In the summer of 2009 the blog Gawker stated "Everybody in New Jersey Was Arrested Yesterday." Now for the first time, the real story behind the biggest corruption bust in New Jersey's notoriously corrupt history
Among the forty-four people arrested in July 2009 were three mayors, five Orthodox rabbis, two state legislators, and the flamboyant deputy mayor of Jersey City, Leona Beldini, once a stripper using the stage name "Hope Diamond." At the center of it all was a dubious character named Solomon Dwek, who perpetrated a $50 million Ponzi scheme before copping a plea and wearing a wire as a secret FBI undercover informant, setting up friends, partners, rabbis, and dozens of politicians. Mr. Dwek played his role like an extra in a mob movie. On surveillance tape, he repeatedly referred to his fraudulent "schnookie deals," which is Yiddish for, well, schnook.
Full of impossible-to-make-up detail and fresh revelations from the continuing trials and investigations, this book--the inside, untold account of a federal sting operation that moves from the streets of Brooklyn to the diners of Jersey City, and all the way to Israel--is a wonderful tour de force of investigative journalism by the reporting team that broke this amazing story.
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Sherman and Margolin, both reporters for the Newark Star-Ledger, reveal the maneuvering behind the criminal charges filed on July 23, 2009, against more than 40 individuals—some of them local politicians across New Jersey, others with links to Syrian Jewish communities on the New Jersey shore.Dec 15 2010 | Read Full Review of The Jersey Sting
In this book cover image released by St. Martin's Press, "The Jersey Sting/A True Story of Corrupt Polls, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought it All Down" , by Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin are shown.Mar 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Jersey Sting
Close to the end of the book – curiously in their acknowledgments section – the authors ruminate on just what it is about New Jersey and corruption that seems to make them such close bedfellows.| Read Full Review of The Jersey Sting
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