Former Paterson, New Jersey Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison with no possibility of parole.
Torres, Joe Mania, Timothy Hanlon and Imad “Eddie” Mowaswes pleaded guilty Sept. 22 to conspiracy to committee official misconduct, admitting that the three employees performed renovations at a beer distribution business owned by the mayor’s daughter and nephew while they were getting overtime from city taxpayers.
Under the deal, five years was the maximum sentence Torres could have received.
The state agreed to allow the three employees to avoid jail time in exchange for their willingness to testify against Torres. They face probationary sentences.
All four men were forced to give up their city jobs as part of the plea agreement. Torres, who served 11 years as mayor and 12 years as a councilman, is banned from holding any public employment or office.
The plea agreements did not say whether the four men would be able to keep their state pensions. That would be up to the state retirement board for public employees, authorities said.
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