Wednesday, May 4, 2005
The drumbeat of prosecutions arising from the Monmouth County, New Jersey, corruption probe continues with the arrest of developer Anthony Spalliero, who was charged with bribing former Marlboro Mayor Matthew Scannapieco and the former director of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders. According to a press release (here) from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
Spalliero offered and paid Scannapieco approximately $135,000 between 2001 and 2003 in conjunction with three development deals. Count One of the criminal complaint charges that between 2001 and 2002, Spalliero paid Scannapieco approximately $100,000 in exchange for Scannapieco's assistance in obtaining re-zoning and land-use approvals for a proposed development of the site of the former Marlboro Airport and surrounding property. In December 2002, during a recorded conversation, a business associate of Spalliero allegedly offered to provide a member of the Marlboro Township Council with approximately $150,000 in campaign funds in exchange for that council member's support of re-zoning and land-use proposals that Spalliero sought for the site of the Marlboro Airport and surrounding property.
The bribes to the freeholder director were allegedly paid on two occasions: First, in 2001 and 2002, Spalliero had a Monmouth County official deliver $5,000 in cash to the freeholder director at his home. Second, in 2002 and 2003, Spalliero and another developer paid the freeholder director $3,500 in cash, again by having the Monmouth County official deliver the money to the freeholder director at his home. The complaint alleges that the second payment was in exchange for the freeholder director's assistance on a planning issue for a Marlboro development.
The criminal complaint (here) charges Spalliero with violations of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 666. With all the indictments of Monmouth County officials, the last one left standing may have to turn out the lights.(ph)