Ex-Jersey City official pleads guilty
TRENTON -- One of the 44 people arrested in New Jersey's largest corruption sweep has pleaded guilty.
The 39-year-old Khalil is the first public official to plead guilty in the case.
He admitted he accepted more than $70,000 in bribes from Solomon Dwek, a government cooperating witness posing as a developer, in return for setting up meetings with other officials who would help Dwek with zoning changes and approvals.
UPDATE 2:20 pm CDT – Make that 2 guilty pleas:
2nd official pleads guilty in NJ corruption sweep
The Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - A second former Jersey City official has pleaded guilty in New Jersey's largest corruption sweep.
Guy Catrillo admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court that he accepted bribes from a government witness posing as a developer.
Catrillo was an aide to Jersey City's planning and zoning boards and was a community relations specialist in Mayor Jerramiah Healy's office.
Catrillo was accused of attempted extortion for taking $15,000 from the informant, Solomon Dwek, in exchange for introducing Dwek to other officials and promising to expedite development approvals.
Earlier Wednesday, former zoning board official Maher Khalil pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy.
Khalil and Catrillo are the first to plead guilty in a corruption case involving 44 defendants.