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Rhode Island has a high level of transmission: 166.2 total new cases per 100K population in the past 7 days
Fully vaccinated: 729,227 (of about 1.1 million residents)
New cases: 618 (since Friday)
Test-positive rate: 2.9 percent
Currently hospitalized: 106Total deaths: 2,861
There’s a better chance of any of us meeting “The Jetsons” than there is of 78-year-old Joseph Mollicone Jr. ever making good on full restitution payments for embezzling millions of dollars from Heritage Loan and Investment Co., which led to the infamous state banking crisis in 1991.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mollicone has lowered his restitution payments to $250 a month, down from a high of $300 a month between 2017 and 2019. His outstanding balance, which includes other court fines and costs, is $12,459,926.50, according to courts spokesman Craig Berke.
“Joe Mollicone’s monthly restitution payments have fluctuated over the years, based on his ability to pay,” Berke wrote in an e-mail. “He originally started with $30 payments and gradually worked up to as much as $300. Lately it has dropped to $270 and then $250 per month. He has had a change in his ability to pay. Whatever he pays, he pays on time each month.”
Mollicone, who was on the run in Utah for a few years before turning himself in in 1992, served 10 years in prison for fraud and embezzlement. He was released in 2002. There’s a great episode of the “Crimetown” podcast that focused on Mollicone’s crimes.
Prosecutors claimed he embezzled more than $15 million from Heritage, although he was prosecuted for stealing $12 million. His actions led to the collapse of the Rhode Island Share and Deposit Indemnity Corporation (RISDIC), which prompted then-governor Bruce Sundlun to shut down dozens of local banks shortly after he was inaugurated in 1991. It took years for some residents to recover their money from the frozen accounts.
Mollicone’s next restitution review is scheduled for Dec. 14, Berke said.
The Globe in Rhode Island
⚓ My latest column: We hear so much about things that aren’t working in Washington, D.C. But revisions to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program are going to make a difference to real people, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse helped make that happen. Read more.
⚓ Unlike in neighboring states, Rhode Island does not require just cause for eviction. And you end up with heartbreaking stories like this one. Read more.
⚓ A decorated detective who won in arbitration for paid leave to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder has opted to retire, rather than fight against the Pawtucket Police Department in court. Read more.
⚓ A design company’s mix of food and goods is helping to revitalize Tiverton Four Corners. Read more.
Also in the Globe
⚓ With early voting set to begin later this week, City Councilor Michelle Wu appears to hold a dominant position in the Boston mayoral race, maintaining a lead of more than 30 percentage points over Councilor Annissa Essaibi George in a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe/NBC10 poll of likely voters. Read more.
⚓ My colleague Larry Edelman offers the best explainer I’ve read on what these giant university endowment increases actually mean. Read more.
⚓ The baseball gods appear to be rooting for the Red Sox against the mini evil empire that is the Houston Astros. Read more.
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⚓ Governor Dan McKee and Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos will hold their regular press conference at 2 p.m.
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My previous column
Governor McKee has spent too much time complaining about the referees rather than setting a clear agenda for the state. If you missed the column, you can read it here. And all of my columns are on our Rhode Island Commentary page.
Rhode Island Report podcast
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