Matthew Scannapieco

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Matthew V. Scannapieco, a Vietnam vet,[1] served as Mayor of Marlboro, New Jersey from 1992[2] to 2003.[3] During the course of his career in public service, Scannapieco also served on the Township Council, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.[4] During his tenure, as mayor he not only sat on the planning board but also appointed all but one of the other members.[5] During this time, Marlboro township experienced a 40 percent increase in housing units in Marlboro, or nearly 3,500 new units.[6] In 2005, in the case of United States of America v. Matthew V. Scannapieco, he was charged with corruptly accepting cash payments to influence planning processes and tax evasion.[7]

Legal Problems[edit]

Scannapieco pleaded guilty to accepting $245,000 in bribes from several land developers.[8][9] On June 20, 2008, Matthew Scannapieco was sentenced to serve nearly two years in prison. The sentence was reduced from 15 years as the ex-mayor helped authorities in their probe of corruption in the Monmouth County township. Specifically, the prosecution of three major developers, including Anthony Spalliero.[10]

The former mayor also pleaded guilty to tax evasion, specifically for failing to pay federal taxes on the money he accepted from several land developers involved with W.B. Associates.[11]

Specific Payments[edit]

Scannapieco admitted receiving the following corrupt payments in exchange for his official action:

  • $25,000 in 1997, in exchange for supporting the developer's project on Texas Road;
  • $60,000 in 1997 and 1998, in exchange for supporting the rezoning of property south of Woodcliff Boulevard.
  • $25,000 in 1999, for working to settle a dispute between the developer and Marlboro Township regarding the developer's rights on Dutch Lane, Vanderburg Road, and Pleasant Valley Road.
  • $100,000 in 2001 and 2002, for supporting rezoning property located on and around the former Marlboro Airport site.
  • $10,000 in 2001 or 2002, for persuading an elected state official to assist the developer in procuring an easement across a railroad line near Dutch Lane and Buckley Road.
  • $25,000 in 2002 and 2003, for supporting approvals to construct a large retail store on Routes 9 and 520.

In pleading guilty to tax evasion, Scannapieco admitted that he did not report to the IRS any of the bribe payments he received from the developer. A certified public accountant and certified financial auditor, Scannapieco also admitted that he regularly purchased cashier's checks and postal money orders – in structured amounts and with cash to avoid federal cash-transaction reports – and used the cashier's checks and money orders for personal expenses. Scannapieco admitted that between tax years 1998 and 2002, he failed to pay more than $80,000 in additional taxes.[12]