Another Jersey City official admits to corruption charge

Angela Bellizzi, the supervisor of permits and connection fees for the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority, pleaded guilty today to charges that she accepted cash payments from a cooperating witness in exchange for falsifying and/or approving fraudulent sewer permit applications.

According to a plea agreement announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra, Bellizzi admitted that she extorted corrupt payments by agreeing to falsify “permit applications in return for payments, or instructed the contractor on how to falsify permit applications that would be approved by her in return for payments.”

The Bellizzi plea comes from separate, ongoing public corruption investigations in Jersey City, and is not connected to the July 23 arrests of public officials in Jersey City and other municipalities, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Another Jersey City official admits to corruption charge