Pursuant to a major corruption probe allegedly involving money laundering and bid rigging, FBI agents have swept through northern New Jersey and Brooklyn, NY this morning and arrested more than 30 high profile public individuals, including several city mayors and rabbis, as reported by Joe Ryan for The Star-Ledger:
The suspects are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Newark later today. Those arrested include Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean), Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, and Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega.
In a subsequent article Joe Ryan writes for The Star-Ledger that the suspects were arrested following "a two year probe that began with an investigation of money transfers by members of the Syrian enclaves in Deal and Brooklyn," and "those arrested this morning include key religious leaders in the tight-night, wealthy communities." The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, NJ will be holding a noon-time press conference to disclose the details.
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