Thursday, April 17, 2008

Former Mayor an Mistress Convicted for Corruption

New York continues its history of crooked politicians with the latest being Sharpe James .
James who ran New Jersey for little over 20 years was found guilty yesterday after a jury found him guilty of fraud. He and his mistress Tamika Riley conspired to sell city-owned properties to a former companion at a fraction of their value.

Under federal guidelines, prosecutors say, Mr. James and Ms. Riley each face at least eight years in prison, though a judge could sentence them to as much as 20 years.

What is up with these politicians? Historically Newark seems to be facing some sort of legacy. , Kenneth A. Gibson, who was mayor from 1970 to 1986, pleaded guilty to tax fraud in 2002 but did not go to prison. Hugh J. Addonizio, who was mayor from 1962 to 1970, served five years in federal prison after being convicted in a scheme to take $1.4 million in kickbacks from city contractors. They all committed an absolute breach of public trust. It seems to be the trend for many politicians.

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