Former Guttenberg councilman gets 41 months

Former Guttenberg councilman and police officer Vincent Tabbachino was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for attempted extortion and bribery as well as for laundering approximately $125,000 in funds that he believed were criminal proceeds, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Tabbachino, 70, of Fairview, pleaded guilty in April 2011 to one count of money laundering before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares.

Judge Linares had severed the money laundering counts prior to Tabbachino’s October 2010 trial, at which Tabbachino was convicted of one count each of attempted extortion and bribery for offering and agreeing to give a corrupt payment to Ridgefield Mayor Anthony R. Suarez.

Judge Linares imposed sentence today in Newark federal court.

Former Guttenberg councilman gets 41 months