Anti-Corruption Dragnet Catches Two Mayors, Two State Legislators And Public Officials

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – CNN reports that two mayors and two state legislators are among 11 public officials arrested in New Jersey as part of a corruption investigation, the U.S. attorney’s office in Trenton announced Thursday.

“The defendants allegedly demanded and accepted payments ranging from $1,500 to $17,500 at any one time,” the release from the U.S. attorney’s office alleges. “In most cases, the defendants sought to establish and perpetuate a corrupt relationship with the cooperating witnesses to continue receiving bribes.”

State Assemblymen Mims Hackett Jr. and Alfred E. Steele — both Democrats — and Passaic Mayor Samuel Rivera are among those arrested, the news release says.

Steele also serves as undersheriff in Passaic County, just outside Newark. Hackett is also mayor of Orange. Watch who is involved »

Also arrested were Keith O. Reid, the chief of staff to the Newark City Council president, Passaic Councilman Marcellus Jackson and former Passaic Councilman Jonathan Soto, the release states.

Five current and former school board members in Pleasantville, just outside Atlantic City, were arrested, too: Jayson G. Adams, James T. McCormick, James A. Pressley, Rafael Velez and Maurice Callaway, who also serves on the City Council.

A private citizen, Louis Mister, was snatched up in the sting as well, the release states.

“Each of the 11 public officials and one associate accepted the corrupt payments from companies that offered insurance brokerage or roofing services to school districts and municipalities,” the news release said.

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