The public corruption portion of today's bust arose from a federal cooperating witness's relationship with Hudson County developer Moshe "Michael" Altman, who introduced him to then-Jersey City Building Inspector John Guarini, accordingg to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Guarini, the U.S. Attorney's office says, then introduced the witness to Maher A. Khalil, a deputy director of the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services and a former member of the Jersey
City Zoning Board of Adjustment. Khalil, the office says, made "key referrals" that led the witness to many of the public officials who were charged today. He allegedly accepted $30,000 in bribes.