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Ex-police union head pleads guilty to fraud charge

A former head of the police union in Newport has pleaded guilty to spending tens of thousands of dollars of union money on himself.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Christopher Hayes, of Middletown, pleaded guilty Monday to a wire fraud charge in U.S. District Court in Providence. He'll be sentenced on July 21.

Prosecutors say he took almost $72,000 from 2009 to 2014 when he was the president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Newport.

The 49-year-old Hayes retired from the force in 2015 amid an audit of union finances.

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