For third time, sentencing of Hoboken politico Raia, convicted of VBM fraud, postponed


For the third time, the sentencing date for Hoboken politico Frank Raia, convicted of vote-by-mail fraud by a jury of his peers this summer, has been postponed.

Frank Raia. Photo via Flickr.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Raia, along with Dio Braxton, is now set to be sentenced on November 19th at 10 a.m. after being scheduled for Thursday, November 14th, according to the latest court filings in the case. No reason was listed for the latest delay.f

Raia, who, six years ago, was seeking a council-at-large seat and also pushing to loosen the city’s rent control laws via a ballot question, had some of his closest political allies testify against him at trial – a move that many interested parties believe sealed his fate.

He was convicted on June 26th, largely due to the testimony of cooperating witnesses Matt Calicchio, Michael Holmes, and Freddy Frazier.

His counsel filed a motion for a new trial on June 9th, later claiming in an August 9th brief that the testimony of the aforementioned trio could not be trusted since they were trying to “avoid prosecution or severe sentences.”

Raia faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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  1. It should be noted that Hoboken developer and political operative Frank “Pupie” Raia gave Councilman Michael DeFusco nearly $10,000 to finance his attempt to become mayor of Hoboken and was part of his campaign.

    • Who does he rat out next? Um…hopefully all of the guilty parties.

      These Holmes comments are hilarious, like you guys wouldn’t do the exact same thing and save your own butt from going to prison. Wake up: there’s no honor among thieves. All of these hacks engaged in illegal activity and are all just out for themselves.