Two to be Sentenced in Rhode Island Insurance Scheme

August 26, 2011

A federal judge is set to sentence a former Rhode Island politician and an ex-radio host for their roles in a $40,000 home insurance fraud scheme.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary Lisi is scheduled to sentence 50-year-old Robert Ricci and 49-year-old Lori Sergiacomi during separate hearings in Providence on Thursday afternoon.

Ricci and Sergiacomi, who was known on the radio as Tanya Cruise, are requesting to be spared jail time for conspiring to purposefully damage Sergiacomi’s North Providence home after last year’s historic flooding. Prosecutors say the damage was part of a plan to bilk her home insurance company.

Prosecutors are asking they each spend four months in prison.

Ricci is a former North Providence Town Council president. He was not in office at the time of the scheme.

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