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RI developer pleads not guilty to corruption

RI developer pleads not guilty to corruption

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A well-known real estate development company and its president and CEO have pleaded not guilty in a federal corruption probe that brought down three North Providence town councilmen.

Richard Baccari Sr. and Churchill & Banks Co., both pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence on Tuesday conspiracy and bribery charges.

They also demanded a speedy trial. Baccari's lawyer says his client looks forward to getting the case to a jury as soon as possible.

Prosecutors say Churchill & Banks and Baccari paid a $50,000 bribe in 2009 to the councilmen through a middleman who worked for the company. In exchange, authorities say the councilmen agreed to a zoning change so the developer could build a supermarket.

The councilmen and middleman are serving prison terms.

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