Trenton, NJ, Mayor Tony Mack is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to a NJ.com article headlined “FBI probe of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack includes searches of houses of his brother, campaign supporter”,the FBI executed a nighttime search warrant on Mack’s home beginning at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Most search warrants are daytime search warrants (typically “daytime” means between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.), however nighttime search warrants can be specially authorized if the issuing judge deems it necessary for the safety of law enforcement and the people involved or if there is a reasonable belief that evidence sought may be destroyed if the search were limited to daytime.
Mack had been the target of an unsuccessful recall effort by Trenton voters, and four members of the Trenton City Council expressed “no confidence” in him. He has also been named in a civil lawsuit in which the plaintiff, a fired former city employee, alleges in her written complaint that:
- She was ordered by a city department head who invoked the authority of Mayor Mack and ordered her to provide HUD Community Development Block Grant money to a local athlete who was a friend of Mayor Mack but who had not submitted any of the required applications for that federal money.
- She was ordered by the Mayor to divert grant money into operational funds in order to fund a fund a concert being promoted by the Mayor.
- When she refused to divert grant money to fund the concert, she was then ordered to illegally divert city boat ramp maintenance fees to fund the concert instead.
- One of the Mayor’s confidants, Bishop Vaughan, was supposedly hired by the City as a Mayor’s Aide at an annual salary of approximately $39,999.96, but Vaughan was never required to show up for work or complete required paperwork documenting work hours.
So far, no arrests have been made nor charges filed against Mayor Mack.
Trenton is the capital of New Jersey and has a population of approximately 84,900 people.