The former Passaic mayor was recently sentenced to more than two years in federal prison on bribery charges.
Alex Blanco was the previous mayor of Passaic NJ until he had to resign because of the corruption allegations. Blanco allegedly solicited bribes from developers and then gave federal housing funds to the developers.
He was placed under arrest last year and eventually reached a deal with prosecutors: he pleaded guilty to bribery charges.
Now Blanco is headed to prison after being sentenced in the case. He recently appeared in US District Court in Newark, where a federal judge approved the plea agreement and sentenced Blanco to 27 months behind bars.
In addition to the prison time, the former Passaic NJ mayor was ordered to pay $110,000 in restitution. Moreover, Blanco will be subject to probation and supervised release for a period of three years after he completes his prison sentence.
The judge could have imposed a sentence of 46 months in federal prison but opted for the more lenient sentence because of Blanco’s “admirable” life of public service before the bribery and corruption.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Ex-Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco Gets 2 Years in Prison in Bribery Scheme.”