In July 2009, 44 prominent Newark, New Jersey political and religious leadersâ€”including mayors, assemblymen, and rabbisâ€” were arrested in a major corruption bust.
Three New Jersey mayors, two state legislators, numerous political operatives, and five well-known rabbis from New York and New Jersey were among those arrested. Charges include politicians accepting cash bribes and rabbis laundering millions of dollars through their tax-exempt charitable organizations. One defendant allegedly conspired to broker the sale of a human kidney for a transplant at a cost of $160,000. http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2009/july/corruption_072409