Louis Manzo and Ronald Manzo are NJ politicians arrested this week in an FBI sting know as Operation Bid Rig III. The two brothers, Lou, a former mayoral candidate and Ronald, Lou's brother and political adviser are alleged to have taken money from an FBI cooperating witness.
Ronald Manzo, 65, is alleged to have introduced Secacus mayor Dennis Elwell to an FBI cooperating witness, thought to be Solomon Dwek. Allegedly, Ron Manzo received $5,000 from the "cooperating witness." Both Louis and Ronald are formally charged with "conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right." The two accepted a combined $27,500 in three cash payments from the FBI cooperating witness.
According to the cooperating witness, he was told that giving money to Louis Manzo was "insurance" to secure Manzo's endeavors on behalf of the cooperating witness, in the event Manzo became mayor, which he did not. Michael Manzo was also charged in Operation Bid Rig III but he is not related to Lou and Ron. Photo courtesy of Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal