JERSEY CITY -- A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a superseding Indictment against former Jersey City council candidate Lori Serrano.
Serrano was one of the 44 people arrested on July 23 in the federal government public corruption and money laundering case. Serrano was charged with accepting $10,000 in bribes from government informant Solomon Dwek to use for her City Council campaign. Serrano pleaded not guilty to the first charge in December.
The Superseding Indictment adds a second charge of mail fraud, charging that Serrano allegedly concealed from her joint campaign committee that she had received $10,000 from Dwek, and instead used the money to pay for campaign and other personal expenses. It also alleges that Serrano did not disclose in her joint campaign committee’s ELEC report filed on April 22, 2009 that she had received $5,000 in cash from Dwek on or about March 30, 2009. - RK