- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The whistleblower who wore a wire to expose a corruption scheme on North Providence’s town council has testified that he wasn’t motivated to hurt a developer now on trial for bribery.

Former Councilman Paul Caranci said Wednesday in federal court in Providence he went to the FBI when he heard of the scheme because he was concerned about corruption.

Prosecutors played recordings of some of his conversations with fellow Councilman John Zambarano. On them, Zambarano tells Caranci that developer Richard Baccari told him if he delivered four councilmen’s votes to approve his proposed supermarket project, he’d give Zambarano $25,000.

Prosecutors say Baccari ultimately paid $50,000.

Baccari has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer says he was a victim in the scheme. Three councilmen and Baccari’s then-attorney have been sentenced to prison.

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