Mayor Found Guilty On Extortion, Bribery Charges

Law360, New York (November 20, 2012, 6:41 PM EST) -- The mayor of Hamilton Township, N.J., was found guilty Tuesday on charges that he sought and accepted $12,400 in bribes to influence a local school district's award of a health insurance brokerage contract.

Following a five-day trial in Trenton federal court, the jury convicted John Bencivengo, 58, on all counts, including extortion and attempted extortion, traveling to facilitate bribery, and money laundering.

Authorities accused Bencivengo of taking the illicit payments from cooperating witness Marliese Ljuba, who worked as the Hamilton Township School District's health insurance broker....
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