Former Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo Accused of Taking Bribes
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. March 7, 2011
The former sheriff in Middlesex County has been arrested on charges of bribery and a pattern of official misconduct.
65-year-old Joseph Spicuzzo is accused of demanding bribes of up to 25-thousand-dollars from people looking to be hired as investigators or seeking a promotion in the sheriff’s office.
Attorney General Paula Dow says Spicuzzo used his power for his own personal selfish interests.
“People who want to serve and succeed in his office had to pay Spicuzzo cash tribute. By allegedly taking bribes, he violated the law in the most cynical way possible. He sold out the public’s trust.”
Charges have not been filed against three people authorities say paid those bribes to Spicuzzo. He stepped down as sheriff in December, citing health reasons. Just hours after his arrest, he resigned as chairman of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization.