A federal judge has sentenced the former mayor of New Jersey's largest suburb to little more than three years in prison for corruption.

Mayor John Bencivengo (Hamilton Township)

Former Hamilton Township Mayor also has to participate in a mental health program in prison and will face three years' probation when he's released.

Bencivengo was convicted last November on extortion, money laundering and bribery-related counts. Bencivengo resigned as mayor of the Mercer County community the day after he was convicted.

Federal prosecutors said Bencivengo took $12,400 in bribes from a health insurance broker between May and July 2011. In exchange, he promised to use his influence to help the broker keep a health insurance contract with the township's school district.

Bencivengo's lawyer claimed the money was a loan.

 

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