Part-time Secaucus municipal prosecutor Rakesh Desai was arrested in Bayonne Municipal Court on Monday for allegedly accepting a bribe in exchange for reduced criminal penalties.
Desai had been under investigation for months after Bayonne court officials alerted Bayonne police that the prosector was receiving cash from defendants prior to court dates. The police contacted Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Investigations Unit, which conducted the probe.
The 42-year-old Desai has been charged with second degree bribery, which has a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Secaucus mayor Michael Gonnelli told the Jersey Journal that Desai will no longer be called to fill in when the regular prosecutor is unavailable, as was his previous role.
A full report can be found on the Jersey Journal website.