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Friday, July 24, 2009

Do New Jersey & Cleveland RICO-chet?

In New Jersey this week, the corruption probe feds raided offices and homes to confiscate records and on the same day arrested 44 suspects including three mayors, a deputy mayor, some councilmen, a state legislator and five rabbis charged in an alleged wide-ranging public corruption and fraud scheme.

That all led back to Solomon Dwek, a ringleader who Jersey media say got busted in a 2006 $28 million scam, charged but not indicted, then snitched on everybody each year through this week.

That sounds like busts you read about in Racketeering Influential and Corrupt Organizations cases like the RICOish raid by FBI and IRS agents of home and office of a Cuyahoga County commissioner and of the Cuyahoga County auditor and multiple county government and contractor offices.

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