Judge upholds corruption conviction of former NJ official

(AP) - A federal judge has upheld the conviction of a former Jersey City deputy mayor found guilty of accepting bribes to help a developer.

Leona Beldini, who was arrested last year in New Jersey'slargest federal corruption sting, was found guilty in February ofaccepting $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions.

The money came from an FBI informant posing as a real estatedeveloper.

At trial, Beldini, a 75-year-old Democrat, was acquitted of moreserious extortion charges.

In post-trial motions, defense lawyer Brian Neary argued thatthe verdict was inconsistent, but U.S. District Judge Jose Linaresdismissed the motions.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 14.

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