Among those arrested today was Jeffrey Williamson, a Lakewood housing inspector who was charged with taking more than $15,000 in bribes over the last two years.
Williamson had also been a Democratic candidate for the Assembly from the 30th district in 2007. The 30th district includes parts of Ocean County.
In April 2007, Williamson met with a witness who was cooperating with the FBI and another Lakewood resident who had worked managing the cooperating witness’s properties.
Williamson accepted a $500 bribe from the cooperating witness in an unoccupied women’s bathroom of a Lakewood restaurant, according to court documents.
The bribe was given after Williamson gave the witness and the other individual advice about how to illegally use a residential property in Lakewood as a commercial office.
In May 2007 Williamson met again with the witness at a Long Branch restaurant and indicated he had recently performed lenient inspections on 27 of the witness’s properties which would then receive certificates of occupancy.
The FBI said he received a total of $15,000 in bribes over the last two years.