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Hamilton Township Mayor Charged with Taking Bribes

A grand jury has indicted the mayor of New Jersey’s largest suburb for allegedly taking bribes from a government informant.

Mayor John Bencivengo
Mayor John Bencivengo (Hamilton Township)

John Bencivengo is mayor of Hamilton Township, in Mercer County.

He was charged in April with attempted extortion for allegedly taking about $12,000 in bribes from someone seeking to maintain a contract with the township’s school district.

The indictment handed up Thursday adds several other counts including money laundering.

The extortion and money laundering counts each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Through his lawyer, Bencivengo has previously denied the charges.

A message left for his attorney Thursday was not immediately returned.

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

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