Thursday, 07 July 2011 14:34
When it comes to government corruption in New Jersey, apparently even the local health inspector is not above seeking a bribe.
Enock Moochi of Jersey City, an East Orange health inspector, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from the owner of a small grocery store, the state attorney general’s office announced on Thursday.
Moochi, 51, is charged with second-degree bribery. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison if convicted of the charge, including a mandatory minimum term of five years without possibility of parole under New Jersey’s penalty enhancements for public corruption.
Moochi was arrested on Wednesday as a result of an investigation by the State Police and the state Division of Criminal Justice.
Moochi allegedly solicited a $1,000 bribe from the owner of a small grocery store in East Orange last week, telling the owner that he would overlook health code violations that he had found in return for the bribe. Moochi allegedly agreed to accept the bribe in two separate payments of $500. He allegedly received one $500 payment from the store owner on June 30. He allegedly received the second $500 payment on Wednesday.
Moochi was arrested at the store by detectives of the State Police Official Corruption Bureau after he allegedly received the second payment from the owner.
Because the charge is an indictable offense, the case will be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment. Moochi was released without bail after being processed on the charge.
The investigation was conducted by Acting Lt. Glenn Lubertazzi, Acting Det. Sgt. First Class Geoffrey Forker, Acting Det. Sgt. Lisa King, Acting Det. Sgt. Mario DiRienzo, Det. Brian Murphy, Det. Oliver Sissman and Det. Pablo Castro of the State Police Official Corruption Bureau North Unit, and Deputy Attorney General Richard Queen.
â€”TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM