More New Jersey Contractor Corruption!!

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More bad news for New Jersey contractors!!




New Jersey continues to crackdown on development & builder political corruption

FBI raids the home of former mayor of Marlboro, while a former mayor of Ashury Park Kenneth "Butch" Saunders is set to be sentenced in federal court in Newark July 8 for conspiring four years ago to bribe a city councilwoman, for her votes on redevelopment. Ocean Township Mayor Terrance D. Weldon, pleaded guilty in October 2002 to extorting bribes from land developers in that township.



FBI raid former Marlboro mayor's home

MARLBORO --- A raid by federal agents on the home of a former mayor is the latest move in an expanding probe into whether developers influenced local politicians to get projects approved, according to a published report. "We're investigating allegations of bribery, extortion and public corruption in Marlboro and the former Marlboro political climate," Edward J. Kahrer, an FBI supervisory special agent, told the Asbury Park Sunday Press.



Ex-Asbury mayor to be sentenced July 8 for bribe plot, tax fraud

ASBURY PARK -- Former city Mayor Kenneth "Butch" Saunders is set to be sentenced in federal court in Newark July 8 for conspiring four years ago to bribe a city councilwoman for her votes on redevelopment so that he could get his own corrupt payments if a deal went through.

McCarren is the lead prosecutor of charges against several Monmouth County officials the past two years, including former Ocean Township Mayor Terrance D. Weldon, who pleaded guilty in October 2002 to extorting bribes from land developers in that township.



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http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,991108,00.html

FBI raid former Marlboro mayor's home

Courier News on June 28, 2004

MARLBORO --- A raid by federal agents on the home of a former mayor is the latest move in an expanding probe into whether developers influenced local politicians to get projects approved, according to a published report.

"We're investigating allegations of bribery, extortion and public corruption in Marlboro and the former Marlboro political climate," Edward J. Kahrer, an FBI supervisory special agent, told the Asbury Park Sunday Press.

IRS and FBI agents on Friday seized more than 15 boxes of documents from the home of former Mayor Matthew V. Scannapieco in a search for unreported income, the newspaper reported.

Scannapieco's lawyer, Mitchell Ansell, said the former mayor has not done anything wrong. No charges were filed.

The newspaper reported that the FBI investigation started three years ago and has resulted in the questioning of dozens of officials and the seizure of thousands of zoning, engineering and planning documents.

"Most people are aware that the FBI is in our town and there is an ongoing investigation," Mayor Robert Kleinberg said. "It concerns me whenever people who are in positions of leadership are being investigated by the FBI. However, until specific criminal charges are made, there's little I can do."

The FBI declined to discuss details of the investigation, the newspaper said.

One court record links Scannapieco, a commissioner with the state Victims of Crime Compensation Board, to a prominent developer in town, Anthony Spalliero.

Spalliero is responsible for negotiations with the town that have resulted in having land rezoned for one out of every 16 of its homes.

In an 1999 affidavit filed in state Superior Court in a group's lawsuit against town officials, Scannapieco's ex-wife said the two men once discussed a proposal the developer had pending before the Planning Board. After the phone call, the mayor told members of the board to OK the project, alleged Barbara Scannapieco.

The two men deny having the conversation. The newspaper reported their friendship started in 1992.

Spalliero said he is not concerned with the investigation.

"I'm an easy mark. It's easy to pick on me," he said.

A councilman and attorney who served on the Planning Board said the FBI questioned him about the former mayor last year.

"If there is an investigation going on, you have to let it play out and let the chips fall where they may," said Barry Denkensohn. "You don't want to create a firestorm and accuse someone improperly and tarnish their reputation."

Scannapieco decided not to seek a fourth term last year. The decision was partly based on questions raised about his relationship with former Republican Senate President John O. Bennett III.

Bennett, the township's longtime attorney who has temporarily stepped down from the post, has acknowledged double-billing Marlboro on two occasions, but blamed a clerical error. State and federal investigations into his billing practices are ongoing, the newspaper reported.

from the Courier News website www.c-n.com

http://www.app.com/app/story/0,21625,989772,00.html

Ex-Asbury mayor to be sentenced July 8 for bribe plot, tax fraud

Asbury Park Press 6/26/04

By NANCY SHIELDS
COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU

ASBURY PARK -- Former city Mayor Kenneth "Butch" Saunders is set to be sentenced in federal court in Newark July 8 for conspiring four years ago to bribe a city councilwoman for her votes on redevelopment so that he could get his own corrupt payments if a deal went through.

