David D'Amiano refused to implicate McGreevey when he admitted in federal court to extorting $40,000 in cash and political donations from Mark Halper, a Middlesex County farmer who was fighting a government plan to condemn his land. D'Amiano encouraged McGreevey to say 'Machiavelli' during a February 2003 conversation with Halper, who recorded conversations in cooperation with the FBI. D'Amiano and Halper previously agreed that McGreevey and Middlesex County officials involved in the scheme should use a word during their meetings to indicate that "they knew a deal was in place" for them to act in his favor.
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