Swarmy swindler Solomon Dwek told federal investigators in 2006 that Joe Oxley, Joe Kyrillos and Amy Handlin were in his pocket, according to a Star Ledger report posted on NJ.com Monday night.
Dwek’s claims became public in an FBI report prepared in August of 2006 that was recently released after former Hudson County Assemblyman Louis Manzo unsuccessfully sued the U. S Attorney’s office to recover $100,000 in legal fees that resulted from his July 2009 Operation Bid Rig arrest. Manzo had been indicted twice in the Bid Rig III scandal but all charges against him were eventually dismissed, according to Bob Ingle and Michael Symons writing in their just released biography of Chris Christie.
Dwek alleged that Oxley, while Monmouth County Sheriff, tipped him off about upcoming foreclosures two weeks before the information became public, thereby giving Dwek an advantage in purchasing the properties before the foreclosure auctions. The FBI’s subsequent investigation of Oxley found no wrong doing.
Oxley is the Monmouth County GOP Chairman until Tuesday evening. He has been nominated by Governor Chris Christie to be a Superior Court Judge. Christie was U.S. Attorney during the investigation of Oxley.
The Star Ledger:
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said “we won’t be commenting while (Oxley’s) nomination is pending before the judiciary committee” and would not say if Christie had been aware of Dwek’s allegations.
State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee that will decide if Oxley’s nomination advances, said “they’re certainly some bad allegations” that his panel will investigate. “You have to be held to a higher standard as a judge. You’ve got “to be beyond reproach,” said Scutari. “I’m not going to jump all over the Oxley nomination yet, but I will say that this guy’s allegations are concerning.”
Oxley was to have received $28,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for the foreclosure tips, according Dwek. NJ ELEC reports indicate Dwek and his wife donated a combined $3600 to Oxley’s campaign in 2000 and no money thereafter, according to the Star Ledger.
Dwek also claimed that he met with and got political favors from state Senator Joe Kyrillos, the NJ GP nominee for U.S. Senate and that he gave Assemblywoman Amy Hanlin $10,000 worth of raffle tickets to a Deal Yeshiva event.
Kryillos and Handlin both strongly denied the allegations. Oxley did not respond to requests for comment.
Dwek became a federal informant after his 2006 for swindling PNC Bank out of $50 million by passing bad checks. He wore a wire during the Bid Rig III sting operation that lead to 46 arrests in July of 2009. He has been accused of lying to the FBI several times. His $10 million bail was revoked by U.S. District Judge Jose Linares who said Dwek “has proven to be a consummate defrauder and cunning liar.”