FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - September 8, 2009
Former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas was in court Tuesday to be
arraigned on charges that he illegally got the city to pay his
medical bills, had a contractor give him $25,000 in free home
repairs, got the city to pay a $58,000 catering bill that was not
put up for bid and illegally solicited campaign contributions from
The indictment on these charges came in May.
Vas had already been indicted on other conspiracy charges by a
state grand jury. And in July, he was arrested in a federal
conspiracy probe. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges so
The Legislature has suspended the Democrat's pay and benefits.