NJ Mayors, NY Rabbis Busted in Corruption Probe
Syrian Jews accused of money-laundering
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2009 9:34 AM CDT
Peter Cammarano, mayor of Hoboken, is seen in this photo from his campaign website.

(Newser) – In a huge corruption bust, FBI agents arrested 30 people today, including the mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, the deputy mayor of Jersey City, a New Jersey assemblyman, and several Brooklyn and New Jersey rabbis, the Star-Ledger reports. The arrests stem from a 2-year money-laundering probe centered on New York’s Syrian Jewish community. Agents raided religious institutions and arrested religious leaders from wealthy communities.

The investigation, by the FBI and IRS, eventually broadened into a public corruption probe. Those nabbed include Daniel Van Pelt, a New Jersey state lawmaker since 1988; Peter Cammarano, the newly elected mayor of Hoboken; and Dennis Elwell, 64, who’s been mayor of Secaucus for more than 20 years. Indictments have not yet been released. Court appearances are expected later today.

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Jul 25, 2009 5:41 AM CDT
Why does it always have to be the other party with you Jayster999? You've already admitted that politicians are prone to corruption, so simply accept that by the good luck of fate these politicians were caught. And for the record, it's not that Democrats can't admit they have corrupt members of their party, iLord knows they have several, it's just that with the exception of this story Republicans have been in and out of the news for the past few weeks.
Jul 23, 2009 5:21 AM CDT
How much of this money was going to AIPAC?
Jul 23, 2009 5:21 AM CDT
Hmmmmm the Mayors, (Peter Cammarano, Dennis Elwell), are Democrats, but the Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt was a Republican, so if you are trying to point fingers, omitting a Republicans verifies you know both oparties are corrupt, your just in denial a Republican is involved in this article.