Ex-NJ mayor, aide get prison for 2nd time in week

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Posted: Apr 15, 2011 5:34 PM
Ex-NJ mayor, aide get prison for 2nd time in week

A longtime New Jersey mayor and an aide have been sentenced to prison on corruption charges for the second time this week.

Former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas received an eight-year sentence Friday in state Superior Court in Monmouth County. He pleaded guilty in November to state charges of official misconduct, theft and money laundering.

Vas and aide Melvin Ramos were accused of soliciting an illegal payment from a city vendor and using straw donors to fund Vas' political campaign.

Ramos pleaded guilty in November and received a seven-year sentence Friday.

Both men were convicted on federal charges of mail fraud, election finance violations and lying to authorities. On Tuesday, Vas was sentenced to six years and six months and Ramos to three years.

Their federal and state prison terms will run concurrently.