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Ex-Secaucus Mayor Elwell, Arrested In N.J. Corruption Sting, Due In Court

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The former mayor of Secaucus was due in court on charges related to his 2009 arrest in New Jersey’s largest corruption sting.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office was bringing a superseding indictment against former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell on Thursday.

It was expected to omit the man who was originally charged with Elwell.

Political consultant Ronald Manzo pleaded guilty May 12 to extortion conspiracy and will have to forfeit more than $40,000. He would have faced trial with Elwell this month.

Manzo said during his plea that he acted as a middleman between Elwell and a government informant posing as a corrupt developer.

Elwell was charged with accepting $10,000 from the developer.

Elwell resigned as mayor after his arrest.

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