State lawmaker pleads guilty to tax fraud charges


A Rhode Island lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax fraud charges.

Democratic State Rep. John McCauley entered his plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence.

Prosecutors say McCauley and his business partner, William L’Europa, filed false returns for their insurance adjusting business to underreport $1.8 million in income, cheating the government out of more than $500,000.

Following his court appearance, McCauley told reporters that is remorseful and says his legal problems have taken a toll on him and his family.

The 53-year-old McCauley was first elected in 1990. He is not seeking re-election in his Providence district and now lives in Cranston.

L’Europa pleaded guilty to the same charges Thursday.

The two men will be sentenced in December. They face up to eight years in prison.

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