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Paterson Mayor Faces Fraud, Extortion Charges

January 25, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Paterson Mayor Martin Barnes was indicted on federal bribery charges for allegedly accepting cash and lavish gifts from companies doing business with the state's third-largest city.

The 40 charges include fraud, extortion, filing false tax returns, lying to federal agents and witness tampering.

The indictment alleges Barnes accepted money and perks that included 14 overseas trips, home improvements, a swimming pool, designer suits and furniture.

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