Closer look at arrested politicians

July 23, 2009 9:54:01 AM PDT
Here's a closer look at the public officials arrested Thursday as part of a major corruption and international money laundering conspiracy probe:
  • Peter Cammarano, 32, the newly elected mayor of Hoboken and an election law attorney; accused of accepting $25,000 in cash bribes.
  • L. Harvey Smith, 60, a New Jersey Assemblyman and recent mayoral candidate in Jersey City; accused of taking $15,000 in bribes to help get approvals from high-level state agency officials for building projects.
  • Daniel Van Pelt, 44, a New Jersey Assemblyman, Ocean Township mayor and Lumberton Township administrator; accused of accepting a $10,000 bribe.
  • Dennis Elwell, 64, Secaucus mayor; accused of taking a $10,000 cash bribe.
  • Anthony Suarez, 42, Ridgefield mayor and an attorney; accused of agreeing to accept a $10,000 corrupt cash payment for his legal defense fund.
  • Louis Manzo, 54, former state Assemblyman and recent unsuccessful Jersey City mayoral candidate; he and his brother, Robert Manzo, are accused of taking $27,500 in corrupt cash payments for use in Louis Manzo's campaign.
  • Leona Beldini, 74, Jersey City deputy mayor, real estate agent, and campaign treasurer for an unnamed Jersey City official's re-election campaign; accused of taking $20,000 in campaign contributions, which officials say she divided between donors, who would return the money to the campaign in increments of $2,600 - the maximum individual donation allowed under law.


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