Former Newport Police Officer, FOP President Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Christopher Hayes, former Newport police officer and union president, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to fraud.

NEWPORT, RI—A former Newport police sergeant pleaded guilty in Providence federal court Monday to wire fraud. Christopher Hayes, 49, of Middletown, is also a former union president of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Newport Lodge No. 8.

As part of a plea agreement, Hayes admitted he took union money to pay his bills and for personal use.

“An investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General and Office of Labor Management Standards, and the Rhode Island State Police determined that Hayes fraudulently converted approximately $71,523 in FOP funds for his own personal use,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Sentencing is scheduled for July 21.


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