Dramatic month in Central Falls continues with Moreau’s pleaSeptember 19th, 2012 at 2:50 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
Charles Moreau is now the former mayor of Central Falls. He resigned – effective noon Wednesday, according to a letter delivered by former House Speaker Bill Murphy, his lawyer – after serving for nine years.
Two hours after Moreau’s resignation, law enforcement officials announced Moreau will plead guilty to corruption charges. Full story here. The news comes less than two weeks after a bankruptcy judge approved Central Falls’ plan for exiting the bankruptcy process. Moreau was mayor when the city filed for receivership in May 2010.
Right now there’s a lot of hope – and some concern – about a post-Moreau, post-bankruptcy Central Falls. WPRO’s Matt Allen recommends this Providence Phoenix story to remember the ex-mayor.
Republican Brendan Doherty issued a statement noting he ordered the state police probe into Moreau. “Corruption, fraud and dishonesty by our elected officials who abuse the public’s trust will not and cannot be tolerated,” Doherty said. (Central Falls is in the 1st Congressional District).
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