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Old 07-23-09, 08:47 AM
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Report: 2 Mayors Held In NJ Corruption Case

Report: 2 Mayors Held In NJ Corruption Case
Deputy Mayor Also In Custody

POSTED: Thursday, July 23, 2009
UPDATED: 8:29 am CDT July 23, 2009

The mayors of two New Jersey cities and a state legislator were under arrest Thursday as part of a major corruption and international money laundering conspiracy probe.

Federal prosecutors said about 30 people have been arrested in the two-track investigation. They include Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III and Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell. Federal prosecutors said several rabbis in New York and New Jersey were also arrested.

CNN reported that Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Baldini also was in custody. Police said they were scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Newark on Thursday.

WNBC-TV in New York reported and showed images of the mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus being taken into FBI headquarters in Newark.

Radio station New Jersey 101.5 FM reported that the sweeps were taking place in Hudson, Bergen, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The stations said the probe centers on money-laundering and political bid rigging.

A news conference was scheduled for noon EDT at the U.S. attorney's office in Newark.

No other information was immediately available.

Distributed by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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