HOBOKEN, NJ — Disgraced Hoboken politico and real estate developer Frank "Pupie" Raia will serve out the duration of his sentence for voter fraud at home, over concerns of COVID-19 in the penitentiary system.
Arguing that his advanced age (67) and current health conditions place him at risk to the virus, Raia's attorney asked that he serve out the rest of his sentence at home.
Raia was convicted after a dramatic trial, in which he was charged with orchestrating an elaborate Vote-By-Mail fraud scheme, where he would arrange for $50 payments in exchange for votes in Hoboken elections.
Frank ‘Pupie’ Raia started out in the garment and hospitality industries, before becoming a real estate developer. Filling a sudden vacancy, Pupie served as a Councilman in 1988 after the death of Hoboken Mayor Tom Vezzetti. He ran for freeholder in 1993. He also served on the school board—an elected position—from 2003 to 2009. In 2005, he lost a Mayoral bid. When he ran again in 2009, he boasted how he wouldn’t accept any contributions. Despite spending $300,000 of his own money, he lost. In 2013, he was on the ballot as an At-Large Council candidate. He lost that election, too.
Raia was reportedly released from FCI Fairton on May 7, and will remain under house arrest until May 20.
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