FBI raids home of New Jersey lawmaker

April 23, 2009 9:41:04 AM PDT
FBI agents searched the homes of former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas and a neighbor Thursday. Vas pleaded not guilty earlier this month to charges of stealing more than $5,000 in goods and services from the city while mayor.

The assemblyman is accused of rigging a public lottery to enable his former driver to win the opportunity to buy a home through a city affordable housing program.

His neighbor, former aide Melvin Ramos, is charged with soliciting fraudulent contributions to Vas' unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2006.


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