United States: Ex-Newark official accused of taking bribes, using developers as ‘money wells’

A former deputy mayor in Newark was charged Thursday with taking thousands of dollars in bribes from two New Jersey businessmen in exchange for redevelopment agreements with the city, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

Carmelo Garcia, 45, of Hoboken, also a former state assemblyman, was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with several redevelopment projects, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement.

Also charged were Frank Valvano, 52, of Florham Park, and Irwin Sablosky, 60, of Springfield, the owners of a pawn shop and jewelry business, as well as a redevelopment company that operated in Newark.

The original full article can be found at northjersey.com


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