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Sharpe James

Born: 20-Feb-1936
Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mayor of Newark, 1986-2006

Military service: US Army (Germany, two years)

Mr. James was convicted in April on fraud and corruption charges for illegally steering nine parcels of city-owned land to Ms. Riley between 2001 and 2005. She paid a total of $46,000 for the lots and resold them -- often just weeks later -- for a total of $665,000 without making any improvements to them. In addition to the fraud and corruption charges, Ms. Riley, 39, was found guilty of tax evasion and of lying about her income to collect housing subsidies.[1]

[1] Allen Mitchell and Mitchell L. Blumenthal, "Former Newark Mayor Gets 27-Month Sentence", New York Times, 30 July 2008.

Wife: Mary Mattison (three sons)
Son: John
Son: Elliott
Son: Kevin
Mistress: Tamika Riley (publicist, b. circa 1969)

    High School: South Side High School, Newark, NJ (1954)
BA Education, Montclair State University (1958)
    University: MA Physical Education, Springfield College (1961)
    Teacher: Broadway Junior High School, Newark, NJ (1961-62)
    University: Washington State University (1962-63)
    Teacher: Quitman Street Junior High, Newark, NJ (c. 1963-68)
    Teacher: Clinton Place Junior High, Newark, NJ (c. 1963-68)
    Teacher: Weequahic High School, Newark, NJ (c. 1963-68)
    Teacher: West Side High School, Newark, NJ (c. 1963-68)
    Professor: Education, Essex County College, Newark, NJ (1968-86)

    Mayor of Newark, NJ (1986-2006)
    New Jersey State Senate (1999-2008)
    City Council of Newark, NJ at Large (1982-86)
    City Council of Newark, NJ South Ward (1970-82)
    Gore 2000
    Sharpton 2004
    Mail Fraud 2007 (convicted)
    Wire Fraud 2007 (convicted)
    Corruption 2007 (convicted)
    Fraud 2008 (five counts, convicted)

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