Former Assemblyman Van Pelt convicted in corruption trial

(AP) - A jury has found a former New Jerseylawmaker guilty of accepting a bribe and attempted extortion.

Former Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt was accused of accepting$10,000 from an FBI informant who posed as a developer.

Wednesday's verdict was the second conviction in the state'slargest public corruption sting.

Prosecutors said Van Pelt promised to use his position to helpSolomon Dwek gain development approvals.

The Ocean County Republican testified that he considered Dwek aclient in his fledgling consulting business.

Jurors on Tuesday reviewed videotapes and the testimony of astate ethics expert.

Van Pelt could face up to 20 years for the attempted extortioncharge and up to 10 years on the bribery charge.

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