Ex-Newark Official Charged In Redevelopment Bribery Scheme

Law360 (November 19, 2020, 8:10 PM EST) -- A former Newark city official was charged on Thursday with accepting more than $156,000 worth of cash and jewelry in return for helping two pawnbrokers secure property redevelopment contracts with the city, federal prosecutors said.

The government hit longtime state politician Carmelo Garcia with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery related to a federally funded local government, according to the criminal complaint.

Garcia, 45, is Newark's former deputy mayor and ex-acting economic and housing director, as well as the former executive vice president for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, an organization prosecutors described as the city's "lead developer and...

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