The Jersey Sting

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Investigative reporters Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin give an inside account of a federal sting operation that moves from the streets of Brooklyn to the diners of Jersey City, and all the way to Israel. Their book The Jersey Sting: A True Story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought It All Down details the bizarre crime: Among the 44 people arrested in July 2009 were three mayors, five Orthodox rabbis, two state legislators, and the deputy mayor of Jersey City. At the center of the story was Solomon Dwek, who perpetrated a $50 million Ponzi scheme before copping a plea and wearing a wire as a secret FBI undercover informant.


Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman

Comments [3]

Peter Talbot from Harrison, NJ

New Jersey's reputation for corruption goes all the way back to the days of New Amsterdam when tapsters and visiting sailors would illegally circumvent Stuyvesant's duties by selling liquor to the Indians and generally causing havoc and bloodshed with the natives. It has always been the repository of the knaves from NY and the escapees from Philadelphia with a penchant for the most transitory of passions: making money by any means.

The recent case that benefited Christie could be repeated with similar stings across NJ for years and it would not have a substantive effect on the ingrained corrupt machine politics of the "Garden" State. As an inveterate witness and collector of all things Joisey, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Apr. 04 2011 03:14 PM
Adam from Newark

I was working as an intern for the Federal Public Defender when this case broke. It was the summer before Chris Christie's election and he had headed the investigation before leaving office as the Federal Prosecutor for New Jersey.
This conspiracy struck me as a clear political move. It was an opportunity for Christie to gain "tough on political crime" status in the final months of the campaign. The odd thing was how few of the people arrested ever had contact with each other. They were all tied to one informant but held accountable for the acts of all.
Is there any merit to this?

Mar. 31 2011 12:22 PM
Estelle from Austin

Fascinating and tragic story! Thanks for the segment!

Mar. 31 2011 12:21 PM

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