North Providence town official facing felony post-betting charge

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A North Providence official arrested at Town Hall Thursday is facing felony charges.

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 post-betting, or trying to increase his winnings at Twin River 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.

“If somebody has a players club card, we know who they are,” Philbin said. “It was pretty obvious he was post-betting. They identified him through his players club card.”

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. He said Cambio was arrested at City Hall but was not placed in cuffs inside the building.

“We try to do it as quietly as possible. We just asked if we can speak with him outside, we didn’t want to make a big scene,” Philbin said. “It’s a felony obviously but we don’t want to embarrass somebody any further.”

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 will not affect the day to day operations of our town – it did not happen in our town,” he said.

According to Lombardi, Cambio has served as the town’s finance director for almost two years.

Eyewitness News reached out to Lombardi Friday to find out Cambio’s current job status but did not receive a call back.

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