The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) announced today that the senior accountant of the City of Bayonne Department of Community Development (CBDCD) in New Jersey was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for accepting $65,000 in bribes from a contracting company for HUD grants.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said that Anselmo Crisonino, 56, of Bayonne, previously pleaded guilty to one count of accepting bribe from Joseph Arrigo, and he also pleaded guilty to one count of theft and conversion of federal funds ($422,360), one count of conducting an illegal gambling business, and one count of submitting a false tax return for tax year 2011.

The USDOJ said that Crisonino awarded HUD grant funds to several contractors and plumbers between September 2010 and February 2013. He also approved change orders on projects where little to no legitimate work had been done by the contractors and plumbers at the job sites.

Crisonino also pleaded guilty to conducting an illegal gambling business and he admitted making and subscribing a U.S. Individual Tax Return, Form 1040, for tax year 2011 filed with the IRS, which he did not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter, including approximately $65,000 in unreported income through the bribe payments.

Crisonino was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and $439,000 in restitution.

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