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Ex-Niagara Falls mayor takes deal

BUFFALO — Prosecutors will drop public corruption charges against a former Niagara Falls mayor in exchange for a guilty plea to filing false pension claims with his union.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Buffalo says Vincenzo Anello faces 10 months to 16 months in prison and up to $120,000 in restitution to the union at sentencing on Dec. 20.

The 64-year-old Anello pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge he made false statements to the electrical workers’ union. He admitted underreporting hours he’d worked, resulting in pension payments he wasn’t entitled to. Retirees may work only limited hours to keep the benefits.

Prosecutors will drop charges stemming from $40,000 Anello accepted from a businessman during and after his mayoral campaign. A city lease was awarded to the businessman when Anello was mayor from 2004 to 2007.