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From Appolonia to Zambrano: A glossary of the FBI's Monmouth corruption targets


"... We hope that other public officials tempted to serve themselves will consider what has happened to Mr. Coughlin and others."

- Christopher Christie
U.S. Attorney "... We hope that other public officials tempted to serve themselves will consider what has happened to Mr. Coughlin and others." - Christopher Christie U.S. Attorney Stephen Appolonia, Colts Neck, part-owner of International Trucks of Central Jersey, Howell. Charged March 10, 2005, with money laundering. Indicted July 28, 2006, on seven counts of offering and giving corrupt payments, seven counts of scheming to defraud local governments of honest services, three counts of scheming to defraud Neptune Township of money and property and a vehicle services company of honest services, money laundering and conspiracy to launder money.

Matthew Appolonia, Berkeley Heights, part-owner of International Trucks of Central Jersey, Howell. Indicted July 28, 2006, on seven counts of offering and giving corrupt payments, seven counts of scheming to defraud local governments of honest services and three counts of scheming to defraud Neptune Township of money and property and a vehicle services company of honest services.

Thomas Broderick, former Marlboro councilman, Monmouth County undersheriff and assistant supervisor of the county Division of Highways. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with money laundering. Pleaded guilty Jan. 19, 2006.

Paul Coughlin, former Hazlet mayor. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Indicted Dec. 5, 2005, on charges of extortion under color of official right, conspiracy and accepting corrupt payments. Pleaded guilty May 30, 2006, to one count of accepting corrupt payments. Sentenced Sept. 22 to two years in prison followed by two years of probation.

Joseph DeLisa, former West Long Branch councilman. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Indicted April 17, 2006, on conspiracy to extort under color of official right, two counts of attempted extortion, accepting a thing of value $3,000 or more to be influenced or rewarded and conspiracy to defraud the public of honest services.

Robert Feldman, Brick, salesman for International Trucks of Central Jersey, Howell. Indicted on July 28, 2006, on seven counts of scheming to defraud local governments of honest services and three counts of scheming to defraud Neptune Township of money and property and a vehicle services company of honest services.

Thomas Greenwald, former Far Hills councilman. Charged March 10, 2005, with money laundering.

John Hamilton, former Asbury Park councilman. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right.

Robert Hyer, former Keyport councilman. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Died Oct. 4, 2005.

Richard Iadanza, former deputy mayor of Neptune Township. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Pleaded guilty Feb. 9, 2006.

James Ingram, Middletown, former owner of JBI Limousine, Neptune Township. Charged March 10, 2005, with money laundering. Pleaded guilty July 26, 2005.

Harry Larrison, former Monmouth County freeholder director. Charged April 27, 2005, with accepting corrupt payments in matters involving local governments who receive federal funds. Died May 29, 2005.

Joseph "Joey Buses" McCurnin, former Monmouth County Division of Transportation operations manager. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Pleaded guilty Feb. 9, 2006.

John Merla, mayor of Keyport. Charged on Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Indicted Oct. 3, 2005, on four counts of accepting corrupt payments, conspiracy to obtain corrupt payments under color of official right, two counts of mail fraud. Superseding indictment Feb. 6, 2006, added one count of extortion induced by fear of economic harm under color of official right.

Raymond O'Grady, former Middletown committeeman and director of Monmouth County Central Motor Pool. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Indicted Nov. 21, 2005, on two counts of extortion under color of official right, two counts accepting bribes to influence and reward, one count conspiracy to extort. Convicted June 8, 2006, on all counts.

Anthony Palughi, Wall, former superintendent of Monmouth County Division of Bridges. Pleaded guilty Aug. 2, 2005, to soliciting, demanding, accepting and agreeing to accept cash payments in exchange for official action and influence.

Matthew Scannapieco, former Marlboro mayor. Pleaded guilty April 12, 2005, to accepting corrupt payments and tax evasion.

Anthony Spalliero, Hazlet, Monmouth County area developer. Charged May 3, 2005, with four counts of offering corrupt payments in matters involving local governments who receive federal funds. Indicted Oct. 11, 2005, on 10 counts of offering corrupt payments and four counts of mail fraud.

Joseph Spalliero, son of Monmouth County-area developer Anthony Spalliero. Indicted Oct. 11, 2005, on one count of offering corrupt payments.

Patsy Townsend, former Monmouth County deputy fire marshal and code enforcement and emergency management official in Neptune Township. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Pleaded guilty March 14, 2006, to one count of attempting to commit extortion under color of official right. Sentenced Aug. 1, 2006, to six months in prison followed by five months of house arrest.

Richard Vuola, former Marlboro Township Municipal Utilities Authority commissioner. Charged Oct. 29, 2004, with offering corrupt payments to officials in Marlboro and Manalapan, possessing firearms as a convicted felon and filing false tax returns. A superseding indictment on Dec. 4, 2004, added charges of offering corrupt payment and possessing firearms as a convicted felon. Superseding indictment on May 12, 2005, added a charge of offering corrupt payments. Pleaded guilty to six charges July 7, 2005. Sentenced Dec. 16, 2005, to 50 months in prison.

Stanley Young, former Marlboro Planning Board member. Pleaded guilty June 20, 2005, to accepting corrupt payments.

John "Fazz" Zambrano, former Long Branch councilman. Pleaded guilty to extortion under color of official right July 20, 2006.

Paul Zambrano, former West Long Branch mayor. Charged Feb. 22, 2005, with extortion under color of official right. Pleaded guilty Aug. 24, 2005.

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