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TRENTON (AP) John D’Angelo knows he was viewed as corrupt.
Media reports and a legal report cited him when investigating alleged corruption on the Pleasantville school board near Atlantic City.
But when 12 people, including 11 public officials, were arrested last week for alleged bribe taking, D’Angelo wasn’t among them. Nor was his name found in criminal complaints against the dozen, including five current and former Pleasantville board members.
Yet D’Angelo’s role was key.
He was among two people working with the FBI to give bribes to officials in exchange for insurance and roofing services in cities and school districts.
“For a long while, I was perceived in the media as a corrupt businessman and any actions I took in assisting the government were also perceived as if I violated the law,” D’Angelo said.
He also provided the AP a copy of a Sept. Attorney James B. Nobile stating he voluntarily cooperated and helped in the investigation from May 2006 to the arrests. The letter also states D’Angelo was neither a target nor subject of the inquiry.
“Let the record be clear that my actions and work with the government related to this case were completely on a voluntary basis,” D’Angelo said.
He declined to discuss other details, such as how he ever got involved, but said he now has special appreciation for law enforcement and their difficult job.
“When presented with the choice to do what was right or what was convenient, I choose to do what was right at great sacrifice to my family and myself,
” D’Angelo said.
The FBI established an undercover insurance brokerage company purporting to employ the government’s two cooperating witnesses. The inquiry widened when Pleasantville board members referred the cooperating witnesses to public officials in northern New Jersey.
The Press of Atlantic City uncovered and reported on alleged activities in Pleasantville earlier this year, with much of it involving D’Angelo, an insurance businessman from Egg Harbor Township, and Aetna Roofing, a Trenton firm led by Bruce Begg, who didn’t respond to a request for comment today.
D’Angelo was also mentioned in a report by a law firm hired by the school board to review its insurance contracts.
Among the 12 arrested officials were two assemblymen, Mims Hackett Jr., of Orange, and Alfred Steele. Both resigned Monday after leading Democrats, including Gov. Jon S. Corzine, demanded they do so.