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No Jail For Former Jersey City Official in Corruption Case

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A former Jersey City official caught up in the state’s largest federal corruption sting won’t spend time in jail.

Jimmy King was one of 44 people arrested in July 2009 in Operation Bid Rig. On Tuesday he was sentenced to one year’s probation by a federal judge in Newark.

King served at various times on the Jersey City Parking Authority, as chairman of the Jersey City Incinerator Authority and as Hudson County undersheriff.

While running for Jersey City council, King was charged with extortion conspiracy for allegedly taking money from a federal informant who posed as a corrupt developer seeking help with building permits. But that charge was tossed after a judge ruled the law had been misapplied.

King eventually pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of mail fraud.

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

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