Former No. Providence official released from prison

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Former North Providence Town Solicitor Robert Ciresi_219107

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Former North Providence Town Solicitor Robert Ciresi has been released from federal prison after serving just over four years for corruption, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

Prosecutors said Ciresi acted as a middle man in the town’s infamous corruption case, securing bribe payments to disgraced Councilmen Joseph Burchfield, John Zambarano and Raymond Douglas. He was sentenced to five years behind bars at a prison in Fort Dix, N.J.

Ciresi, 82, was released to home confinement earlier this month, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Target 12 learned he’s now living back in North Providence, and will remain on supervised release until March.

Burchfield, Zambarano and Douglas admitted to selling their council votes for cash bribes.

With Ciresi’s release, only Douglas remains in prison. Burchfield and Zambarano were released on home confinement earlier this year.

Douglas, 47, received a longer sentence because he was also wrapped up in a related extortion case. He’s set to be released in January 2017.

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