Rutgers board member indicted on racketeering costs

William Tambussi, a member of the Rutgers College Board of Governors, was indicted on racketeering costs Monday as a part of a case introduced by New Jersey’s lawyer normal towards Democratic energy dealer George Norcross, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Tambussi is one in every of 5 associates named as defendants alongside Norcross in a corruption scheme that alleges the group extorted and threatened builders for monetary achieve. Court docket paperwork present Norcross is accused of “main a prison enterprise whose members and associates agreed the enterprise would extort others via threats and concern of financial and reputational hurt and commit different prison offenses to attain the enterprise’s targets.”

Within the aftermath of the indictment, the school union Rutgers AAUP-AFT (American Affiliation of College Professors-American Federation of Lecturers) known as for Tambussi to step down.

“Tambussi has to go,” Todd Wolfson, president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT mentioned. “How can the Board of Governors declare to be official in overseeing the college’s mission—together with serving the folks of Camden and New Jersey—when the one who’s purported to signify Camden on the board stands accused of enriching himself on the expense of town and its campus?”

The indictment describes Tambussi as “the long-time private lawyer” to Norcross. Tambussi additionally represented the Metropolis of Camden, New Jersey (and, unrelatedly, Donald Trump within the late 2000s). He’s accused of being an “energetic participant within the Norcross Enterprise’s plot to make use of the Metropolis of Camden’s authorities to carry a condemnation motion” towards a developer whom the defendants are accused of extorting in a conflict over property and growth rights in Camden.

Tambussi informed The Inquirer he was “astounded” by the fees.

Dana Redd, Camden Mayor from 2010 to 2017 and CEO of the Rowan College/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors from 2018 to 2022, can also be named within the indictment.

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