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Former Jersey City Official Headed To Prison In Texas

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The first person convicted in New Jersey’s largest corruption sting will serve her prison sentence at a Texas facility.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross tells The Jersey Journal that former Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini will report Sunday to Carswell Prison, a women’s’ medical facility in Fort Worth.

Beldini has been free on bail since she was among dozens of people arrested in July 2009 in a massive federal corruption sweep that ultimately netted 46 defendants. The Democrat was convicted in 2010 of taking money from a federal informant posing as a corrupt developer.

Beldini repeatedly sought to stay out of prison while appealing her conviction. She claims the informant made improper remarks in his trial testimony.

A judge rejected her final request on Tuesday.

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