Democrat ARRESTED – 13 Felonies

(TheRedAlertNews.com) – In a new political headache for the left, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin has unveiled a comprehensive 13-count indictment alleging racketeering activities against southern New Jersey’s political stalwart, George E. Norcross III, a prominent figure in the Democratic Party.

The indictment, which spans 111 pages, charges Norcross with leveraging his political sway to secure prime waterfront properties in Camden, New Jersey for personal gain.

Accompanying George Norcross in these charges are his brother, Philip Norcross; the former Mayor of Camden, Dana Redd; George’s personal lawyer, William M. Tambussi; and John O’Donnell.

“The state alleges that George Norcross has been running a criminal enterprise in the state for at least the last 12 years. This alleged conduct of the Norcross enterprise has caused great harm to individuals, businesses, nonprofits, the people of the state of New Jersey, and especially to the city of Camden,” Platkin told a news conference.

Further investigations involved both the FBI and the US attorney’s office of New Jersey, The Hill reports.

According to Platkin, the Norcross enterprise exploited its considerable clout to curry favor with various state and local officials, thus facilitating the acquisition of construction rights and substantial tax credits amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Platkin criticized the officials involved.

“They allegedly did this with the complicity and acquiescence of various state and local elected and appointed officials who turned a blind eye to their duties and obligations to the people of New Jersey to instead serve the interests of a powerful few,” he stated.

The scene at the Trenton press conference was tense, with Norcross himself present as Platkin disclosed the charges.

Despite attempts by an aide from the attorney general’s office to have him moved, Norcross remained seated.

His attorney pointedly remarked during the live broadcast, “Is there someone who deserves to sit here more than the lead defendant in the case?”

Outside the attorney general’s office, Norcross sharply criticized Platkin, labeling him “a coward,” as reported by Politico.

Meanwhile, an attorney representing Philip Norcross asserted his client’s innocence, describing the charges as “entirely innocent of these outrageous, politically motivated charges.”

From 2012, the indictment alleges, Norcross and his co-conspirators wielded their influence to shape legislation favorable to the Norcross Enterprise. This scheme reportedly involved cooperation from officials including Camden’s Mayor Dana Reed.

The indictment charges all six individuals with first-degree racketeering, alongside various second-degree offenses such as financial facilitation, misconduct by a corporate official, and conspiring to commit various forms of misconduct.

First-degree charges could result in 10 to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $200,000, whereas second-degree charges could lead to five to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. Charges of official misconduct carry a minimum imprisonment term of five years.

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