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John Bencivengo to Appeal Conviction on Corruption Counts

The former mayor of New Jersey’s largest suburb has filed notice that he will appeal his conviction and sentencing on federal corruption charges.

Mayor John Bencivengo
Mayor John Bencivengo (Hamilton Township)

The Times of Trenton reports John Bencivengo stated his plans in a letter to the federal court filed last Thursday. But he also said he’s “financially unable” to pay the filing fee.

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

He was sentenced this month to just over three years in prison.

Bencivengo’s trial attorney, Jerome Ballarotto, told the newspaper that he will represent him on appeal. Ballarotto said he and Bencivengo will be reviewing the trial record to look for possible errors.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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