The New York Times reports that a major FBI sting operation is currently taking place across New Jersey. The mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus are a few of the elected officials currently in custody at FBI headquarters in Newark. The probe centers on charges of money laundering and political bid rigging.
According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger:
Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean), Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Denis Elwell and Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega are among those who have been already been brought to the FBI building in Newark. Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini has also been arrested. A total of 30 people have been taken into custody, officials said.
The corruption centers on, “an international money laundering and corruption probe that includes rabbis in the Syrian Jewish communities in Deal and Brooklyn.”
Other sweeps are taking place in Ocean, Monmouth, Hudson, and Bergen counties.
The sweep follows last year’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who is currently serving a 27 month sentence for fraud and conspiracy. And there was also the arrest of 11 elected officials in 2007 on bribery charges. The mayor of Atlantic City briefly disappeared last year pending a corruption probe.
Here’s the Star-Ledger‘s rundown of recent corruption probes and scandals throughout the state.
More on this subject as it develops.