Any smidge of credibility government informant Solomon Dwek may have had going into the trial of Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez now seems to be gone.
Suarez was acquitted of corruption charges in October, and Dwek took a beating on the stand.
If a $50 million bank fraud arrest didn’t poke a big enough hole in Dwek’s cred before a jury, his performance in Suarez’ trial – and the trials of former Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini and former Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean Twp.) – made Swiss cheese of the accused fraudster’s plausibility.
As jury selection begins for another one of the ensnared pols’ trials – this one for former Jersey City Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith – Dwek’s name is notably missing from the witness list, according to the Jersey Journal.
Suarez was the first acquittal among the 46 arrests from last year’s Operation Bid Rig III, and last week charges were dropped against Smith’s accused former legislative aide, Richard Greene.
Greene was accused of conspiracy to commit extortion for allegedly accepting $5,000 from Dwek outside a Bayonne restaurant and allegedly passing the money on to Smith.
Smith is accused of accepting payouts totaling $15,000 from Dwek
Smith’s attorney, Jonathan Meinen, told the Journal that he expects Greene to be used as a witness against Smith.