Bloomfield City Councilman Elias N. Chalet was arrested earlier this week and charged with accepting a $15,000 bribe from a local business owner. Chalet allegedly told the owner that the township would not proceed with the sale without the bribe. An investigation followed in which Chalet was recorded asking for $10,000 before the sale and the remaining $5,000 after.
Chalet was arrested Monday morning at his realty office in Bloomfield. He faces a charge of second-degree bribery, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years without parole, and a fine of up to $150,000. He could face up to ten years.
“We charge that Chalet crookedly put the authority entrusted to him as an elected official up for sale for his own personal enrichment,” said Attorney General John J. Hoffman of the case. “When officials start selling favors, as alleged here, it undermines the integrity and fair administration of government.”