A federal jury has found Mayor Tony F. Mack of Trenton, N.J., guilty of six charges ranging from extortion and bribery to fraud. Mack's brother was also convicted of conspiracy and bribery charges in the case, which involved plans for a parking garage.
The Justice Department announced the jury's ruling Friday evening. In a news release about the verdict, U.S. Attorney Fishman said that Mack and his brother, Ralphiel, had schemed to use the influence of the mayor's office to extract money in exchange for easing development on city-owned land. Their trial lasted five weeks.
"The jury's verdict solidly affirms what we first charged more than a year ago – that Tony Mack, with the helping hands of his brother and their cohorts, sold the mayor's office and sold out the people of Trenton," Fishman said Friday.
Both of the Macks were found guilty of "conspiracy to obstruct and affect interstate commerce" under official right and extortion, along with accepting bribes. The mayor was also convicted of two counts of wire fraud and one of mail fraud.
Another defendant, Joseph A. Giorgianni, had previously pleaded guilty to having a role in the scheme, in addition to weapons and drugs charges. A Trenton city employee named Charles Hall also pleaded guilty in the case..