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N.Providence Seeks To Recoup Benefits

North Providence officials are seeking to recoup about $180,000 in retirement benefits from a former member of the department who is under investigation in another town.

Coventry Fire Chief Paul Labbadia previously worked at the North Providence fire department. Labbadia is being investigated for possible misconduct in Coventry.

North Providence officials reviewed payroll records and found that Labbadia did not reach the 20 years of service with the department necessary to collect benefits from the town. Mayor Charles Lombardi says he intends to recoup the money.

Labbadia allegedly provided documents to the state retirement board indicating he worked as an on-call firefighter for more years than town records show, according to the report.

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