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Thomas Bertoli. (Photo: Thomas Bertoli via Facebook).

Bertoli will plead guilty on tax charge

Government’s case against veteran Hudson Democratic operative will not go to trial, no indication of any cooperation agreements

By David Wildstein, October 03 2022 6:18 pm

Thomas Bertoli, once a top Hudson County political insider and political consultant, is expected to plead guilty to a single count of a tax-related charge when he appears before a U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Bertoli was charged with tax evasion, corrupt interference with administration of IRS laws, and failure to file a tax return in June 2020.  He was accused of not paying taxes between 2009 and 2012 and evading the assessment of taxes for 2014.

The plea will allow Bertoli to avoid a trial but does not include any agreement to cooperate on other matters.

A jury trial had been set to begin on May 5 but was adjourned late last year.

The judge, Brian Martinotti, scheduled the change of plea hearing on September 23.

The complaint alleged that Bertoli “obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in gross receipts for calendar years 2009 to 2016.  Bertoli had not, as of April 18, 2017, filed federal tax returns or paid any of the taxes due, other than a $5,000 nominal payment in September 2014, for those years.”

Bertoli operated several businesses during that time period, the government said, including City Street Associates, and Urban Logistics.  He had worked for a number of political clients, including Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

According to federal prosecutors, Bertoli received payments from clients, “including payments from developers and construction firms for expediting services on real estate development and construction projects, primarily in Jersey City, New Jersey; and payments from political campaigns for political consulting services in New Jersey.”

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