Byron says he won’t resign as Wildwood mayor

Wildwood mayor Pete Byron said he plans to continue his role as mayor of Wildwood despite pleading guilty to federal tax charges and facing charges of defrauding the state of health benefits. Byron is scheduled to receive a sentence for the federal charges August 2 and could receive three years in prison for not claiming $40 K in income from a job from Gloucester County he held in 2017 and 2018. In the health benefit case, the state charges Byron, along with former mayor Ernest Troiano Jr and commissioner Steven Mikulski, claimed state health benefits meant for full-time workers for which they did not qualify. All three plead not guilty and refused a plea deal, instead taking the case to trial. In a report from NJ Advanced Media, Byron said via text ,“I have no intention on [sic] resigning at this time,” but had no further comment.

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