Hoboken Mayor Arrested: NJ Politicians in FBI Corruption Bust
Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano was arrested today, along with Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega Jr., and State Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt , as well as Rabbi Saul Kassin and several others connected with Deal Yeshiva, in a large-scale FBI money-laundering and public corruption bust. The investigation leading up to today has been going on for two years. Peter Cammarano, arrested today, has only been mayor of Hoboken for just over a month.
At least 44 people were arrested, including rabbis associated with Deal Yeshiva, which has schools in West Long Branch and Ocean Township. The list of those arrested also includes several former and would-be public officials, including former Assemblyman Louis Manzo and Jersey CIty Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini.
Also caught in the dragnet was Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, a Brooklyn man accused of trafficking human kidneys (also see below).
The roundup of suspects is one of the largest ever in New Jersey, where more than 100 public officials have been convicted of corruption in the past few years.
A press conference is expected later today.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who has fought corruption in New Jersey's largest city, says it's "an unbelievable morning so far."
The probe also involves international trafficking in body parts, sources said.
One of the arrested, Rabbi Saul Kassin, is the son of Jacob Kassin, the onetime chief rabbi of the Syrian Sephardic community in Deal. Marra said the clergy members "cloaked their extensive criminal activity behind a facade of rectitude."
One Brooklyn man stood out in the sweeping list of arrest - Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, accused of trafficking in human organs. For 10 years, Rosenbaum convinced vulnerable people to donate their kidneys for $10,000 and then sold them for $160,000 to the recipients, prosecutors said
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