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Joe D's Funny Money

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincezo is under investigation by New Jersey’s Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) for misappropriating campaign finances and spending it on personal use.

DiVincezo is accused of violating New Jersey’s finance regulations for not disclosing how campaign funds were being spent, and for using the money for personal usage such as round trip flights to Puerto Rico, US Open tickets, paying off a parking ticket as well as buying a gym membership card.

New Jersey’s ELEC claims that DiVincezo spent about $17,000 on himself. They also allege that DiVincezo did not disclose how $72,000 of campaign funds was spent.

Executive Director of ELEC, Jeff Brindle said “The work that they do is all about storing public trust in government.”

DiVincezo is not being charged for spending the tax payers’ dollars; however, there was no denying the allegations the he wrongfully spent his campaign funds in a dishonorable way.

“We’re going to go to the table, and we’re going to resolve it, and it’s going to be resolved. There are things we agree and things we don’t agree, and that’s why you have hearings like this.” DiVincezo said.

If found guilty, DiVincezo faces fines that are paid directly to the campaign. Broken down, this amounts to a $6800 penalty per violation.

Although campaign laws can sometimes be a grey area with what is considered funding for a campaign and what’s not considered funding for a campaign, all of DiVicenzo’s spending’s could possibly be arguable, except for the paying of a personal parking ticket.

The outcome of this investigation will soon be determined in court in the nearby future.

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