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R.I. Official Gets More Time

September 11, 2000

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Last month, former city tax collector Anthony Annarino emerged from his sentencing in a corruption case joking that he planned to work on his golf game behind bars.

Authorities weren’t amused.

On Monday, Annarino started his 2 1/2-year sentence at a medium-security prison instead of the minimum-security one he expected.

``It was a slap at the system that the Bureau of Prisons did not take lightly,″ said U.S. Marshal John Leyden. The Bureau of Prisons can decide where an inmate will be sent.

Annarino, 55, was the sixth person implicated in the FBI’s Operation Plunder Dome investigation of City Hall corruption.

He admitting taking bribes in exchange for tax breaks, and pleaded guilty to attempted extortion.

As he left the courtroom after last month’s sentencing, he said he was ready for prison and wisecracked: ``Maybe I’ll sharpen up on my golf game.″

He said that he was expecting to serve his time at a prison where white-collar criminals often are sent.

Instead, Annarino was set to the Ray Brook prison in New York State, near Lake Placid, where he will have to share a cell and will be locked in from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. He will be in the company of criminals like John A. ``Junior″ Gotti, son of the New York crime boss.

Annarino will be required to work on landscaping projects and may do shop work, but can also participate in basketball and other recreational activities, Leyden said.

Golf, however, isn’t allowed at any federal prison, Leyden said.

Michael Lepizzera, Annarino’s attorney, said he will try to get his client reassigned to a minimum-security prison. He said the golf comment was taken out of context.

``It’s unfortunate because he doesn’t think federal prison is a joke,″ Lepizzera said.

Annarino is the second defendant in the corruption case to go to prison.

Last month, former deputy city tax collector Rosemary Glancy, 47, began serving a sentence of two years and nine months at the low-security federal prison in Danbury, Conn., where New York City hotel magnate Leona Helmsley served time for tax evasion in the 1990s.

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