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More Tapes Expected In Mayor’s Corruption Trial

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Sen. Robert Menendez swears-in Anthony Suarez for his second term as Mayor of Ridgefield, NJ.

Sen. Robert Menendez swears-in Anthony Suarez for his second term as Mayor of Ridgefield, NJ. (credit: Borough of Ridgefield)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Videotape evidence was expected to dominate the third day of a northern New Jersey mayor’s federal corruption trial.

On Tuesday, jurors watched tapes secretly made by government informant Solomon Dwek, as well as his testimony about his dealings with Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez and tax preparer Vincent Tabbachino.

Dwek posed as a corrupt developer whom, prosecutors said, Tabbachino steered to Suarez in 2009 for help in getting building permits.

Tabbachino and Suarez each faced extortion and bribery counts.

Defense attorneys contended neither defendant agreed to do anything illegal and that no bribes were accepted.

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