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Providence Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that suspended Providence Police Officer Michael McCarty (age 63), of Warwick, pleaded guilty today before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to one count embezzlement. Under the terms of the plea, McCarthy was sentenced to seven years with one year of home confinement and the balance suspended with probation. In addition, McCarthy was ordered to pay $9,205 in restitution and agreed to forfeit his right to his pension.

McCarthy, who served more than 35 years with the Providence Police Officer, was arrested in October 2014, at which time the Department suspended him without pay. He was indicted by the Providence County Grand Jury in February 2015, charged with one count of larceny of a firearm, receiving stolen goods, larceny over $1,500 and embezzlement.

"By all accounts, Michael McCarthy served the Providence Police Department for more than half his life without incident, but the moment he stole, he violated the trust of the public to uphold the law and violated the trust of his brothers and sisters of the Department," said Attorney General Kilmartin.

Providence Police Captain Robert Lepre and Sergeant Steve Gencarella led the investigation. Assistant Attorney General Scott Erickson prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

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