Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Convicted Of Corruption Charges
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Trenton, N.J. Mayor Tony Mack was convicted of corruption charges by a jury Friday.
Mack, 48, was convicted of all six federal counts of extortion, bribery, and mail and wire fraud charges against him, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Friday.
Mack’s brother, Ralphiel Mack, 41, was convicted of three charges, but acquitted of three fraud counts, followed by a weeklong trial before U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton federal court.
Mack, his brother and a third man — Joseph ‘JoJo’ Giorgianni — originally were charged on 2012.
The charges stemmed from an alleged scheme to accept $119,000 in bribes in exchange for Mack’s official actions and influence in the development of a parking garage on city-owned land in downtown Trenton, prosecutors said.
The deal was a fake, set up by the federal authorities as part of a government sting, WCBS 880′s Monica Miller reported.
Giorgianni pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with the Macks in December. He also pleaded guilty to a separate extortion scheme, a narcotics charge, and an illegal weapons possession charge unrelated to Mack or his brother.
Fishman said the verdict affirmed what prosecutors first charged more than two years ago – that Mack sold the mayor’s office and the people of Trenton.
Mack has remained in office since his arrest.
Mayor Mack faces decades in prison when he is sentenced on an unspecified date.
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