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Ex-South Amboy Official Jailed For Election Fraud

A former executive director for the South Amboy Housing Authority who illegally funneled thousands of dollars in campaign contributions is now headed to federal prison.

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Thomas O’Leary received a 30-month sentence Monday and was fined $12,000. He also will have to serve three years of supervised release once he’s freed from prison.

O’Leary had pleaded guilty in March to tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the Federal Election Commission. The charges stemmed from his participation in a scheme to recruit straw donors for the 2006 Congressional campaign of then-Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas, who was later convicted on state and federal corruption charges.

Prosecutors say the 50-year-old O’Leary admitted conspiring with an insurance broker to recruit the donors.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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