NEWARK – A former city employee with ties to Mayor Cory Booker’s 2010 re-election campaign was arrested this morning by officials from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Department of the Treasury who are investigating an alleged money laundering scheme, according to a report by NJ.com.
Maritza Falu, 54, ran a company called Latin Eagles Strategy Group that received more than $168,000 between 2009 and 2011 to print signs and door hangers. An aide to Booker told NJ.com that Falu had not been associated with the mayor for more than a year and a half and added that as far as he knew, the charges had nothing to do with her work for the campaign.
Falu was reportedly charged with failure to file state tax returns, filing of fraudulent tax returns, conspiracy and money laundering.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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