Former Jersey City deputy mayor set to be sentenced today
Former Jersey City deputy mayor Leona Beldini is scheduled to be sentenced today in Newark.
In February, Beldini was convicted on two counts of bribery for accepting $20,000 in illegal campaign donations.
The 75-year-old former city official was the first person convicted in cases stemming from New Jersey's largest federal corruption and money-laundering sting.
In post-trial motions, defense lawyer Brian Neary argued that the verdict was inconsistent, but U.S. District Judge Jose Linares dismissed the motions. Neary's attempts to delay the sentencing date, citing Beldini's health problems, were also dismissed.Beldini is facing up to 10 years in prison on each count and a fine of up to $500,000.