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2 with ties to Mayor William Lantigua indicted

Former aide, police official both face political corruption charges

Lawrence’s deputy police chief and Mayor William ­Lantigua’s former chief of staff were indicted Tuesday by an Essex County grand jury on multiple political corruption charges, including conspiracy and extortion, according to ­Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

Melix Bonilla, the deputy police chief and Lantigua’s 2009 campaign manager, was charged with falsely transferring the ownership of 13 motor vehicles from the Police Depart­ment to an auto dealer with close ties to Lantigua, Blodgett said.

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