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Ralphiel Mack, brother of ex-mayor convicted in bribery scheme, likely to lose state job

Tony Mack’s brother started last week as staffer at N.J. Department of Community Affairs

By David Wildstein, March 21 2022 12:15 am

The brother of former Trenton Mayor Tony Mack is expected to lose his job at the Department of Community Affairs, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Ralphiel Mack began work last week as a constituent services representative in the office of Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, the DCA commissioner, despite his 2014 conviction on three counts of bribery, extortion, and mail and wire fraud in part of a scheme to influence the development of a fictitious parking garage on city-owned land.

News of Mack’ hiring was first reported by The Trentonian.

The developers, Lemuel Blackburn and Harry Seymour,  were FBI informants and Mack was sentenced to 30 months in prison for accepting some of the bribes on behalf of his brother.  He was released in 2016.

Federal prosecutors used cell phone wiretaps and a video footage obtained by the FBI from a surveillance camera outside Jojo’s Steakhouse.  The restaurant owner, Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, a convicted  sex offender and drug dealer, admitted that he was the middleman in the bribery scheme.

Mack, the former Trenton Central High School football coach, was hired by Community Affairs even though the Department of Education barred Mack’s employment as a school social worker.

Tony Mack, a former four-term Mercer County Freeholder, was elected mayor in 2010.  He was arrested in 2012 and remain in office until his removal 19 days after a federal jury convicted him.  He was released in 2018.

The former mayor’s half-brother, Stanley Davis, who had been hired as a Trenton water utility supervisor, went to jail for using his city work crews and equipment to perform side jobs during the workday.

The state did not comment on the hiring controversy.

This isn’t the first hire of a person who went to prison in a political corruption scandal.

In 2019, former Passaic City Councilman Marcellus Jackson was hired by the Department of Education despite his 2009 guilty plea to charges that he took a bribe to help a bogus company receive an insurance contract. Jackson later resigned his state job after Attorney General Gurbir Grewal determined that he was ineligible for state employment.

At the time, Grewal could not explain why the Attorney General’s office failed to file an order barring Jackson from future state employment.

Court records don’t indicate that any order was field against Mack or his brother, Tony.

Last week, a Superior Court Judge ruled that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James could not run for city council because his 2009 conviction barred him from serving in public office.

Paterson officials have similarly rejected a bid for former Paterson Mayor Joey Torres to seek his old office.

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