– Attorney General Anne Milgram announced
that an enforcement officer for the Hudson
County Improvement Authority pleaded guilty
today to promoting gambling.
to Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni,
Harry L. Aceti, 52, of Flemington, pleaded
guilty to an accusation charging him with
fourth-degree promoting gambling before Superior
Court Judge Lourdes I. Santiago in Hudson
the plea agreement, the state will recommend
that Aceti be ordered to serve a four-year
term of probation. He must forfeit his job
as an enforcement officer for the Hudson County
Improvement Authority and will be permanently
barred from public employment in New Jersey.
He could also face a criminal fine of up to
pleading guilty, Aceti admitted that he was
actively involved in promoting an illegal
bookmaking operation in which he solicited
individuals to place bets on sporting events
by distributing telephone numbers which these
individuals could call to place bets. Aceti
admitted that he also was responsible for
collecting money from these bettors to cover
their losses and ensuring that money was delivered
to the winners.
of the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption
Bureau North Unit conducted the investigation.
Deputy Attorney General David M. Fritch took
the guilty plea for the Division of Criminal
Justice Corruption Bureau.
was arrested on June 2, 2009 as a result of
the investigation. He has been free on $50,000
Santiago scheduled sentencing for Nov. 13.