NEWARK – Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker, a Democrat, fired a staff aide after police charged him with keeping $700,000 in cash and two handguns in a storage locker rented under a false name.
Ekow Yankey of New Brunswick, who has a 1998 drug distribution conviction, was arrested over the weekend on a warrant charging him with money laundering and weapons offenses, officials said.
The Jersey Journal of Jersey City reported Wednesday that Yankey had been fired, citing an Assembly payroll request form signed by Tucker.
North Bergen police said Yankey used a fake name when he rented a storage facility and had fallen behind on the rent.
Officials said the weapons and money were found in a fish tank when a storage manager entered the locker.
Police determined the locker was rented by Yankey and issued a warrant for his arrest, officials said.
Tucker told the Jersey Journal Yankey worked for her about two years doing community outreach and his salary was $13,000.
Yankey could not be contacted and it was not known if he had retained an attorney.
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