US ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IN NJ TO APPEAL FRANK RAIA’S THREE MONTH SENTENCE
A notice of appeal has been filed by the Department of Justice in the US Attorney’s office with the US District Court surrounding the three month sentence issued to Frank Raia last month.
Raia who goes by the nickname “Pupie,” was convicted last summer for undertaking a conspiracy using his social club underlings to buy votes using Vote by Mails across mostly Hoboken Housing Authority buildings in 2013.
Word of the notice of appeal was confirmed earlier this afternoon with the DOJ spokesman in Newark. A motion detailing the appeal of Raia’s three month sentence will follow.
Rumors yesterday began circulating that “Pupie” wants less time in the clink than the three months sentencing for leading a Hoboken voter fraud ring. That may or may not be true but failed to get the actual facts.
It’s unclear for the moment if the defense for Rai filed a similar appeal seeking a reduction in his three month sentence or in response to the Feds notice of appeal.
After both the DOJ and defense make their respective court filings, a legal decision will assess Raia’s sentence issued by Judge William J. Martini.
|Frank “Pupie” Raia in 2013 during the time of the notorious “One Hoboken” campaign with his
pal, former councilwoman Beth Mason
Separately, a Raia solider, Dio Braxton, who earlier pleaded guilty for his role in the pay for Vote by Mail scheme awaits sentencing. His earlier sentencing date last year had been decoupled from Raia.
This story is breaking hard.