Timeline: Mayor Charles Moreau


Important dates in the investigation into Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau.

Jan. 27, 2009: NBC 10 News reports that a business owned by Mike Bouthillette, a childhood friend of Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, is the only company hired to board up foreclosed homes in the city. Critics question the amount Bouthillette charges for boarding up homes. Read Story

Jan. 28, 2009: Mike Bouthillette sits down with NBC 10’s Bill Rappleye to answer questions about his work for the city. Read Story

Nov. 4, 2009: Charles Moreau wins fourth term as mayor. Because of a change in the city charter, the term is for four years, not two. Read Story

Jan. 23, 2010: Rhode Island State Police visit City Hall to look into the city’s board-up policy. Read Story

Feb. 9, 2010: Rhode Island State Police say they have assigned four investigators to look into the business dealings of Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau and Mike Bouthillette. Read Story

Feb. 9, 2010: The Rhode Island Ethics Commission votes to look into whether Charles Moreau accepted an improper gift of a furnace from Mike Bouthillette. Read Story

May 4, 2010: U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha takes over a state police investigation into foreclosure boardups in Central Falls. Read Story

May 21, 2010: Standard Poor’s downgrades Central Falls’ municipal bonds to junk status. Elected officials keep low profile. Read Story

May 24, 2010: NBC 10 News reports that Central Falls, which went into receivership the week before, has been buying up foreclosed properties. Read Story

May 26, 2010: Receiver ends city’s contract with Mike Bouthillette to board up foreclosed homes. Read Story

July 19, 2010: State-appointed receiver takes control of Central Falls; Mayor Charles Moreau demoted to part-time adviser. Read Story

Oct. 5, 2010: In Superior Court, Mayor Charles Moreau challenges receivership law that stripped him of duties. Read Story

Oct. 18, 2010: Superior Court judge upholds state law that put the city of Central Falls under the supervision of a state-appointed financial receiver. Judge Michael Silverstein also rules the receiver has the right to make municipal appointments. Read Story

Oct. 19, 2010: Rhode Island’s Ethics Commission says there’s probable cause that Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau violated the state ethics code when he accepted a heating furnace from Mike Bouthillette in 2009. Read Story

March 29, 2011: Rhode Island Supreme Court rules that state receivership law that stripped Mayor Charles Moreau of his power is constitutional. Read Story

Nov. 16, 2011: The receiver says he’ll investigate whether Mayor Charles Moreau is still a resident after selling his Central Falls home. Read Story

Sept. 19, 2012: NBC 10 News reports that Charles Moreau has resigned as mayor of Central Falls and will plead guilty to corruption charges. Read Story

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