NJ Mayors, NY Rabbis Busted in Corruption Probe

Syrian Jews accused of money-laundering

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 23, 2009 9:34 AM CDT

(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.

Peter Cammarano, mayor of Hoboken, is seen in this photo from his campaign website.
Peter Cammarano, mayor of Hoboken, is seen in this photo from his campaign website.
This image from the New Jersey Legislature shows Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt.
This image from the New Jersey Legislature shows Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt.
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