North Providence official accused of cheating at Twin River

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A North Providence official was arrested at Town Hall Thursday on charges he tried to cheat at Twin River.

North Providence Finance Director Justin Cambio was taken into custody as the result of an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police Gaming Unit, according to Maj. Joseph Philbin.

Cambio is accused of trying to increase his winnings by putting more chips on the table after having already won the hand. Philbin said investigators reviewed surveillance footage of Cambio Wednesday, then drew up an arrest warrant Thursday.

Cambio was arraigned Thursday and released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

Philbin said it will be up to North Providence Town Hall whether Cambio is placed on leave from work.

Mayor Charles Lombardi was almost at a loss for words after he learned of the charges against Cambio.

“He will not be reporting to work,” Lombardi said. “I did chat with him this evening, explained to him my position and asked him to do whatever he has to do to protect himself and go through the process.”

The mayor said when the facts of the investigation come out, he believes the public will learn what allegedly happened, which has no correlation to his town hall duties.

“This guy is brilliant and we’re going to hope that he can get through it,” Lombardi said. “It’s unfortunate, and I just want to make sure that everyone understands this will not affect the day-to-day operations of our town. It didn’t happen in our town, it has no thing to do with our town hall at this point in time, but we have to give this gentleman the opportunity for due process.”

According to Lombardi, Cambio has served as the town’s finance director for almost two years. The mayor said he will be meeting with attorneys Friday to discuss whether he’ll be suspended with or without pay.

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