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Ex-Mayor Gets Nine-Year Prison Sentence

June 14, 1992|Reuters

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Former Waterbury, Conn., mayor Joseph J. Santopietro was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for orchestrating a corruption scheme that prosecutors alleged began even before he was inaugurated.

Santopietro was convicted in April of 18 counts of bribe-taking, bank fraud, embezzlement of U.S. and city funds and tax evasion in a wide-ranging corruption scandal he and an alderman hatched after his 1985 election.

Santopietro and the other Republican politicians were convicted at the trial of selling their votes to approve real estate development permits in exchange for payoffs.

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