GUTTENBERG, N.J., April 29 (UPI) -- The mayor of Guttenberg, N.J., and his wife were convicted Tuesday of conspiracy to commit extortion and defrauding the Internal Revenue Service.
Jurors found that Mayor David Delle Donna and his wife, Anna, a former member of the planning board, took thousands of dollars in cash and gifts from the owner of a bar, in return ignoring liquor law violations and providing other favors, federal prosecutors said. The couple were also found guilty of failing to declare and pay taxes on rental income and the payments they received from the bar owner.
"We take no joy in the jury's verdict. But it is this office's responsibility to bring to justice those public officials who break the law," said U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.
Jurors acquitted the Delle Donnas of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Guttenberg, a four-block-wide slice of land across from midtown Manhattan, is the most densely populated town in the country. A previous mayor, Peter LaVilla, pleaded guilty in 2003 to failing to disclose the use of campaign contributions for personal expenses.
The Delle Donnas face up to six years in federal prison when they are sentenced in September.