PERTH AMBOY – A federal appeals court has rejected former Assemblyman and Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas’ appeal of his 2010 conviction on corruption charges.
The panel ruled that there was sufficient evidence for jurors to find Vas guilty, and upheld U.S. District Court Judge Susan D. Wigenton’s decision to deny his request for a new trial.
“In sum we reject the suggestion that there was a miscarriage of justice, and hold that the district court did not abuse it discretion in denying Vas motion for a new trial,” the judges said in their opinion.
Vas is currently serving a 6½-year sentence in federal prison for quickly flipping an apartment building he owned and channeling some of the profits into his 2006 congressional campaign in an illegal “straw donors” scheme. The former public official is also serving a concurrent eight-year sentence on state corruption charges.
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