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      Key figure in Operation Plunder Dome dies

      David Ead

      A star witness in the corruption trial of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. has died.

      David Ead died Saturday, according to the Pontarelli-Marino Funeral Home. It did not disclose the cause of death. He was 72.

      Ead was the former vice chairman of the Board of Tax Assessment Review.

      He spent a week on the stand during the 2002 trial portraying Providence City Hall as a place where favors were regularly handed out for bribes. He himself admitted to taking bribes to lower tax bills, and was sentenced to a year of home confinement.

      Prosecutors said at the time that Ead's cooperation was essential to making a case against members of the Cianci administration.

      Cianci was convicted of racketeering conspiracy.