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BY ANDREW GIBSON
ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE

Trenton, New Jersey Mayor Tony Mack and two of his associates were indicted Thursday on eight counts related to extortion and bribery. News 12 in Newark has more.

“Mack is accused of soliciting bribes in exchange for using his influence to get a parking garage built on city land.”

The indictment tacks on charges to the one Mack already faced after authorities raided his home in July and arrested him in September. It’s the result of a two-year sting in which a witness cooperating with the FBI posed as a developer, offering Mack and his associates …

“ … more than $119,000 in bribes in exchange for selling city property at a fraction of its value.”

The other men facing charges are Mack’s brother Ralphiel and longtime supporter Joseph "JoJo" Giorgianni. According to The Wall Street Journal, they …  

“ ... allegedly concealed the scheme by … [taking] the payments on the mayor's behalf, the indictment said. They allegedly limited their communication on the telephone, and when they did use phones, they used code words and aliases.”

The indictment was made possible because of FBI wiretaps and several recorded conversations. It’s the latest in a long line of troubles for Trenton’s mayor. After his September arrest, public TV station NJTV reported

“Mack’s two years in office have been rocky, from layoffs to lawsuits against the city alleging corruption, cronyism and wrongful termination. An effort to recall the mayor wasn’t successful.”

The Times of Trenton reports Mack maintains his innocence and quotes his lawyer as saying the mayor will enter a quote “emphatic not guilty plea.”

 

Trenton, N.J. Mayor Indicted on Bribery, Extortion Charges

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Dec 7, 2012

Trenton, N.J. Mayor Indicted on Bribery, Extortion Charges

(Image source: WTFX)

BY ANDREW GIBSON
ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE

Trenton, New Jersey Mayor Tony Mack and two of his associates were indicted Thursday on eight counts related to extortion and bribery. News 12 in Newark has more.

“Mack is accused of soliciting bribes in exchange for using his influence to get a parking garage built on city land.”

The indictment tacks on charges to the one Mack already faced after authorities raided his home in July and arrested him in September. It’s the result of a two-year sting in which a witness cooperating with the FBI posed as a developer, offering Mack and his associates …

“ … more than $119,000 in bribes in exchange for selling city property at a fraction of its value.”

The other men facing charges are Mack’s brother Ralphiel and longtime supporter Joseph "JoJo" Giorgianni. According to The Wall Street Journal, they …  

“ ... allegedly concealed the scheme by … [taking] the payments on the mayor's behalf, the indictment said. They allegedly limited their communication on the telephone, and when they did use phones, they used code words and aliases.”

The indictment was made possible because of FBI wiretaps and several recorded conversations. It’s the latest in a long line of troubles for Trenton’s mayor. After his September arrest, public TV station NJTV reported

“Mack’s two years in office have been rocky, from layoffs to lawsuits against the city alleging corruption, cronyism and wrongful termination. An effort to recall the mayor wasn’t successful.”

The Times of Trenton reports Mack maintains his innocence and quotes his lawyer as saying the mayor will enter a quote “emphatic not guilty plea.”

 

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