The couple, who had “legal issues” they had to pay for, allegedly called the girl’s mother and said she was being held captive.
Anthony Clark was a manager in the city’s Neighborhood Services Department. He pleaded guilty to attempted extortion during an appearance in U.S. District Court in Trenton.
The former New Jersey assemblyman snared in the state’s largest corruption sting is headed to prison for 41 months.
Daniel Van Pelt of Ocean Township was due in federal court Friday, nearly five months after a jury convicted him of accepting a bribe and attempted extortion.