JERSEY CITY - Former Jersey City housing inspector John Guarini pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday tax evasion charges stemming from payments he received from ex-government informant Solomon Dwek.
Guarini, one of the 46 people arrested in the summer of 2009 as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation sting known as Operation Bid Rig, faces up to three years in jail and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Jan. 4, 2012.
Guarini admitted in court that he accepted $20,000 in cash from Dwek, money that was never declared to the Internal Revenue Service.
Throughout the first half of 2009 Dwek, working on behalf of the federal government, posed as a real estate developer and met with several elected leaders, public officials, and public workers. During these meeting Dwek tried to get phony real estate deals expedited in exchange for cash payments.