Vincent Cianci, JrVincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr.
served as the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island
, and he was indicted in April 2001 on federal charges of racketeering
, witness tampering, and mail fraud. Several other Providence city officials were also indicted. Cianci is revered by the residents of Providence and credited with the revitalizing the city's economy and image. Rather than maintaining a low profile after the indictment, Cianci went out of his way to poke fun at the investigation, code-named "Operation Plunder Dome."
Television Animator/Producer Seth MacFarlane parodied Cianci in the now defunct Fox Television series Family Guy by naming a fictional school after him.