Former City of Bayonne accountant pleads guilty to bribery

A Hudson County man, who served as the senior accountant of the City of Bayonne Department of Community Development (CBDCD) today admitted accepting $65,000 in bribe payments in exchange for his assistance in awarding projects funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Anselmo Crisonino, 53, of Bayonne, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to a four-count information charging him with one count of accepting bribe payments totaling approximately $65,000 from Joseph Arrigo, the owner of a contracting company in Bayonne.

Crisonino also pleaded guilty to one count of theft and conversion of federal funds ($422,360), one count of conducting an illegal gambling business, and one count of submitting a false tax return for tax year 2011.

Former City of Bayonne accountant pleads guilty to bribery