The former New Jersey lawmaker who claims that the FBI and federal prosecutors in the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s office committed “outrageous government misconduct,” during an investigation has an additional federal charge lodged against him, according to a news release from the New Jersey federal prosecutor.
A federal grand jury this week returned a seven-count superseding indictment against former state Assemblyman Lou Manzo. Manzo was one of 44 individuals – including 29 New Jersey elected or public officials — arrested in July 2009 on charges of public corruption and money laundering.
The new superseding indictment, which was filed on Thursday, adds one count of mail fraud to the original, six-count indictment returned on Oct. 6, 2009. The additional count carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s office also is seeking forfeiture of $27,500 in corrupt payments that were connected with the new charge.
Last month, Manzo alleged that the July 2009 public corruption case was designed to help former New Jersey U.S. Attorney Chris Christie (R) win the 2009 gubernatorial election. According to Manzo, prosecutors in the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s office contributed to Christie’s campaign, received promises of jobs in a Christie administration and provided him with information about developments in the public corruption probe after Christie resigned the U.S. Attorney post in December 2008 in order to run for governor.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
A copy of the indictment is embedded below.