline, brother to theProvidence Mayor, cut the city a bad check to cover aclient’s delinquent tax bill. The tab, originally at $75,000,remains unpaid.
Mayor Cicilline fired former tax collector Robert Ceprano in thewake of the scandal. Ceprano responded with a $10 million wrongfultermination lawsuit.
Lynch’s statement reveals the investigation was over onMay 11th, but the Ceprano lawsuit, filed on May 13th, forcedinvestigators to wait and see if new information would surface.
“…while both John M. Cicilline and various employeesof the City (who often seemed more concerned with shielding theMayor from embarrassment than collecting the tax) handled thesituation in an unprofessional, misguided, and at timesinexplicable fashion, the evidence as it stands today simply doesnot give rise to provable criminal behavior on anyone’spart.”
The letter also reveals new information in the case. The StatePolice discovered there was never enough money in JohnCicilline’s account to cover the check and “no oneassociated with the City ever, for whatever reason, attempted tonegotiate either check.”
According to the letter, the basis behind the legal decisionrests on the fact that there was no purchase of goods or serviceswith the check to trigger the statute that would lead toprosecution.
John Cicilline is now in a federal prison for shaking downdrug-dealing clients while he served as their as a lawyer.
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