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Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Indicted On Bribery, Extortion Charges

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - Trenton Mayor Tony Mack was indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges on Thursday.

Mack, his brother and an associate face an eight-count indictment on charges of extortion, bribery and mail and wire fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

The charges stem from an alleged scheme to accept $119,000 in bribes in exchange for Mack's official actions and influence in the development of a parking garage on city-owned land, prosecutors said.

Tony Mack, 46, Joseph 'JoJo' Giorgianni, 63, and Ralphiel Mack, 40, originally were charged on Sept. 10 on one count of extortion.

Thursday's indictment added the extra charges against the men.

The Trenton City Council issued a vote of no confidence shortly after Mack's September arrest, but the mayor has remained in his position.

If convicted, the three men could face big fines and lengthy prison sentences, according to prosecutors.

The same day the indictment was handed up in Trenton, Mayor Mack asked Gov. Chris Christie for more police in the state's capital. The 24th homicide of the year was recorded in Trenton on Tuesday.

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