NJ corruption suspect discovered dead

Rabbi Saul Kassin is walked to a waiting bus outsi (photo credit: AP)
Rabbi Saul Kassin is walked to a waiting bus outsi
(photo credit: AP)

A political consultant involved in a New Jersey corruption scandal was found dead in his Jersey City home Tuesday evening, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.

A bottle of pills was reportedly found next to the man's body.

Jack M. Shaw was one of 44 people, including five US rabbis, arrested in an FBI raid last week.

More than 300 FBI and IRS agents arrested the suspects Thursday morning, capping a probe that initially focused on bank fraud within the Syrian Jewish community in Deal, New Jersey, but took on wider political implications. Television crews captured the drama, including the rounding up of the Orthodox rabbis accused of running a money-laundering network

Officials moved in following a two-year investigation that led authorities to separate criminal enterprises, including charges against politicians who accepted cash for political favors. But authorities also charged several rabbis with laundering tens of millions of dollars through charities in the US, Switzerland and Israel.

Among those arrested were Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, state Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith and state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt.

E.B. Solomont contributed to this report.