Saunders, 59, also will be sentenced that day by U.S. District Judge John C. Lifland on a separate guilty plea to tax fraud.

On Thursday, Lifland sentenced Saunders' political aide, Rayfield James, to three years in prison and three years' supervised release on the same conspiracy charge that a jury found both men guilty of Dec. 15.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. McCarren, chief of the public protection unit, said yesterday that James, 47, probably will be transferred in the next few weeks to a federal facility.

James had requested to do his time in a prison in Colorado that had certain drug treatment programs, McCarren said.

James has been in the Passaic County Jail since Oct. 27, 2003, after he tested positive for drugs, a violation of his bail before his December 2003 trial.

McCarren is the lead prosecutor of charges against several Monmouth County officials the past two years, including former Ocean Township Mayor Terrance D. Weldon, who pleaded guilty in October 2002 to extorting bribes from land developers in that township.

Weldon has not been sentenced, and authorities said at the time of his pleading that he was not cooperating in the investigation. Asked yesterday if Weldon now is cooperating, McCarren answered: "We never confirm or deny when someone's cooperating."

Conversations taped

Saunders and James were found guilty of conspiring to pass along bribe money to former City Councilwoman Sheila Solomon to obtain her vote on waterfront redevelopment.

Most of the evidence consisted of conversations Solomon secretly recorded with Saunders or James from March to October 2000.

The government said Saunders and James needed Solomon's vote to ensure that Joseph Barry, a Hoboken developer, would build in Asbury Park, and that Barry would enrich them as well as pay off Solomon's property debts.

Barry has denied James' allegations and has not been charged in the case. Earlier this week, Barry pleaded guilty to paying $115,000 in bribes to former Hudson County Executive Robert C. Janiszewski in 2000 and 2001 for help in obtaining federal and state funding for a Hoboken waterfront project.

Solomon secretly taped James, Saunders and others over a two-year period. The FBI paid her $15,000. The tapes recorded from March to October 2000 were made at a time when the competing developers for the Asbury Park waterfront had all agreed to work together with the state under a settlement reached before Superior Court Judge Alexander Lehrer in Freehold.

The former City Council came together on that plan in the summer of 2000, but former beachfront developer Joseph Carabetta opposed it and got backing from his federal bankruptcy judge in Connecticut to prevent the plan from going through.

In 2001, a new City Council took office and new developers bought out Carabetta and embarked on the current waterfront redevelopment.

Sentencing guidelines

McCarren has said Saunders and James face between 27 months and 60 months on the conspiracy charge. In addition, Saunders faces a maximum of three years on each of three tax fraud charges to which he pleaded guilty in early February.

Saunders admitted to submitting fraudulent tax returns for 1997, 1999 and 2000. He claimed grandchildren he did not have, child and dependent care costs to which he was not entitled and fraudulent unreimbursed job expenses from his duties as a city councilman and mayor.

As part of his plea agreement, he had to file accurate amended returns for the years 1997 through 2001 before his sentencing, and had to either pay what he owed the government or make arrangements to do so. The plea agreement said the amount was between $8,000 and $13,500.

Saunders was first elected to fill an unexpired City Council term in November 1996. In May 1997, he won a four-year term as mayor. He attempted to run for another term in 2001 but turned his petitions in after a 5 p.m. deadline on filing day and was disqualified from running.



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Originally Posted By: Nick Gromicko
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New Jersey is… well… New Jersey.


Nick


Originally Posted By: rfarruggia
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Yo bub, you got a problem with that?


Originally Posted By: jhand
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None of that stuff happens down in innocent south jersey, I say we should make another attempt to break away. We could have our own Hi legislation then too. icon_biggrin.gif


Jim Hand


Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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Watch what you say nick…lots of bodies buried in Jersey icon_wink.gif a guy could wind up with a seat next to Hoffa’s



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