Ex-NJ Housing Official Gets 46 Months For Extortion Scheme

Law360, New York (July 23, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT) -- A one-time official with North Bergen, N.J.'s housing authority received a 46-month prison sentence Tuesday for shaking down workers with a municipal contractor for illicit cash payments, federal prosecutors said.

In exchange for the money, John T. Kennell, 50, doctored records to provide employees with extra vacation days, let one undocumented worker switch identities to keep his job and refrained from using his clout to terminate employees, according to prosecutors.

Kennell pled guilty in December before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares to extortion under color...
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