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.

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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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