Rhode Island Representative Leo Medina charged with felony misappropriation of funds
Rhode Island: Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Representative Leo Medina is in legal trouble yet again. He has been charged with felony misappropriation of funds, a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $84,000. The charges were filed by a friend of Medina's whose daughter passed away leaving a life insurance policy. Medina was to cash the check as the accuser did not have a bank account and dispense cash once the check had cleared. The complainant has been attempting to get his owed funds for over a year now, Medina has since spent all but $4,000 of the funds. Medina has also been recommended for prosecution by the Rhode Island Supreme Court for practicing law without a licence stemming from businesses that Medina used to run. If those charges are filed the penalty is up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine. Medina's financial troubles run a great deal deeper, his legislative pay has been forfeited after a Rhode Island Superior Court Judge ruled he had to repay a debt he incurred after defaulting on a car loan in 2001. After his election the State Board of Elections fined Medina $55,000 for failing to file financial reports from his campaign, that fine was reduced to $5,000. Medina and his spouse still owe more than $250,000 from a 1995 bankruptcy judgement.