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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 11:06 am

TRENTON - Closing arguments at the trial of a former New Jersey lawmaker accused of taking a bribe are under way Monday.

Former Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt is accused of accepting $10,000 from an FBI informant who posed as a developer.

The informant, Solomon Dwek, testified for three days.

The prosecution is telling jurors that government business is meant to be done in offices, not in cars, diners or Atlantic City casinos. Those are a few of the locations where they say Van Pelt met Dwek.

Van Pelt testified the money was a consulting retainer fee. He left both posts a week after taking the money, testifying that he intended to begin a developer consulting business.

Van Pelt was one of 44 people arrested in New Jersey's largest corruption sting.

This story is developing; check here for updates.

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