In what is yet another example of why it is so important to examine business activities of a candidate's relatives and close associates, former Newark mayor Sharpe James was convicted of fraud on April 16th. The New York Times reports James was convicted in federal court of arranging the sale of city-owned property to his former girlfriend who flipped the property for a large profit. The U.S. Attorney's Office press release can be found here. While the buying and selling of real estate by a candidate's friends and relatives in and of itself is usually not an issue, when the real estate is purchased from a public entity with which the candidate has influence it warrants a closer examination. James still faces additional federal corruption charges for improperly using city-issued credit cards.