Rhode Island

Ex-RI Lawmaker to Plead Guilty to Fraud, Other Charges

A former high-ranking Rhode Island lawmaker is scheduled to plead guilty to a number of federal criminal charges. 

Ray Gallison, a Democrat and former chairman of the powerful House finance committee, agreed Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false tax returns. 

Gallison has acknowledged taking nearly $678,000 from the estate of a dead client for whom he was executor. 

He also acknowledged taking money from a nonprofit group that listed him as assistant director. The group was funded by state grants, and Gallison apparently never actually did any work. He also admitted taking $8,900 from the trust of a person with special needs. 

He resigned from the House in May. 

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