HOBOKEN – Former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano left a federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa. for a new location on Wednesday morning, but is still in custody, according to a local online report that cited a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson.
Cammarano was arrested as part of Operation Bid Rig in 2009, and subsequently plead guilty to one count of “conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion under the color of right.” His arrest came a mere three weeks after taking office. He was arrested for taking $25,000 from an FBI informant posing as a real estate developer in exchange for future help with development projects. He was ultimately replaced by present Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who was at the time the City Council president.
Cammarano was sentenced to 24 months in prison and reported to Lewisburg in October 2010.
His sentence was recently reduced, and he is scheduled to be released in March 2012, according to the Bureau of Prisons website. As of Wednesday afternoon, Cammarano was still listed as an inmate in federal prison in Lewisburg.
A call to Joseph Hayden, Cammarano’s attorney, was not returned on Wednesday. – Ray Smith