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FBI Informant Solomon Dwek Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Dwek, who helped bring down former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, cooperated with law enforcement investigations

Solomon Dwek, a Monmouth County-based real estate developer and FBI informant who helped bring down former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, was sentenced today to six years in prison.

Judge Jose Linares handed down the sentence in Newark after hearing final arguments from the prosecutors and defense attorney in Dwek's trial.

Dwek was facing nine to 11 years under his plea deal for his crimes, but his cooperation with federal investigators over the last few years helped him receive a reduced sentence.

Dwek pleaded guilty in connection with his role in a scheme to defraud PNC Bank of more than $50 million in October 2009 and was charged with bank fraud and money laundering.

Dwek's time as an informant led to the arrest of 46 people including local government officials and rabbis, including the disgraced former Hoboken mayor. 

Cammarano, former councilman Michael Schaffer, Councilman Michael Russo and former Public Safety Director Angel Alicea all met with Dwek to discuss illicit campaign contributions.

 

This is a breaking news story, and it will be updated once more information becomes available.

Hobbs October 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I seem to remember that Councilwoman Elizabeth Mason said she also met with Solomon Dwek. As far as I know transcripts of their meeting have not been made public. A big thank you to our friends in the FBI and keep up the good work. :-)
Hobokeneer October 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Solomon Dwek is a hero to Hoboken.
CuriousGal October 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Maybe he's a hero to YOUR Hoboken, not the one I know and neither to his family. His father, Rabbi Issac Dwek, gave a speech at his Synagogue in which he stated that his son Solomon was no longer welcome at his home and denounced the practice of acting as a government informant.
janice esposito October 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM
So the family did not denounce a $50,000,000 theft he planned.........only his working with the government???
Hobbs October 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Not a hero but thanks to the FBI using crimials like Dwek they were able to take Cammerano and friend out City Hall before they could do too much more damage and made us look much more closely at those like Councilman Michael Russo and see his true colors.
CuriousReplacement October 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Right again, CuriousGalPal! The last thing we need is more government informants. Of course if the government would give me something in the neighborhood of $16,400 to wear a wire, I'd be up at 1200 all day having people whisper into my corsage. Private school moms figuring angles to pay our tuition at Stevens Cooperative - Dawn's legacy.
puzzledone October 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
CG, I'll bet Peter Cammarano isn't a big fan of his either. Let's tell it like it is, he was excommunicated from his Hasidic community for blowing the whistle on a number of rabbis who were involved in crimes including illegal trading of kidneys and tax evasion, and not for the crimes he commited against his family and those in his community, as well as the federal government. He's not a hero in general, just a crook who turned into an informant, but he did expose some pretty seedy behavior in Hoboken. I believe that he allowed for us to see how some of our politicians were ready to sell us out so cheaply, and for that, I think on net, he was good for Hoboken. Of course, we all know those politicians are ones you regularly defend.
Gardiner4Freeholder October 19, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Dwek is no hero but he did use his art of persuasive BS to right at least some of his wrongs. Now he goes to jail and does some time and rightfully so. Curious Gal shows her true Old Guard colors with her post about Dwek. At least the person that is using the account now I should say.
David A. Liebler October 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Six years is a joke! This guy was one of NJ's biggest scumbags of all time. The only good thing that came out of this guys life was taking down all the corrupt city officials and tax evading rabbi's but even this does not constitute this severe reduction in sentencing time. He should have gotten 20+ like many of the NY white collar crimes of late.
puzzledone October 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM
David, I wouldn't say he took down ALL the corrupt city officials.

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