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Former aides of New Jersey Governor face fraud charges

Most of our readers know by now that New Jersey has been in the news quite a bit lately, and not for good reasons. The much-covered "Bridgegate" scandal has finally resulted in criminal charges being filed against three former members of Governor Christie's administration.

The charges that were filed in federal court included allegations of fraud and conspiracy, among other things. One of the individuals who was charged, a man who served as an official at the agency which operates the bridge in question, has already pleaded guilty. It appears that his cooperation with law enforcement officials will be central to the case against the remaining two defendants.

Governor Christie himself was not charged or even implicated in the alleged scheme. After the charges against these three individuals were announced publicly, Governor Christie claimed that the fact that he was not charged or implicated in any way shows that he has been telling the truth from the beginning - that he did not have any personal knowledge of the alleged conspiracy to cause traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge in retaliation against another local politician.

So far, the two remaining defendants who have not pleaded guilty are vowing to continue to fight to clear their names. One defendant declared that some of the communications about traffic problems were made purely in jest, while the other defendant's lawyer said that the defendant who has cooperated with law enforcement is a liar. Still, if they are convicted in this case, they could face several years in prison. When defending against white collar crimes like fraud, embezzlement, identity theft and more, persistence and consistency can be crucial.

Source: Boston Herald, "3 former Christie allies charged in bridge scandal," May 1, 2015

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