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Former Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres Sentenced

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Former Mayor Joey Torres
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TRENTON, NJ – Former Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres was sentenced to five years in state prison on Tuesday.The sentence comes after Torres’ guilty pleas to charges related to directing city employees to perform work at a private warehouse leased by his daughter and nephew. The employees were being paid by the city at the time they performed the work.

Also sentenced on Monday were three former supervisors from the Paterson Department of Public Works.

In addition to the prison sentence, Torres also forfeited his position as mayor and is permanently barred from public office and public employment in New Jersey. Torres and his co-defendants will also jointly pay $10000 in restitution.

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In a joint statement issued after the sentencing New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino said that “Joey Torres corruptly used his vast power as mayor of New Jersey’s third-largest city to serve his own selfish ends, when he should have been serving the residents of Paterson.” 

“Torres thought he was above the law and is now on his way to prison.  This prison sentence demonstrates that nobody is above the law, least of all public officials who brazenly abuse the authority entrusted to them,”Porrino continued.

Torres was first elected mayor of Paterson in 2002 and served until 2010. Following his election defeat in 2010 Torres was reelected in 2014 and served until September 25 of this year when he resigned his office following his guilty plea.

 

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