N.J. Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone, wife to be arraigned on corruption charges

20 11 2009

Newly re-elected state Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone, of Bayonne, and his wife, Diane, are scheduled to be arraigned on corruption charges tomorrow afternoon.

The couple is accused in a seven-count indictment, handed up in August, that charges they deposited more than $7,000 of Chiappone’s legislative aides’ paychecks into their personal bank account and Chiappone’s 2005 campaign fund.

Despite the charges, the Hudson County Democrat was re-elected as 31st District assemblyman earlier this month, representing Bayonne and the southern portion of Jersey City.

Chiappone, 51, began his current state assembly term in 2008 and previously held an assembly seat from 2004 to 2006. He is also a former Bayonne councilman.

Diane Chiappone, 54, manages a hair salon in Bayonne.

The arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Court House in Trenton.

The Chiappones have maintained their innocence.

The seven-count indictment alleges conspiracy, two counts of official misconduct, theft by deception, tampering with public records or information, falsifying or tampering of records, and concealment of contributions or expenditures.
(News Source-Nj.com)

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