Ex-city official gets prison term for kickback scheme

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A city official has received a prison term for taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks from two contractors after he gave them work that wasn't performed or done for a significantly inflated price. Erik Lowe, a Paterson resident who served as a commissioner for the city's now-defunct Municipal Utilities Authority for six years, was sentenced Monday to nearly three years in prison. He also must pay $236,400 in restitution. Lowe pleaded guilty to two counts of committing extortion under color of official right. 

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