The sentencing date set of tomorrow for Frank “Pupie” Raia for directing a 2013 voter fraud scheme involving Vote-by-Mail ballots oddly came up a day early with a surprise outcome.
Raia who had failed to obtain a new trial saw several earlier sentencing dates come and go before the surprise announcement this morning he was sentenced in Newark federal court to three months in federal prison with a $50,000 fine.
According to the Department of Justice spokesman, after serving his sentence Raia will be subject to a year of supervised release.
Raia’s sidekick soldier, Dio Braxton, saw his sentencing originally planned for tomorrow in tandem adjourned.
Frank “Pupie” Raia seen in this vintage pic watching a City Council meeting will be going away.
His sentence of three months will have Hoboken chattering.
Raia faced a maximum sentence of up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine after being convicted before a jury last July.
In 2013, Raia was a council candidate backing a mayoral slate which finished third while he came in seventh place and out of the running for a council seat. His efforts opposed to a rent control ballot question were also soundly defeated.