Today’s guilty plea from a Jersey City politician comes from unsuccessful council candidate Lavern Webb-Washington, who admitted today to taking $15,000 in bribes from an FBI informant in exchange for her future official assistance.
Washington was one of 44 people swept up in a massive federal corruption and money laundering sting in July. She used to run the Webb-Washington Community Development Corporation, the mission of which was to get housing for low-income Jersey city residents.
Webb-Washington agreed to help FBI informant Solomon Dwek, who was posing as a crooked developer under an assumed name, get approvals for a Garfield Avenue development project in exchange for the payments.
Webb ran independently for the Ward F council seat.
Jersey City Councilman Phil Kenny, who was not one of the 44 arrested but who did meet with Dwek, also pleaded guilty to a corruption charge on Tuesday.