Dying man, others testify in alleged $30M fraud

Associated Press Published: November 14, 2012
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Also Wednesday, the second day of the trial, jurors heard from several family members of alleged victims, including Dennis Flori Sr., of Cranston, who died in April 2008. His wife, Kathleen, and son, Dennis Jr., testified that Radhakrishnan gave them $2,000 upon their first meeting and came back later, a few days before Dennis Flori Sr. died. At the time, he couldn't move, speak or open his eyes much, they said.

"(Radhakrishnan) said to me ... if Dennis can live until Monday. ... He said we would set up an account for the family," Kathleen Flori said, breaking down into tears. "He said I don't care how you get him to sign it. I'll be back in half an hour."

Dennis Flori Jr. said he held his father's hand as he signed a single document. Prosecutors then showed several documents opening accounts that bear what is purportedly Dennis Flori Sr.'s signature. Kathleen and Dennis Jr. both testified it was not his signature on all but one document.

Flori did not live to Monday, dying on a Saturday. Kathleen Flori said she called Caramadre's office a few days after her husband's death to say he had died. On May 6, Caramadre requested 27 copies of Dennis Flori's death certificate from the city, writing on a request form that Flori was his client and he needed it for estate planning purposes. Kathleen Flori said Caramadre had never done such work for her husband.

Kathleen Flori acknowledged on questioning from Radhakrishnan that he never forced her to sign anything.

The trial is expected to last two to three months and is scheduled to continue Thursday with additional testimony from relatives of alleged victims.