April 06, 2020

Saco man gets probation for attempted bribery

PORTLAND — A 54-year-old Saco man was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation, including four months of home confinement, for trying to bribe an official to win approval for a waterfront subdivision.

Frank R. Cicero, appearing in U.S. District Court, also was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000.

Cicero was indicted in March. He pleaded guilty to giving $1,000 to Richard Lambert, Saco’s code enforcement officer, to support approval of a residential development known as Seaside Estates.

Lambert promptly reported the incident to authorities and was not charged with any wrongdoing.

According to court documents, Cicero handed Lambert an envelope containing 10 $100 bills on March 6, 1996, and promised $4,000 more.

The case came under federal jurisdiction because Lambert is an official of a municipality that receives more than $10,000 a year in federal funds.

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