Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ex-Newark Mayor is Sentenced to Jail for Corruption

The Associated Press reports that the former Newark Mayor Sharpe James has been sentenced to serve more than two years in prison for selling “city land” at discounted prices to his former mistress.

Prosecutors argued that James sold city-owned property for $46,000 to Tamika Riley who later sold them for $655,000 without starting required rehabilitation work on the properties. Both James and Riley were convicted on several counts of conspiracy as well as fraud. As a result of the conviction, Sharpe might also be stripped of his six-figure annual income pension.

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