Former NJ Mayor Gets 3 Years For Bribery Scheme

Law360, New York (March 13, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT) -- The former mayor of Hamilton Township, N.J., was sentenced Wednesday to 38 months in prison for pocketing $12,400 in bribes to influence a local school district's award of a health insurance brokerage contract.

The sentencing in Trenton federal court comes about four months after a jury found John Bencivengo, 58, guilty 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...
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