A Superior Court Judge has dismissed a 2006 indictment against former state Division of Taxation Director Robert Thompson, who was accused of accepting”thousands of dollars worth of dinners, entertainment, golf outings and spa treatments from a collections company contracted by the state to collect unpaid taxes.” The indictments against five other Treasury officials were also dropped.
As one insider noted, the state Attorney General’s office prosecutes relatively few public officials on corruption charges. That makes it even more surprising that they can’t build a solid case against the few people they do go after. No public official accused of corruption by the federal prosecutor have won an acquittal since Christopher Christie became U.S. Attorney in 2002.
The Thompson indictment came while Zulima Farber was serving as Attorney General.