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Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Indicted in Extortion, Bribery Case

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s legal woes deepened today with an eight-count indictment handed up by a federal grand jury detailing extortion, bribery, mail and wire fraud counts.

Tony Mack talks to reporters outside his Trenton home following FBI search of the home. (WPVI TV)
Tony Mack talks to reporters outside his Trenton home following FBI search of the home. (WPVI TV)

The indictment implicates Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, 46, his brother Ralphiel Mack, 40,  and close associate Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, 63, in connection with a bribery scheme to accept $119,000 in exchange for Tony Mack’s influence in assisting with the development of an automated parking garage on city-owned land, the US Attorney District of NJ reports.

In Sept., the three men were charged in a Complaint with one count of conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion under color of official right.

Today’s indictment adds the following charges:

  • One count of attempted obstruction of commerce by extortion under the color of official right against Tony F. Mack, Giorgianni and Ralphiel Mack (Count 2);
  •  One count of accepting and agreeing to accept bribes against Tony F. Mack and Ralphiel Mack (Count 3);
  •  One count of giving and agreeing to give bribes against Giorgianni (Count 4);
  •  Three counts alleging that the defendants devised a scheme to defraud the City of Trenton and its citizens of money and property and of defendant Tony F. Mack’s honest services (Counts 5 to 7);
  •  One extortion count charging Giorgianni with participating in an additional scheme of arranging to steer a power washing contract to a city vendor in exchange for a kickback to a Trenton employee (Count 8).

According to the indictment, the defendants attempted to keep “Tony F. Mack ‘safe’ from law enforcement detection,” using buffers or intermediaries to channel corrupt cash payments.

PDF DOCUMENT: View the Tony Mack indictment in full here.

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