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Former NJ Deputy Mayor Ordered to Report to Prison

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A former New Jersey deputy mayor’s attempts to stay out of prison have ended.

In a ruling released on Thursday, a federal judge has ordered Leona Beldini to report to prison in April to begin serving a three-year sentence.

Beldini was Jersey City’s deputy mayor in 2009 when she was arrested in New Jersey’s largest-ever corruption sting. She was convicted in 2010 of accepting a bribe from an FBI informant in exchange for the promise of future real estate commissions. She was acquitted of more serious extortion charges.

Beldini, who is in her mid-70s, has exhausted her legal appeals and said in court papers that she suffers from serious medical issues that could jeopardize her life if she is incarcerated.

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

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