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Trial Of Former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell Resumes

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Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The corruption trial of a former northern New Jersey mayor was set to resume Monday.

Dennis Elwell is charged with accepting $10,000 through a middleman from a crooked developer. But the man posing as the developer, Solomon Dwek, was cooperating with federal authorities after they arrested him for a $50 million bank fraud.

The federal investigation eventually led to the arrest of 46 defendants on corruption and money laundering charges.

Elwell, who resigned as mayor shortly after his July 2009 arrest, may take the stand. Dwek was expected to testify, until prosecutors said last week that he had been arrested on unrelated charges.

Former Elwell political adviser Ronald Manzo testified against the former mayor last week, after pleading guilty in May to acting as a middleman between Elwell and Dwek.

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