Deal, NJ - Politicians, Syrian Jews Arrested in Federal Money Laundering Sweep
Last updated on: July 23, 2009 08:21 AM
FBI and IRS agents are making the roundups all across the state in what is being described as one of the biggest investigations of its kind in Jersey’s scandal-plagued history.
It appears to be a corruption related investigation but justice department and FBI spokesmen would not comment on the details this morning.
Arrests and searches are underway across Jersey City, Secaucus and numerous Hudson and Bergen county locations.
In past years, New jersey has seen more than 100 corruption-related arrests of public officials. No word on the specific charges against those being rounded up today. A press conference is expected later today.
Among those arrested this morning were Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Baldini, Hoboken Mayor Peter Camarano and and Secaucus Mayor Denis Elwell, authorities said that the arrests are for international money laundering and corruption probe that includes community leaders, five rabbis in the Syrian Jewish communities of Deal and Brooklyn.
Agents also raided religious institutions to make arrests and collect information. An employee at the Ohel Yaacob synagogue on Ocean Avenue in Deal said authorities searched the office early this morning.
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