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District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Former Police Officer, Union Official Sentenced in Fraud Case

PROVIDENCE – A former union official for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Newport Lodge No. 8, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence today for fraudulently converting more than $31,000 in FOP funds for his own personal use.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith on May 24, 2018, former Newport police officer Adam Conheeny, 46 of Portsmouth, admitted that between August 2009 and December 2014, he used an FOP debit card, wrote checks from a union account payable to himself, and withdrew cash from an FOP bank account for his own personal use. In pleading guilty to wire fraud, Conheeny admitted to fraudulently converting approximately $31,413 in FOP funds for his own use.

At sentencing today, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith sentenced Conheeny to 3 months incarceration to be followed 2 years supervised release.

Conheeny’s sentence is announced by Michael Mikulka, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Region of the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, and Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police Ann C. Assumpico.

In a related case, Christopher Hayes, 51, of Middletown, a former Newport Police Department Sergeant and a former president of the FOP, Newport Lodge No. 8, pled guilty on May 1, 2017, to wire fraud. He was sentenced on July 21, 2017, to 6 months imprisonment followed by 6 months of home confinement. At the time of his guilty plea he admitted that he converted approximately $71,523 in FOP funds for his personal use.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams.

The matter was investigated by the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, United States Department of Labor Office of Labor Management Standards, and the Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit.

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
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Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
18-170
Updated December 20, 2018