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The trial of Patrick Timothy McDonald, former state senator and past Narragansett Town Council member, is set to begin this week in Kent County Superior Court.
McDonald, with a last known address of 15 Meadow Sweet Trail, Narragansett, is charged with six felony counts â€“ five counts of embezzlement of more than $100 and one count of felony conspiracy.
Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Rhode Island Attorney Generalâ€™s Office, said Ron Gendron, who is prosecuting the case, anticipates that opening statements will begin Wednesday, though it may be Tuesday afternoon, depending on how long jury selection lasts.
The case will be heard before Judge Brian Stern.
With a trial set to begin, McDonald still owes substantial monetary fines to the Rhode Island Board of Elections.
Richard E. Thornton, director of campaign finance for the Rhode Island Board of Elections, said Thursday that McDonald owes $169,482 in fines assessed through November 2013.