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Killers Arrested in "Slaughtering Kids For Kidneys" Scheme

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Some of the more than four dozen politicians and rabbis caught Thursday in a sweeping corruption sting trafficked items like fake Gucci bags as well as laundering thousands in cash, federal authorities said. The mayors of two New Jersey cities, some rabbis and a current and former state legislator were among 44 arrested in the widespread investigation into the alleged scheme. Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, former Jersey City Council President L. Harvey Smith and state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt were among those taken into custody, . "It's a very sad day for the citizens of New Jersey," Fred Tecce, a former federal prosecutor not involved in the case, Search and arrest warrants were issued in 54 separate locations, the FBI said. Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez, who is also an attorney, is charged with agreeing to accept an illegal $10,000 cash payment for his legal defense fund. Gov. Jon Corzine reacted to the corruption probe Thursday morning by saying "any corruption is unacceptable — anywhere, anytime, by anybody. The scale of corruption we're seeing as this unfolds is simply outrageous and cannot be tolerated." In separate money laundering complaints, several rabbis from Brooklyn and New Jersey were charged with offenses ranging from the trafficking of kidneys from Israeli donors to laundering proceeds from selling fake Gucci and Prada bags.

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