It’s been five years since North Providence Town Councilman Paul Caranci put on a wire and recorded his fellow council members accepting bribes. He gave the recordings to the FBI and helped convict three councilmen and a town solicitor on charges of public corruption. On Wednesday, Caranci receives an award in Washington, DC, from the National Association of Secretaries of State, recognizing an act of political bravery.
Caranci now works in constituent services for Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita. As Caranci said in a telephone interview, he had suspicions for several years about corruption in North Providence. Caranci says he went to the FBI after several meetings between town officials, developers, and residents concerned about a proposed development at Mineral Spring and Douglas Avenue.