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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

March 5, 2013


U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition for Writ of Certiorari of Former North Providence Solicitor Robert Ciresi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The United States Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by former North Providence solicitor Robert S. Ciresi, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

The former town official was seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review of his April 2011 conviction by a federal court jury in Providence on charges of conspiracy, bribery and Hobbs Act Extortion. Ciresi also sought a review of the 63 month federal prison sentence and $10,000 fine imposed on August 3, 2011, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.

In October 2012, the First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Ciresi’s conviction for his role as a middle-man in a corruption and kickback scheme run by three North Providence town councilmen.

Former North Providence councilmen Joseph S. Burchfield; Raymond L. Douglas III; and John A. Zambarano pled guilty for their roles in the kickback scheme and are currently serving sentences ranging from 64 to 78 months in federal prison. North Providence businessman Edward Imondi pled guilty to acting as a middle-man in the scheme and was sentenced to serve a 12 month and 1 day federal prison sentence.

The matter was prosecuted in the U.S. District Court in Providence by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John P. McAdams and Terrence P. Donnelly. The case was argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald C. Lockhart.


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