Former Niagara Falls mayor handed 13-month sentence

NEW YORK (BestGrowthStock) – A former mayor of Niagara Falls, New York was sentenced to 13 months in prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to making false statements to his union in order to receive his pension.

During his successful bid for mayor in 2003, Vincenzo Anello received $40,000 from businessman Joseph Anderson and, a year later, helped Anderson win a lease for a city property, U.S. prosecutors said.

When Anello, a retired electrician, left office in 2007, he did electrical work for Anderson in excess of the maximum hours allowed by his union for him to qualify for his pension.

Anello told the union he worked seven hours a week when he worked full-time, prosecutors said.

“By filing the false claims, Anello fraudulently collected his pension even though he was not eligible,” the office of the Buffalo U.S. Attorney said in a statement.

Anello, 64, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William Skretny in Buffalo federal court.

(Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)

Former Niagara Falls mayor handed 13-month sentence