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Former NJ mayor indicted for fraud, obstruction

2-7-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former central New Jersey mayor has been indicted on charges he falsified tax returns related to the purchase of a farm property.

Andrew Lucas is scheduled to appear in federal court in Trenton Friday.

The 36-year-old former mayor of Manalapan (muh-NAL’-uh-pann) was arrested Friday and charged in an 11-count indictment with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, obstruction, making false statements and other offenses. The most serious charge carries a maximum 30-year sentence.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges Lucas provided falsified tax returns when he applied for a loan to purchase a farm in 2009. He also allegedly used a relative’s name and Social Security number without the relative’s knowledge.

Lucas’ attorney said his client denies the charges and says they are an attempt to discredit his political career.