Ousted Trenton, New Jersey, mayor faces prison for corruption

Reuters News
Posted: May 15, 2014 1:48 PM

By Dave Warner

(Reuters) - Tony Mack, found guilty of corruption and forced to resign as mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, faces up to 110 years behind bars at sentencing on Thursday for his part in a kickback scheme involving city-owned land.

A U.S. District Court jury in January convicted Mack, 48, then the Democratic mayor of New Jersey's capital city, and his brother, Ralphiel Mack, on charges stemming from a 2010 sting operation.

As part of the bribery scheme, government informants posing as developers sought to buy city property for a parking garage for $100,000 less than the value of the land.

In exchange, Mack would receive money, prosecutors said. Informants offered $119,000, about $54,000 of which changed hands, they said.

Mack was convicted of six charges of bribery, extortion and wire and mail fraud.

His brother, who prosecutors said acted as a bag man to pick up money, was convicted of extortion and bribery.

A month after the convictions, a judge ordered Mack to leave office, noting state law dictates that convicted officials cannot hold public office.

Mack had been accused by critics of nepotism and mismanagement since taking office in 2010 in the crime-plagued, economically depressed city of 85,000 people.

He was reportedly deeply in debt at the time of his arrest in 2012.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)