Trial Of Former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell Resumes

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The corruption trial of a former northern New Jersey mayor was set to resume Monday.

Dennis Elwell is charged with accepting $10,000 through a middleman from a crooked developer. But the man posing as the developer, Solomon Dwek, was cooperating with federal authorities after they arrested him for a $50 million bank fraud.

The federal investigation eventually led to the arrest of 46 defendants on corruption and money laundering charges.

Elwell, who resigned as mayor shortly after his July 2009 arrest, may take the stand. Dwek was expected to testify, until prosecutors said last week that he had been arrested on unrelated charges.

Former Elwell political adviser Ronald Manzo testified against the former mayor last week, after pleading guilty in May to acting as a middleman between Elwell and Dwek.

What do you think of Elwell? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Tom

    If ever the government entraped people by using the worst, excuse me, the best liars they could find. Money was never memtioned until the day Dennis heard that Manzo was giving it to him. Marzo even told Dwek that he shouldn’t discuss money with Dennis. The comment was “He’s not like that. All of the first eight tapes talked about the fact that Dwek and his mutts wanted Dennis’ help. No where did Dennis says he would break rules to help Dwek. Dennis said he would guide Dwek through the process. Doesn’t our government have better things to do. For shame. Fine Dennis for campaign violations. His public life in politics is over.

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