Ex-mayor begins serving state prison sentence

Former Perth Amboy Mayor Joe Vas is back in New Jersey to begin serving a state prison sentence stemming from corruption charges.



The former mayor and assemblyman just finished serving a 6½-year federal prison sentence in Connecticut for a 2010 conviction of mail fraud, misapplying government funds and making false statements to the FBI. Prosecutors say Vas used state affordable-housing money to help entice the buyer of an apartment building that he owned in 2006.



The state charges are tied to money-laundering to support his 2006 congressional campaign.



The 62-year-old is scheduled to be released in June.


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