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NJ Mayor Indicted for Corruption

April 5, 2002

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Irvington Mayor Sara B. Bost has been indicted on federal charges that she took $8,500 in corrupt payments from two schemes and tried to tamper with a witness.

Bost accepted the cash in her Township Hall office at various times from 1995 to 1998, according to the five-count indictment handed up Thursday. The charges follow several years of allegations and an FBI raid last year at the office in Irvington, an impoverished city of 61,000 which abuts Newark’s western border.

Bost announced in March she would not seek a third term in May. She denied her decision was prompted by the ongoing federal investigation.

Bost did not return calls for comment Thursday. Her lawyer, Raymond A. Brown, would not speak with reporters, his office said.

No date has been set for her to appear in court and enter a plea.

She faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the two most serious charges, soliciting and accepting money to influence and attempted corrupt persuasion. She also faces three fraud charges, which each carry five-year terms. All the counts carry up to $250,000 in fines.

Bost, 54, became the first woman elected mayor of Irvington in 1994. Her political career began in 1986 when she was the township’s first black councilwoman.

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