Passaic mayor indicted in corruption probe
City of Passaic Mayor Sammy Rivera has been indicted on bribery and extortion charges.
Rivera was arrested along with 10 others in September as part of a corruption probe by federal officials. Authorities say Rivera accepted $5,000 in exchange for his political influence.
According to the two-count indictment, Rivera held multiple meetings in August of 2007 to help an undercover company obtain a broker-of-record designation in Passaic for insurance brokerage services. The mayor allegedly agreed to a price of $50,000 for his participation in securing the contract.
Rivera allegedly promised influence over City Council votes, telling a witness "I can get four votes easy, easy, easy."
If convicted on the attempted extortion charge, Rivera faces up to 20 years in prison. The bribery charge comes with a maximum sentence of 10 years.
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