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The five current or former New Jersey public officials to be confronted with the charges of accepting a bribe from a major corruption investigation, the state attorney general announced.

The five suspects will be charged with taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a cooperating witness in the form of campaign contributions, Attorney-General Gurbir Grewal said. In return, the officials promised the co-operating witness, who is a tax lawyer, they would have to vote, or to use their influence in order to be hired or continue to hire a law firm for lucrative government legal work.

The defendants are the Sudhan Thomas, the well-established Jersey City’s school board president and a former Assemblyman, Jason O’donnell, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Bayonne in the end of 2018.

Some of the multi-thousand-dollar bribe, which came in an envelope or in a paper bag filled with cash — or, in one case, a coffee cup stuffed with cash — and they were delivered to the defendants by the tax attorney would help a lot, parking lots, and a political fund-raiser and a campaign headquarters.

Thomas was charged with accepting $ 35,000 in cash to pay bribes, with $10,000 provided in a single occurrence, and $25,000 is provided at a different date.

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In exchange for cash payments, and that Thomas agreed to settle the tax attorney has to be hired as a special counsel to the Jersey City Board of Education. His misconduct took place between May and July 2019 at the latest. Thomas lost his bid for re-election to the Jersey City school board in November.

O’donnell, a former member of parliament, is charged with accepting a $10,000 bribe. O’donnell has allegedly accepted the bribes in the so-called “street money” for his mayoral campaign, the co-operating witness, in April and May of 2018. O’donnell agreed to provide him with the tax duties of the Governor if the elected mayor.

In the complaint, the tax attorney, told O’donnell, “I just want to be your tax guy,” to which O’donnell replied, “Done.”

From left to right): Jason O’donnell, Sudhan Thomas, John Cesaro, John Windish, Mary Dougherty

“Jason O’donnell has dedicated his life to serving his community, and has always conducted himself in a manner that makes his family and friends will be proud of, and it has consistently and vigorously fought for their own interests,” O’donnell’s lawyer, Leo Hurley, told Fox News. “He intends to contest these allegations with the same force, and the entry of a plea of not guilty to the charges against him.”

A former Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro was charged for allegedly accepting an envelope containing $10,000 in cash and $2,350 for the monitoring of the co-operating witness. He Later returned the money and asked for it to be replaced with the controls. The two reportedly discussed, with the use of “straw donors.”

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Later on the funds, the complaint said, Cesaro is accepted, two checks, one for $2,600 each, with the maximum premiums in a given state, the election by the candidate. The cooperating witness is described to them as “my great product.”

The former Mount Arlington Councilman John Windish allegedly accepted a $7,000 cash bribe for his unsuccessful bid for re-election to the borough council in June 2018. In exchange, the Windish reportedly promised that he would be in support of the tax attorney, the appointment of the borough attorney.

Mary Dougherty, a real estate agent out There, is said to have accepted money as a bribe for a total of $10,000 from the cooperating witness. It was originally delivered as a cash-in, but later turned to the controls of the “straw donors”

At a meeting in a restaurant, and This is allegedly accepted $10,000 in cash in a take away cup. The pair will meet again, and This is accepted four checks, each for $2,500 each. When the checks were delivered to the cooperating witness, he said. “These are a great product… so, I’m going to have your support for re-election. Don’t forget me.” “I don’t do that. I can promise you that. A friend of a friend, my friend,” said Dougherty.

O ‘ Donnell, and This account only up to the second degree of the corruption, because they are not in the office at the time of the alleged bribery. Sorry, Cesaro, and Windish were also charged with the second degree of the acceptance of an illegal benefit by an official for official conduct.

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Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. In the second stage for the benefit of those who hold public office at the time of their alleged conduct is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison with no eligibility of parole under New Jersey’s enhanced penalties for official corruption in the country.

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