Vas Pleads Not Guilty To State Charges

FREEHOLD – Assemblyman Joseph Vas appeared in Superior Court in Freehold Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of improperly billing Perth Amboy for $6,000 in medical costs and receiving $25,000 in improvements to his home from a city vendor for free during his tenure as the city’s mayor.

Judge Anthony Mellaci allowed the Democratic lawmaker to be released without bail since Vas is already free on $25,000 bail from an earlier indictment. Vas is also accused of rigging a lottery for a low-income home to benefit his aide, stealing $5,000 from the city and laundering campaign donations through straw donors.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Vas’ state assembly salary and benefits have been suspended because of his alleged wrong-doing.

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