NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Joseph Almeida, the deputy whip of Rhode Island's House of Representatives, has paid the state Board of Elections a $1,439 fine for problems in reporting his campaign fundraising.

Richard Thornton, the board's director tells The Providence Journal that Almeida is now up to date with his reporting.

But he says there is still an investigation underway into numerous undocumented donations and unexplained withdrawals by Almeida from his campaign fund.

The board in January asked the attorney general to look into Almeida's campaign finance reports from July 2008 to December 2012.

The board said it found Almeida didn't report about $8,200 in donations and $9,700 in expenses. It also said he provided no explanation for $3,900 in cash withdrawals or checks payable to cash or himself, among other issues.


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