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Newark, NJ - Ex-Jersey City Official Linked To Dwek Gets 3 yrs For Corruption

Published on: June 14, 2010 05:06 PM
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Leona Beldini, former deputy mayor of Jersey City, N.J.,  walks out of federal court with her attorney Brian Neary, left, after her sentencing Monday, June 14, 2010, in Newark, N.J. Beldini was sentenced to three years in prison for accepting $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions from an undercover cooperator posing as a corrupt developer. The 75-year-old democrat must also pay a $30,000 fine. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)Leona Beldini, former deputy mayor of Jersey City, N.J.,  walks out of federal court with her attorney Brian Neary, left, after her sentencing Monday, June 14, 2010, in Newark, N.J. Beldini was sentenced to three years in prison for accepting $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions from an undercover cooperator posing as a corrupt developer. The 75-year-old democrat must also pay a $30,000 fine. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Newark, NJ - A former Jersey City deputy mayor has been sentenced to three years in prison in the largest federal probe of political corruption in New Jersey.

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Seventy-five-year-old Leona Beldini did not react as she was sentenced Monday in federal court in Newark.

The Democrat was arrested last year in a sting that resulted in charges against her and 45 others. Twenty defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted so far, including a defendant Monday.

Beldini was found guilty in February of accepting $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions. The money came from an FBI informant posing as a real estate developer.

U.S. District Judge Jose Linares also ordered Beldini to pay a $30,000 fine and report to prison by Aug. 2.

Her attorney says they will appeal.


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 Jun 14, 2010 at 05:15 PM hiemishe yid Says:

Shame on you dweck. You caused a 75 year old to go to prison. May YOU rot in prison very soon.

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 Jun 14, 2010 at 05:55 PM Anonymous Says:

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hiemishe yid Says:

Shame on you dweck. You caused a 75 year old to go to prison. May YOU rot in prison very soon.

Amen ve'amen!

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 Jun 14, 2010 at 06:45 PM cp Says:

I do not understand why there is a prison sentence. Prisons should be for violent offenders who we need to keep off the streets. These people should get heavy monetary penalties. As for DRECK, he should be thrown in jail since he IS a danger to the community.

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 Jun 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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cp Says:

I do not understand why there is a prison sentence. Prisons should be for violent offenders who we need to keep off the streets. These people should get heavy monetary penalties. As for DRECK, he should be thrown in jail since he IS a danger to the community.

There are diff types of prisons-may we never know of them-light security to max security. You make a good point-originally Solomon's crime was a white collar yet he was threatend with prison.Where was his defenders then?

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 Jun 15, 2010 at 06:27 PM observer Says:

the fellow in the picture should wear a red nose with that bowtie.

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