Ex-Ocean Dem chairman sentenced to house arrest

Former Ocean County Democratic Party official Alfonso L. Santoro was sentenced today to three years probation, including one year of home confinement and a $10,000 fine, for causing the use of interstate facilities to assist in helping a Cooperating Witness (“CW”) attempt to bribe local officials, said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano also ordered the 70-year old Santoro to forfeit $6,500, the amount of the payments that he personally received during the scheme, to the government.

Santoro pleaded guilty before Judge Pisano on December 3, 2009 to a one-count criminal information that charged him with using and causing the use of telephone facilities in interstate commerce to facilitate bribery.

At his plea hearing, Santoro admitted to accepted a $5,000 corrupt payment from a CW in exchange for Santoro’s assistance in facilitating introductions and corrupt payments to public officials in Ocean County willing to exercise their influence in favor of the CW’s real estate development interests.

Ex-Ocean Dem chairman sentenced to house arrest