PERTH AMBOY - Former Perth Amboy Mayor Joe Vas and his longtime aide Melvin Ramos were both sentenced in separate hearings in Newark today in connection to their corruption convictions.
Ramos was sentenced to three years behind bars, and Vas was sentenced to six and a half years. Vas and Ramos also must pay a combined $90,000 in restitution to the city. Vas was also ordered to pay a $73,200 fine. Vas, who is also a former state assemblyman, plans to appeal the sentence, which was handed down by a U.S. District Court Judge just after noon today.
Vas and Ramos were found guilty in Oct. 2010 of misusing Vas' position as mayor to steal affordable housing funds, as well as committing federal election fraud.
Defense attorneys still claim their clients stole nothing from the city of Perth Amboy. The U.S. attorney calls both sentences appropriate and fair.
Where the men serve the sentences and when they begin will be determined by the Bureau of Prisons.
Theft charges against former Perth Amboy mayor dropped