A federal grand jury has added an additional count of mail fraud to charges against former Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-Jersey City). Manzo, a former Jersey City mayoral candidate and Hudson County Freeholder, was indicted on six counts of corruption charges last October. He was arrested in July as part of the government’s Operation Bid Rig investigation.
Manzo and his brother, Ronald Manzo, are accused of devising a scheme to defraud Jersey City Council candidates of $27,5000 in cash payments from a cooperating witness, believed to be Solomon Dwek. The indictment alleges that the Manzo brothers intentionally concealed these payments from other candidates and their campaign committees. Manzo is charged with accepting cash payments to influence his future actions, if he had won the mayoral race.
The additional count carries a statutory penalty of 20 years in prison.