New Jersey lawmaker resigns after guilty plea

| 11/24/2004

A New Jersey state lawmaker who had served as an ethics watchdog resigned from office Nov. 19 after pleading guilty to diverting campaign funds for personal use.

Assemblyman Anthony Impreveduto used money from his campaign to pay his federal income taxes, buy furniture, clothing and household items, and to take trips, New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey said in a released statement.

Harvey said Impreveduto, 56, had siphoned “thousands of dollars donated by constituents to be used for campaign expenses – not personal enrichment. This defendant has demonstrated that greed and self-indulgence are more important than public service.”

Impreveduto, 56, is a Democratic lawmaker from Secaucus who served in the state’s General Assembly since 1988. He formerly chaired the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards.

He pleaded guilty to misapplication of entrusted funds, specifically campaign money, and concealing campaign contributions. The amount of money Impreveduto is said to have diverted is still being investigated.

Harvey said Impreveduto’s resignation, effective immediately, was part of the plea deal. He is barred from holding elected office in the future. He also faces up to $25,000 in fines and a probationary sentence.