- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A former president of Paterson’s city council is headed to prison for accepting bribes from someone posing as a real estate developer.

Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Anthony Davis received a two-year sentence Wednesday. He also will have to serve two years of supervised release once he’s freed.

Davis had pleaded guilty last December to attempting to obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion under color of official right.

Prosecutors say Davis accepted $5,000 in cash from the alleged developer on two occasions, once in April 2012 and again in July 2012. The developer actually was a cooperating witness providing information to federal authorities.

Davis accepted the money in exchange for promising to inform the developer’s lender that the Paterson city council supported the developer’s business endeavors.

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