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Interim Report of the Statewide Grand Jury (Reported May 10, 2017)

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Luis Aponte (age 53) 17 Blundell Street Providence, RI P1-2017-1240A

The Statewide Grand Jury reported out a secret and sealed indictment on May 10, 2017 charging Luis Aponte with one count of unlawful appropriation, one count of embezzlement, and two counts of personal use of campaign funds. The indictment was unsealed this afternoon in Providence County Superior Court by Justice Luis Matos when Aponte was arraigned.

It is alleged that on or about dates between May 10, 2014 and December 28, 2015, Aponte unlawfully appropriated more than $1,000 from the Friends of Luis Aponte Campaign Finance Account for his own use. Further, it is alleged that on dates between December 18, 2013 and December 28, 2015, Aponte embezzled more than $100 from the same campaign account.

The State also alleges that on or about dates May 10, 2014 and December 31, 2014 and again on dates between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, Aponte unlawfully used campaign funds for personal use.

Aponte was released on $1,000 personal recognizance. The Court set June 19, 2017 for a pretrial conference.

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