The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that Assemblyman Joe Vas, D-Middlesex, the former mayor of Perth Amboy, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on more allegations that he abused his office for personal gain.
The report said the 19-count indictment alleges Mr. Vas accepted $25,000 in improvements to his Perth Amboy home from a contractor for free, billed the city thousands for medical costs and $604 for glasses, and laundered political donations to circumvent campaign finance law.
“This indictment details a variety of corrupt schemes, but a common thread of arrogance and greed runs through all of them. We will not tolerate public officials who view tax dollars as the spoils of their ascent to power,” said state Attorney General Anne Milgram.
Mr. Vas faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges, according to The Star-Ledger’s analysis.
Trenton personalities, including Assistant Business Administrator Dennis Gonzalez and Councilman Manny Segura, spent time in Perth Amboy during the Vas administration, which endedwhen challenger Wilda Diaz defeated the longtime mayor in the 2008 election.
Jane Feigenbaum, former city business administrator, now works as Perth Amboy’s head finance officer and police director.