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Ex-Secaucus Mayor Elwell, Arrested In N.J. Corruption Sting, Pleads Not Guilty

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The former mayor of Secaucus has pleaded not guilty to charges related to his 2009 arrest in New Jersey’s largest corruption sting.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office brought a superseding indictment against former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell on May 17th. The original indictment was revised to remove the man who was originally charged with Elwell.

Elwell entered his plea on the new indictment yesterday.

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

Manzo says he acted as a middleman between Elwell and a government informant posing as a corrupt developer. Elwell is charged with accepting $10,000 from the developer.

Elwell resigned as mayor after his arrest.

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