Former Congressman John 'Jack' Murphy of Staten Island.Congressional Pictorial Directory/Wikipedia

John 'Jack' Murphy, a former Congressman from Staten Island who was convicted in the corruption scandal that inspired the movie American Hustle, died on Memorial Day.

He was an influential leader amongStaten Island's democrats, until he was convicted in a notoriousfederal bribery sting operation, Abscam, in which F.B.I. agents posing as wealthy Middle Eastern businessmen caught out politicians willing to take kickbacks in return for help with immigration and business matters.

Murphy was one of the politicians caught out by the program - he subsequently spent 16 months in prison. Before that, he was a Staten Island Congressman for nearly two decades.

His son unsuccessfully ran for congress in 2012.