- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A judge has spared any prison time for a former New Jersey mayor who failed to disclose his financial relationship with a developer who did business with his town.

Instead, the judge on Friday sentenced 66-year-old Lawrence Durr of Chesterfield to four years of probation. Durr also agreed to forfeit $250,000. If the former mayor and committeeman fails to comply, he’ll face 364 days in the county jail.

Durr pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to tamper with public records. He admitted filing ethics forms in which he did not disclose his ties to Renaissance Properties.

Prosecutors say Durr bought a farm and sold the “transfer development rights” to Renaissance at a prearranged price. They say he effectively obtained the farm for free and turned an extra profit of $372,500.

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