R.I. jury acquits two former CVS executives of corruption charges

June 2, 2008

Two former CVS executives have been acquitted of bribing a Rhode Island state senator for legislative favors.

Two former CVS executives have been acquitted of bribing a Rhode Island state senator for legislative favors. A jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding John R. Kramer and Carlos Ortiz not guilty of 23 counts of bribery, mail fraud, and conspiracy. Prosecuters accused the former vice presidents at the Woonsocket-based pharmacy chain of paying former state Sen. John Celona to influence legislation on the company's behalf, then giving him a sham $1,000-a-month consulting contract. Celona had already admitted guilt and is in prison.

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