Mayor Lombardi given control over Google settlement money


NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Mayor Charles Lombardi has been given final authority on how to handle settlement money from Google.

The North Providence Town Council voted 5 to 2 to end a years-long debate over who has final authority over the $60 million funds from Google. The U.S. Department of Justice froze the account last year, until the town could come up with an agreement.

North Providence and East Providence police departments, the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, Rhode Island State Police and the National Guard, scored more than $230 million dollars for their help into an international investigation into tech-giant, Google.

The money given to the five Rhode Island agencies is part of the half-billion dollars Google paid to settle accusations that it advertised illegal prescription drugs.

The North Providence Police Department says it has about $38 million left from the 2012 settlement.

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