PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence the deputy speaker of the Rhode Island House to 2 ½ years in prison after he admitted he and his business partner tried to cheat the government out of more than $500,000 in taxes.
Rep. John J. McCauley, a Democrat who represents Providence, pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy and tax fraud charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 21.
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed papers that recommended McCauley be sentenced to 30 months in prison, the highest allowed under federal sentencing guidelines.
McCauley’s fraud didn’t involve his position as a lawmaker, but prosecutors said there is an expectation that those who hold such positions will adhere to a higher standard in their lives.