North Providence Police Chief Trial Begins

As reported by Mark Reynolds in the June 18, 2012 edition of the Providence Journal, the trial of North Providence Police Chief Whiting has begun. The Police Chief is charged with felony larceny and solicitation. Whiting is accused of stealing $714.00 and then trying to cover it up.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-41-1, larceny is defined as every person who shall steal any money, goods, or chattels, or any note of the general treasurer of this state for the payment of money, any bank bill, any certificate of any bank or of any public officer or corporation securing the payment of money to any person or certifying it to be due, any certificate of stock in any corporation, any order entitling a person to money or other article, or any bill of exchange, bill of lading, railroad ticket, bond, warrant, obligation, bill, or promissory note for the payment of money, or other valuable property, or any record or paper belonging to any public officer, or any writ, warrant, or other legal process, or any book or part of one containing an account, any receipt for money or other article paid or delivered, any adjustment or document of any kind relating to the payment of money or delivery of any article, any indenture of apprenticeship, or any deed, covenant, indenture, or assurance whatsoever respecting any property, real or personal, shall be deemed guilty of larceny.

The penalties for larceny vary based on the value of the items stolen. The threshold amount was recently changed from $500.00 to $1,500.00. However, Chief Whiting was charged under the old law, which was in existence at the time of the alleged offense. If the item was valued at $500 or more, the penalties included, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both. In addition, a person would be guilty of a felony. If the value of the property or money does not exceed five hundred dollars ($500), the person shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both. The person would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

If you or a family member has been charged with larceny, burglary or other theft crimes, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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