Ex-mayor convicted on federal corruption charges moves from prison to halfway house

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, New Jersey — The former mayor of New Jersey's largest suburb has been moved from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to a halfway house in Philadelphia.

The Times of Trenton (http://bit.ly/1GqtgSP) reports that 60-year-old John Bencivengo served more than 18 months following his conviction on corruption charges. He's now scheduled to complete his sentence by June 2015, more than a year earlier than expected.

The former Hamilton Township mayor was convicted in November 2012 of extortion, money laundering and bribery-related counts. He resigned the following day and eventually received a 38-month sentence.

Federal prosecutors said Bencivengo accepted more than $7,000 in bribes from a health insurance broker between May and July 2011. In exchange, he promised to help the broker keep a contract with the township's school district.

Information from: The (Trenton, New Jersey) Times, http://www.nj.com/times

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