- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - An audit has found that expenses related to the Rhode Island State Police’s involvement with the Cranston Police Department are costing state and city taxpayers nearly $8 million.

City Internal Auditor Anthony Moretti submitted his analysis Thursday at a City Council Finance Committee meeting.

The audit attempts to determine the costs of a state police evaluation of the Cranston Police Department.

The evaluation stems from a ticketing incident. State police found that Capt. Stephen Antonucci orchestrated a ticketing blitz in which citations were issued in the wards of two city councilors who voted against a police union contract.

Moretti’s analysis found that the state police takeover of the Cranston Police Department, as well as the troopers’ investigation and evaluation, are estimated to have cost taxpayers at least $600,000.

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