NJ mayor acquitted in federal corruption trial

AP News
Posted: Oct 27, 2010 5:41 PM
NJ mayor acquitted in federal corruption trial

A federal jury has acquitted a northern New Jersey mayor and convicted his associate in a trial stemming from a large-scale corruption sting last year.

Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez and tax preparer Vincent Tabbachino (tab-uh-KEEN'-oh) each faced two extortion counts and one bribery count. Tabbachino was acquitted of extortion conspiracy but convicted of attempted extortion and bribery.

The verdicts were announced midway through the fourth day of deliberations Wednesday.

Informant Solomon Dwek had testified that Suarez and Tabbachino agreed to accept money in exchange for helping him with approvals for a fictitious development project in Ridgefield.

The public corruption and money laundering sting netted nearly two dozen public officials as well as prominent members of Orthodox Jewish communities.

So far, 23 of the 46 defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted.