Broke city's convicted mayor ordered back to RI

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former mayor of a financially troubled Rhode Island city who's imprisoned in Maryland has been ordered back to his state by a federal judge.

Former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau (mor-OH') is less than halfway through the two-year sentence he received in a corruption case. He admitted he accepted a furnace and home renovations from a businessman who received a lucrative city contract.

The judge doesn't explain in the order why he wants Moreau back in Rhode Island. Moreau's lawyer and prosecutors haven't returned messages sent Thursday seeking comment.

Moreau pleaded guilty to a charge of corruptly accepting a gratuity by an official receiving federal funds. An appeals court decision in an unrelated case last year found the charge isn't a crime.

U.S. District Judge John McConnell wants Moreau in court in Providence on Jan. 29.

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