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Massachusetts mayor charged with extortion

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A city mayor was arrested Tuesday by federal agents and charged with extorting $10,000 in campaign contributions a week before election day, an FBI official said.

Mayor Richard Goyette, 36, accepted two illegal campaign contributions of $5,000 each, said Michael O'Reilly, the FBI's top agent in western Massachusetts. By law, candidates are allowed to accept a maximum of $500 from each donor.

Goyette, who was in federal custody and expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, is running for a second term in next week's election.