Political Corruption

NEWARK, N.J. - The former mayor of Perth Amboy, N.J., and an aide have been convicted of mail fraud, election finance violations and lying to authorities.

NEW YORK - The former president of a small community bank earned the distinction of being the first person convicted of ripping off the federal bailout program by pleading guilty Friday to fraud charges and admitting that he tried to grab more than $11 million in taxpayer rescue funds.

NEW YORK - Former New York state Comptroller Alan Hevesi admitted Thursday that he accepted free travel and campaign contributions from a financier in exchange for investing hundreds of millions of dollars of state pension money with the businessman's firm.

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont races for governor and state auditor are figuring into a federal lawsuit over the state's recent refusal to release a police video of a drunken driving arrest.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Lawyers for the former mayor of Hartford, Conn., have filed an appeal of his conviction on five corruption charges.
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