I-Team: ACI security specialist arrested on two felony charges

Gerald Masso.

Rhode Island State Police have arrested an employee of the state Department of Corrections on two felony charges.

State police detectives claim 53-year-old security specialist Gerald Masso of North Providence fraudulently used state money.

Masso is accused of using a corrections line of credit at a police supply company to buy ammunition for personal use.

The charges involve the purchase of $1,553 worth of ammunition in September 2012 and the purchase of $3,128 worth of ammunition in January 2013.

Masso was arrested Friday and arraigned on the charges. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

Corrections Director A.T. Wall asked detectives to investigate Masso in March after an internal investigation uncovered potential criminal activity.

That investigation followed an NBC 10 I-Team report about a sance held in the office of a high-level corrections official. Sources told I-Team reporter Parker Gavigan that Masso had attended that seance while on state time.

A conviction on the charges could carry a fine of $50,000 and up to 20 years in prison.

Masso is an 18-year employee of the Department of Corrections.

Masso is scheduled back in court for a pre-arraignment conference on Sept. 11.

He remains on paid leave from the state.