FAIR HAVEN ARCHITECT INDICTED

An architect and member of the Fair Haven Zoning Board was indicted earlier this week on federal charges of shaking down a contractor for $100,000 in connection with his work in Bayonne.

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Today’s Jersey Journal has the details on the case against Avelino “Al” Sambade.

The indictment focuses on Sambade’s involvement as architect and manager in a $13.1 million senior citizens housing project that’s now in the final stage of development. The indictment alleges that in 2003 Sambade demanded a payment of $300,000 from an unnamed general contractor—which the Journal reports is “known to be Cutting Edge Construction of Bayonne”—to expedite the job. He eventually collected $100,000 in bribes, according to the charges.

Sambade turned himself in to federal authorities on Wednesday and was released on bail.

Through a lawyer, he denied the charges.

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