Cicilline’s Scapegoat Fights Back
Fired tax collector Robert P. Ceprano….Ceprano alleges that Mayor David N. Cicilline pressed him in 2005 to waive back interest on unpaid property taxes by Richard Bready, the CEO of Nortek. According to the 86-page lawsuit, Ceprano refused to accept a $25,000 check from Bready in 2005 for two properties that were facing a tax sale for unpaid taxes. The reason: because the check did not include interest, which Bready was asking be waived.
When Ceprano refused, his lawsuit says, Bready instead delivered the check directly to the mayor. The mayor, through then-chief of staff Michael Mello, then ordered Ceprano to remove the properties, at 145 Benefit St. and 24 Stimson Ave., from the tax sale.
According to the lawsuit, Mello told Ceprano that Bready was “a generous contributor to the city.” Ceprano subsequently wrote a note in city tax records, attached to the lawsuit as an exhibit: “At the request of Mayor Cicilline & Chief of Staff Michael Mello, interest will not be charged on this account.”
Wonder if this has legs?