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Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Make & Take Crafts (Drop in Crafts) Ages 3 +
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Wreath & holiday arrangement workshop
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

Seal Tour
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

Holiday Bazaar
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Westerly

Magician Darren Yong
11 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Christmas Cantata
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Charlestown

"A Christmas Carol"
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

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Several charged in tax refund schemes worth $1.6M

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Several people have been charged in Rhode Island in two separate tax refund schemes that federal prosecutors say could have netted them $1.6 million.

The office of U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says four people have pleaded guilty and one has agreed to plead guilty in connection with a scheme to use stolen identity information from hundreds of people from Puerto Rico.

Prosecutors say they would file fake W-2 forms along with the stolen information, then receive checks ranging from approximately $3,000 to $10,000 to addresses in Providence. They received nearly $600,000 in the scheme.

Separately, prosecutors say two other people used stolen information from 1,300 people to receive tax refunds in a scheme designed to receive more than $1 million.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

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