Elwell Reports to Prison

Former Secucus Mayor Dennis Elwell reported to federal prison in North Carolina Monday morning (June 18) to start serving a two-and-a-half-year term.

Elwell’s request to remain free during the appeal of his conviction was denied June 12 and he was required to surrender to authorities by June 18.

Elwell had his prison arrival date pushed back from June 4 to June 18 last month while a judge reviews his request to remain free during the appeal of his conviction.

Elwell, who filed his appeal on April 24, sought to remain out of jail until the appeal was decided. U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares had signed the order to delay his prison arrival while his request is considered.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office opposed Elwell’s attempt to stay out of jail.

Elwell was sentenced to 30 months in prison last month for accepting a $10,000 bribe from an FBI informant through Ronald Manzo, who testified against him.

He will serve his time at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C.