Broke RI city's charged ex-mayor: I owe an apology

By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI | September 27, 2012 | 5:35 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former mayor of the only Rhode Island city to have filed for bankruptcy has appeared in court for the first time on a federal corruption charge of accepting gifts from a friend and political supporter and says he owes residents an apology.

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau (mer-OH') has agreed to plead guilty, although a not guilty plea was entered for him during his arraignment Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence. Moreau is expected to plead guilty later. His lawyer says he's expected back in court within two weeks.

Moreau resigned last week before he was charged and agreed to plead guilty to accepting gifts from a businessman to whom he awarded a lucrative contract boarding up buildings, including some that had people living in them.