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Hudson County Corruption
Kenny Conviction Means He Could Get Five years
To Be Sentenced Oct. 11

Jersey Journal

NEWARK (UP) – Bernard F. Kenny today faced penalties of up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine after his conviction of concealing partnership in an architectural frim while he headed the Jersey City Development Agency.

A jury of 10 women and two men returned the guilty verdict to U.S. Circuit Court Judge Gerald McLaughlin only one hour and 50 minutes after it went out yesterday. It was Kenny's second trial. The first ended in a hung jury.

McLaughlin set Oct. 11 as the date for sentencing.

Kenny was head of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency from May, 1950 to April 1954. In 1951, the architectural firm of Mascolo & Masumiam of Jersey City had two $15,000 contracts with the agency for surveying and planning work for two housing projects.

Two thirds of the cost was paid with funds of the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency.

The government charged Kenny was a partner in the firm whike he was head of the agency and profited from the contracts. Kenny and partners in the firm testified during the trial that Kenny left Mascolo and Masumiam when he took the job with the agency and did not return until he left the agency.

Government witnesses testified, however, that Kenny did work for the firm while he was employed by the agency.

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