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Informant Witness May Miss Trial For Former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

Dennis Elwell (credit: Mel Evans/AP)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The trial of a former northern New Jersey mayor is set to resume Thursday, but the government may be without its star witness.

Former Secaucus mayor Dennis Elwell denied on the witness stand this week that he accepted a $10,000 bribe from a man posing as a crooked developer seeking project approvals.

Solomon Dwek was wearing a wire for the government in a corruption investigation that led to the arrest of 46 defendants.

Dwek was scheduled to testify when it was revealed he had recently been arrested for failing to return a rental car and then lying about the incident to his FBI handlers.

A federal judge revoked Dwek’s bail on Tuesday, and ordered him to jail to await sentencing on the bank fraud that led to his cooperation.

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