- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A former delegate of an International Longshoremen’s Association chapter in New Jersey is now headed to prison for conspiring to extort Christmas tributes from members.

Federal prosecutors say 55-year-old Robert Ruiz, of Watchung, received a 20-month sentence on Wednesday.

Ruiz was the delegate of ILA Local 1235 from approximately 2007 through 2010. He had pleaded guilty in May to the conspiracy charge.

Prosecutors say Ruiz and two other former ILA officers conspired to compel tribute payments from ILA union members, who made the payments based on actual and threatened force, violence and fear.

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