NEWARK, NJ - Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet pleaded guilty to one count in connection with his bribery case today. The state dismissed four counts because they could not be proven. Chalet also handed over a $15,000 check to the court.
Chalet was indicted by a grand jury on January 29, 2016 for allegedly soliciting a $15,000 bribe. At the time, he was formally accused of promising a business owner that he would use his place on the Bloomfield Township Council to ensure that Bloomfield would continue its planned purchase of a commercial property.
Chalet maintained his council seat representing the First Ward of Bloomfield throughout the case. It was announced today gave up his council seat thru forfeiture. His term was to expire this year, earlier this year he stated that he would not run for re-election. Newcomer Jenny Mundell filed a petition to run as a Democrat for that seat, Former Bloomfield Councilman David Tucker filed a petition to run as a Republican.
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