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Orange mayor faces prison time after pleading guilty to accepting kickbacks

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Mims Hackett, Jr., who served simultaneously as state assemblyman and mayor of Orange, has pleaded guilty to attempted extortion in federal court. Hackett admitted he accepted a $5,000 bribe in August 2007 from someone he thought was an insurance broker seeking help in getting more city business.

The “broker” turned out to be an FBI informant.

Hackett was caught in an FBI sting that began last fall as an outgrowth of an investigation into shady contracts in Pleasantville. The sting swept north, eventually netting guilty pleas from officials in Passaic, Paterson and Newark, as well as Orange.

Hackett faces a possible 18 to 24 months in prison after sentencing, which is scheduled for September.

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