Photos: Gallison arraigned in federal court on nine felony counts
The former state representative said little in court and refused comment outside the courthouse
Former state Rep. Raymond Gallison was arraigned on nine felony counts in federal court Friday afternoon, ordered to surrender his passport and released on $50,000 bond.
The former Bristol representative and chairman of the House Finance Committee said little in court, other than acknowledging the charges against him and confirming to Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan that he was waiving his right to a grand jury hearing. Mr. Gallison is expected to plead guilty to the nine counts and will serve a minimum of two years in federal prison.
The disgraced former legislator who abruptly resigned his seat in the General Assembly amid state and federal investigations last May is charged with aggravated identity theft, mail fraud, wire fraud (four counts) and federal tax violations (three counts) for under-reporting his income and assisting with the filing of a false tax document. U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha and RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the charges during a press conference Monday morning. Mr. Gallison is expected to plead guilty to all nine counts before federal Judge William Smith. The hearing date has not yet been scheduled.
During the 20-minute arraignment Friday, Judge Sullivan detailed each of the charges against Mr. Gallison, ensuring he understood the charges.
Mr. Gallison said nothing in court other than “Yes, your honor” when asked if he understood each charge and his rights, and “No, your honor,” when asked if he was coerced into waiving his right to a grand jury.
Judge Sullivan released Mr. Gallison, who brushed by a group of reporters and photographers outside the courthouse in Providence’s Kennedy Plaza without comment. He quickly moved to a waiting car that drove him away.
Under the conditions of his release, Mr. Gallison must surrender his passport, and is barred from traveling outside Rhode Island or Massachusetts, where his physician practices. He was not required to post any cash Friday, and will only be responsible for the $50,000 if he violates any conditions or fails to show for future court hearings.
The majority of Gallison's offenses were committed in his role as executor to the estate of the late Ray Medley of Barrington. The U.S. attorney said Gallison used Medley's credit card to buy personal items, transferred money into his own personal account, sold items to a Fall River pawn shop, sold a car to a "family member" and kept the money, stole car and home insurance dividend checks, and stole dividends on stocks totaling more than $116,000.
Aside from Mr. Medley's estate, Mr. Gallison also reportedly claimed that his non-profit organization, Alternative Education Programming, paid more than $77,000 in tuition and fees for 47 students to go to school. In actuality, the non-profit paid $3,137 to educate just two students. The rest went to Mr. Gallison and another, unnamed, person for wages and consulting fees, despite the fact no work had been performed.
In addition to a prison term, Mr. Gallison will be ordered to make full restitution of about $670,000, much of which was recovered when he delivered about $500,000 worth of stocks and bonds he was holding to Warren attorney Tucker Wright, who now represents Mr. Medley's estate. Another $100,000 of restitution will be due at the time of Mr. Gallison's sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled. Payment arrangements will be made for the remaining $60,000.