Friday, December 11, 2009

Down for the count....

With thanks to Ed Mecka, here's the indictment:

Reader FAP, a stable favorite posted the following:
To summarize the charges are:
Count One: Conspiracy - First Degree
Count Two: Official Misconduct - Second Degree
Count Three: Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition - Second Degree
Count Four: Misapplication of Property and Property of Government - Second Degree
Count Five: Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity - First Degree

To put this in perspective:
"First-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison and a $200,000 fine, while second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine. The first-degree money laundering charges carry a period of parole ineligibility equal to one-third to one-half of the prison sentence imposed and a fine of up to $500,000."

This means that with the five counts John is looking at 70 Years in prison and a $850,000 fine. 

No matter how you slice it, it means trouble and major prison time.

And the Council that "didn't"

From the Hoboken Forum, an interesting post by FactChecker of City Council discussions on the million dollar coin swindle.  These are the original comments as compiled in the original story by the Wile E. Coyote, Eric Kurta: 

December 6, 2007 City Council Meeting

Councilman Michael Russo: “Mr. England, I have one, uh, one other revenue source that, uh, has been called into question and - and some of my Council colleagues might know about it, some of them might not. Uh, it looks to, looks to me like there’s a million dollars missing in revenue from our collection in parking meters. This correct?”
Richard England, Business Administrator: “Umm…I don’t know at this point, Councilman.”
Russo: “I think we really need to look into it, uh, I don’t know if it was just not paid to us, I don’t know if it’s actually missing, I don’t know if there was a miscalculation, I have no idea what the circumstances are…”
Council President Theresa Castellano: “Needs to be looked into…”
Russo: “…but it’s my understanding that there, there’s something going on with that revenue stream. If we could get, uh, a look at it and find out so that you can report back to this council.”
England: “Let me check it out and I’ll get back to you as soon as I have an answer.”

December 19, 2007 City Council Meeting
Councilwoman Terry Labruno: “I actually want an answer - Mr. Corea can you answer that question about the million dollars that was alluded to at the last – at the last council meeting, about a million dollars being missing from meters?”
Parking Utility Director John Corea: “Yes, uh, uh, I believe that was, uh, talking about the parking, uh, the meter collections. We did an internal audit once we heard that and our internal audit has been complete and it shows a difference of thirty-four dollars and sixty-one cents. It is now being audited by an outside firm to be confirmed, uh, but we don’t see a problem as of right now.”
Russo: “And for the record, uh, that was an error in my calculation, so – when I asked the question, it was actually an error in my calculations when I was doing my own due diligence when it came to the budget, uh, so it was just a question and we clarified it…I was wrong.”
January 16, 2008 City Council Meeting
Hoboken Resident Maurice “Mo” Degenarro: “Is there a million dollars missing or isn’t there – was it a mistake – did they find it, or what? On the parking.”
Castellano: “Councilman Russo.”
Russo: “Thank you, Council President. Mo, the - the reason why I thought there was money missing was because I was going on past year’s, uh, anticipated revenues from the Parking Utility from the meters. Uh, it turned out that the meters did not generate as much money as they did in years past, so it was my mistake to think that that money was there when in fact it was not. That was the situation.”
Castellano: “It’s been cleared up.”

The Man Who Knew

Not only does Hoboken411 play fast and loose with the basic decency of the online world, he'll even change the past authorship ON HIS OWN SITE.

Here's the image of the original story, written by the one and only Wile E. Coyote, Eric Kurta.  He's now been erased as the author of the original story.  Another hit job brought to you by the slimey guy of Hoboken himself.  Amazing ain't it?

Statement on the Coin Scandal

Just released statement from City Hall:

Mayor Zimmer today commended the New Jersey Attorney General's office on the successful prosecution of the President of United Textile Fabricators, Brian Petaccio, and the indictment of former Hoboken Parking Utility official John Corea for the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars in Parking Utility revenue. 

"Today's action is the culmination of a long investigation in which the City worked closely with law enforcement every step of the way," said   Mayor Dawn Zimmer.  "While this is not a day for celebration, I do feel this is a step in the right direction towards restoring the public trust in Hoboken government." 

Mayor Zimmer also noted that while Mr. Petaccio's plea agreement provides for $300,000 in restitution to the City, there are still additional funds yet to be recovered.  "We intend to do everything in our power to seek the return of every single missing quarter," said Mayor Zimmer.

Boom, there it is!

Another brick in the Hoboken culture of corruption has just fallen and this time it's former Parking Utility Director John Corea.  As reported in the Jersey Journal, he's being cast as a conspirator in stealing the coins from the parking meters.  From the Office of the Attorney General:


No comment from Bedbug Eddie, a known coin launderer and meter maid on's Hoboken forum was available at press time.  Stay safe Bedbug.

"Kidnap" victim fights back!

Update: 5: 40 - Amy Sara Clark at Hoboken Now has a released statement from Jerry Carter's new lawyer.

A reader, AnonymousFan tipped us off Jerry Carter is now retaining Joseph Hayden, the same lawyer as Peter Cammarano as reported in the Hudson Reporter.

11:35 AM
The lady employee/victim in the Jerry Carter alleged kidnapping case is feeling her oats.  She's looking for two weeks pay from Jerry Carter and also unspecified damages.  Carter's attorney states he hasn't been served or some such non-denial denial.  This is only the beginning.  Some legal beagle found the lady and you can be sure this will have legs.  If Carter takes a hit on any of the kidnap and harassment charges, he'll be soon facing a very large civil suit from this woman.

And then he'll rue the day as she alleges, how he made her stay in a bath tub for hours.  

Thing about karma is it isn't entirely without a sense of humor.  And sooner or later, no one is getting away, with anything.  The universe is always watching, always listening.  It's far larger than human comprehension especially what's unseen.  Anyone who thinks this blue marble is going unmonitored is just kidding themselves.  Jerry Carter, we enshrine you into the new membership of consciousness and in the famous words of Jim Morrison, "No one gets out alive."

Amy Sara Clark has the less than esoteric other worldly details at Hoboken Now.  Chow down.

Photo courtesy David Jolkovski / Hoboken Now

Hoboken Univ. Medical Center- October Financials

Here are the complete financials provided by the Hoboken University Medical Center for October 2009.  The next meeting will be taking place this Wednesday at 7:00 in the rear at Assumption Hall on the main floor of the hospital.  Unfortunately, this is the same time as the City Council meeting.  We'll figure it out.

Planning on getting the November financials up after this meeting next week and also some additional information after the Wednesday evening meeting. 

A baker's dozen

Word on the street is the Tigger count is now moving along swimmingly into double digits. We hate to be a gossip monger, we have strict guidelines for the "Grist for the Mill" series but if the jolly green vegetable is going to run in that MTV NJ sandbox, we have to retaliate.

Da Horsey is getting fitted for a wedding band just above the hoof.  Why should married guys have all the fun?  It's not right and it's not fair. If you have any comments on said matter consider this open season.  Maybe you have an idea on how Tiger can rebrand himself.  We hear going with Cheetah might be the pick.

Have a good weekend folks.  We have some hearty stuff on the menu coming.

Car-House Bloomfield Smash Up

Amy Sara Clark just updated this story at Hoboken Now and it turns out this driver who crashed into the building at 8th and Bloomfield got hit from behind.  See her story on the surprising details of who and how.

A vehicle jumped the curb and crashed through a house fence at 8th and Bloomfield late last night at around 11:00.  Both the driver and passenger required treatment.  More photos at Hoboken Now.

Photo courtesy Joe Shine /for The Jersey Journal