A former Hudson County Board of Elections investigator pleaded guilty Tuesday to providing a $10,000 bribe to former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell.
Denis Jaslow, 48, is the second official directly related to the case against Elwell to plead guilty in recent weeks. Jaslow copped to aiding and abetting the offer and giving of (and agreeing to give) a bribe to Elwell when he was mayor of Secaucus.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the district of New Jersey said Jaslow participated in several recorded meetings with the government’s star witness, Solomon Dwek, who gave Jaslow $5,000 to facilitate meetings with public officials.
Before Elwell arrived at an April 23, 2009 meeting, Jaslow told Dwek that he had explained to Elwell that Dwek was interested in a real estate development in Secaucus and assured Dwek that Elwell would help him expedite official matters, according to the FBI’s account.
Dwek asked Elwell how to make cash payments to him and they agreed to work through Jaslow, according to documents filed in the case and court statements.
At the end of the meeting, Jaslow and Dwek agreed that Jaslow would tell Elwell a $10,000 payment would be made from Dwek through him with the potential for more payments after Dwek got zone changes with the mayor’s assistance, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
The feds dismissed an extortion conspiracy charge against Jaslow this week and his previous plea to that charge was withdrawn.
Jaslow faces a maximum $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison. He’ll be sentenced on Oct. 4.
Elwell’s trial begins June 20. He has pleaded not guilty.