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Former State Senator Charged In Check Fraud Scheme

A former Rhode Island state senator is being charged with bank fraud and tax crimes.  The U.S. Justice Department alleges that James Doyle, as the owner of two durable medical equipment companies, drew checks on an account in one bank and deposited them in an account in a second bank when neither account had sufficient funds, a scheme known as check-kiting, to the tune of more than half-a-million dollars from 2013 to 2016.   Doyle has agreed to plead guilty to the charges.  He was a state senator representing the Pawtucket area and he resigned in January, citing his struggle with alcohol. 



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