A former New Jersey mayor has been convicted of falsifying documents and stealing a relative's identity to purchase a farm property in late 2009.
Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was convicted at trial Thursday after prosecutors said he lied on a loan application and convinced a client of his investment company to invest $250,000 in a company that didn't exist until Lucas formed it three days later.
He also used a relative's name and social security number to set up that company.
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Lucas was found guilty of charges including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, obstruction and making false statements to the IRS.
Loan application fraud carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a $1 million fine.