New Jersey Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt and the mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus are among about 30 people arrested today in a federal corruption and money laundering probe that originated in the Syrian Jewish communities, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The arrests are the result of a two-year FBI and IRS probe that began with an investigation of money transfers by members of Syrian enclaves in New York and New Jersey.
Agents from the FBI, IRS and Monmouth County, N.J., prosecutor’s ofice raided schools and synagogues in Deal, N.J., this morning. Boxes were removed from the Deal Yeshiva, a prestigious religious school in town. Early reports did not describe the allegations in any detail.