Hope Diamond (aka. Leona Beldini)
During the 1950’s, Ms. Beldini wowed Burlesque audiences from Buffalo to Topeka.. After retiring, she became a successful real estate agent. Later, she entered politics in Jersey City, and rose to the office of Deputy Mayor..
Once there, she met Solomon Dwek: an FBI informant and wannabe real estate mogul. Envelopes exchanged hands. Assurances were given. Favorable treatment was expected, and granted. Meanwhile, everything was being recorded on video by the FBI.
In July of 2009, Ms. Beldini was arrested in a massive sting that snared dozens of public officials. Most of her co-conspirators pled guilty. But Leona decided to take her chances with a jury. In February 2010, a jury convicted her of 2 counts of bribery.
She’s 76 now. And this April 3rd, will begin serving a 3-Year prison sentence.. You can read more here..