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Tom Bertoli. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Feds add charges in Bertoli indictment announcement

By David Wildstein, June 24 2020 12:44 pm

A federal grand jury has indicted Thomas Bertoli, a longtime player in Hudson County politics, with three counts of tax evasion, one count of corrupt interference with Internal Revenue Service laws, and four counts of failing to file tax returns.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito had announced three weeks ago that Bertoli had been charged with complaint.  The indictment adds one additional tax evasion count, and three more counts of failure to file tax returns.

The indictment alleges that Bertoli had not filed tax returns on hundreds of thousands of dollars of income between 2009 and 2016,

According to federal prosecutors, Bertoli “concealed and attempted to conceal from the IRS his income and assets through various means; Bertoli cashed at check cashers payments from his clients, made false and fraudulent statements to the IRS,” and used is business bank account  “for personal expenditures.”

Bertoli was a top political advisor to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop before the two parted ways around 2017.

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