Former Trenton city worker tied to Mack bribery allegations pleads guilty in federal court

TRENTON – A former Trenton city employee tied to an alleged bribery scheme involving the city’s mayor pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in the scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Charles Hall III, 49, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to extortion and drug distribution. Hall is connected to the alleged bribery scheme involving embattled Trenton Mayor Tony Mack.

Mack, his brother, and associate Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, are accused of accepting bribes in exchange for official authority.

The extortion conspiracy count to which Hall pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The narcotics conspiracy count is punishable by a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 5.