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As you may have heard, today the sword fell on John Corea.

An Ocean County judge delivered a sentence 7 years in the slammer- state prison and a $300,000 restitution to Hoboken. This surprised a lawyer friend of mine  who called it a "tough" sentence,  "significant considering it was a plea deal" and though it was possibly because Corea "didn't cooperate" much.


And a plea it was: on December 19, 2011, Corea plead guilty to the theft of 600K from Hoboken parking meters.  From Patch:
According to the Attorney General, Corea admitted that, as director of the Hoboken Parking Utility, he steered three separate no-bid contracts to United Textile Fabricators to collect, count and manage the coins from the city’s parking meters. He admitted that he made false statements to the city council about the qualifications and experience of the company, which is a coin-operated arcade game manufacturer.

He further admitted that he came to believe that United Textile and its owner, Brian Petaccio, 51, of Toms River, had stolen a substantial amount of the city’s parking revenues, but didn't notify the city.

Petaccio pleaded guilty on Sept. 30, 2009 to stealing $1.1 million from Hoboken parking meters between June 2005 and April 2008.
GA's observation back then was how quickly the Corea plea came after Patrick Ricciardi's arrest- just 5 weeks.

A rather sudden turnabout from Corea's decision to wait for a trial... the criminal complaint had been languishing for 2 years. Until...

Ricciardi's lips started moving.

Or so one would think.  Because each individual email copied in the Ricciardi 'Archive' carries a separate charge of 'unauthorized interception of electronic communications', and with an estimate 100,000 emails (give or take) at 5 years a pop...

For those reading tea leaves, it may seem like they've dried and blown away.

GA is no longer asked, "When are they coming?"  Instead it's "ARE they coming?"

Well, as the FBI says on it's site:
FBI investigations vary in length. Once our investigation is complete, we forward the findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office within the local jurisdiction and to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., which decide whether or not to proceed toward prosecution and handle any prosecutions that follow.
Have any findings been referred to the  NJ Attorney General and/or US Attorney for consideration?

Who knows.  

GA imagines in our 'target rich environment' they have a smorgasbord of  crimes to pick and choose from.  Or not.

Remember Jersey City Official Lori Serrano's indictment for mail fraud last December?  Already busted in Bid Rig 3 for taking cash from FBI informant Solomon Dwek, the Feds circled around for a second hit- mail fraud- because Serrano submitted inaccurate ELEC reports  by mail.  Someone familiar with her case said the Feds did this because she was 'uncooperative'.

Well, in Hoboken, this kind of crime is just low-hanging fruit.

Brazen ELEC violations documented, certified by the candidate and sent by mail or electronically.

Like street money.
NJ statute 19:44A-11.7 prohibits candidates from distributing actual currency, or hard cash, to individual workers. Campaigns are prohibited from issuing bank checks made out to cash, which the law considers the functional equivalent of cash.  Violations of the 'street money statute'  rise to the level of a fourth degree felony and are punishable by a prison sentence of 18 months.
If the disbursement of street money- cash, can be ascertained from a campaign's ELEC reports, then presumably the NJ Attorney General or Hudson County Prosecutor could press charges.

If that same ELEC report is sent by the U.S. Postal Service or electronically, then the U.S. Attorney could pursue a mail fraud charge- a federal offense punishable by a prison sentence of up to 20 years.   

Umm... back to low hanging fruit...

Take a certified ELEC:

...citing dozens of checks made out to 'cash'...

...and evidence that multiple individuals were paid off the same check...

... and submitted by mail or wire.


All it would take is the will of the Feds, the NJ Attorney General, or the U.S. Attorney to pluck this low hanging banana off the tree.

GA wonders how the coming election factors into all of this- if it does.  Well, here's what we know.

The State sent a message with a tough sentence for the man who brought change from Hoboken.


  1. Be grateful for this felon getting 7 years, with a demand for restitution (good luck collecting it, though). Any single steps along the way....

    As for more sweeping action, AG or FBI, best to let go of any expectations. Then, any possible action will seem like a bonus!

    Instead, best to focus energies on the voter registration effort & Mason recall.

  2. Alex Lesiak, a leftover from the Cammarano campaign, sent up from DC by you-know-who, handled the street cash for Mason; he should be subpoenaed to testify when the time comes.

    When Mason lost her bid for mayor the first time and didn't even make it into the runoff, there was an angry unpaid mob of "campaign workers" that had to be quelled with just the right shade of green. Once again, it was Alex to the rescue so the she-bitch of Hudson Street could retreat to the Masonic temple to plot her revenge on Hoboken.

    1. Ah,that guy. Alex Lesiak got $4,100 in street money on Mason's 6/24/11 ELEC:

      So he was the Candy Man. Any idea who he works for down there?

      Who's the connection to him? Ricky? Menendez? Inquiring minds, you know.

    2. Menendez. He's ever the big salaam for the machine.

      Meanwhile, Christie strives to create his own. There will be some Lesiak-clone in his camp, if there's not already.

      The dot-connection is truly an immense, fascinating, & admirable endeavor. Along with the analysis.

      Always good to reinforce, so enough residents become vigilant & the Feds tasked with tracking local blogs see that vigilance.

      But folks do well to believe the FBI has connected the dots well-enough by now. RICO-enough, maybe. And that doesn't much matter unless the choice is made to take action. No public control over that decision.

      But citizens do have some power. Here & now action: voter registration and education. And recall.

  3. Castellano's and Russo's faces should be emblazoned on a coin bank (which only takes quarters) in the shape of an Atlantic City slot machine because that's where all our money went.

    Seven years? He'll be out in less than three. 300 grand? that's less than one of his investment apartments costs and nowhere near what he stole.

    Will the city move to seize property to satisfy the debt, or did he play the shell game and put everything into his wife's name like the Russos?


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