Fmr. Newport police union treasurer to plead guilty to wire fraud

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A second person is expected to plead guilty to charges of illegally taking money from the Newport police union.

Eyewitness News obtained a copy of the charges against Adam Conheeny, former treasurer of the Newport Fraternal Order of Police, and the plea agreement he has reached with federal prosecutors.

According to court documents, Conheeny used more than $30,000 from the Newport FOP for personal expenses. He is expected to admit to a charge of wire fraud in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors said Conheeny wrote checks to himself from the FOP’s bank account, and in one case withdrew more than $200 from an ATM at Foxwoods Casino using an FOP debit card.

The transactions happened between August 2009 and December 2014.

Last year, Former President of the FOP Chris Hayes also pleaded guilty to wire fraud. He was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement.

Prosecutors said Hayes also took money from the FOP bank account for personal expenses by writing checks and using an FOP debit card.

Prosecutors said he took more than $70,000 between the same time frame they said Conheeny was taking money. Prosecutors plan to recommend a lower sentence as part of the plea agreement with Conheeny.

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the amount of money Conheeny is accused of withdrawing from a Foxwoods ATM. The actual amount is $204.50 and the story has been corrected.

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