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I-Team: Husband of RI lawmaker arrested

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NBC 10's I-Team has learned that the husband of a Rhode Island state representative has been arrested and charged with credit card fraud.

Henry Fellela, the husband of state Rep. Deborah Fellela, was arraigned Friday morning on the charges. He apparently fell ill after the arraignment and is now in the hospital, according to state police.

State police said Henry Fellela was caught on surveillance cameras using a stolen Shell credit card at various gas stations.  Police said the stolen card was used 17 times in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey for a total of $720 in fraudulent purchases.

Police said Fellela, 55, was also driving a car with expired plates that had been issued to his wife.

The car is a late model Lexus. Deborah Fellela was not charged because she was not driving the car, according to state police.

Maj. Michael Winquist of the Rhode Island State Police said Fellela has a past criminal history including credit card fraud and forgery. Police also said he's been arrested in the past for involvement in organized crime gambling.

Fellela is due in court Thursday for a formal arraignment.

Deborah Fellela is a Democrat who represents Johnston.

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