PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A former representative-elect was sentenced Wednesday after pleading responsible to felony embezzlement and marketing campaign finance prices.
In 2018, Laufton Ascencao, 27, diverted over $16K from the the checking account of the Rhode Island chapter of the Sierra Membership, of which he was treasurer. Based on the Legal professional Normal’s workplace, Ascencao used the cash to finance his 2018 marketing campaign with out correctly disclosing the funds.
The AG’s workplace mentioned Ascencao additionally did not appoint a marketing campaign treasurer, which is required by state regulation.
“As I’ve mentioned beforehand, obscuring the reality with regards to marketing campaign finance isn’t concerning the amount of cash concerned. It’s not even concerning the low-rent habits that some political operatives carry to campaigns. It’s concerning the public confidence in authorities that we lose when that occurs, and the large injury that does to our state,” mentioned Legal professional Normal Peter Neronha.
In court docket Wednesday, Ascencao was given a five-year suspended sentence with probation. He was ordered restitution of $13,387.70 to the Rhode Island chapter of the Sierra Membership. The court docket additionally imposed an extra $1K wonderful.