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Paterson Mayor Joey Torres Surrenders to State Police on Corruption Charges

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PATERSON, N.J. - As expected since charges were announced, Paterson mayor Jose "Joey" Torres surrendered Monday morning to state police at their barracks in Totowa.

Torres was the last of the four defendants facing corruption charges to turn themselves in after Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced changes a few weeks back. 

Torres allegedly ordered and oversaw work at a warehouse rented by his daughter and nephew in an attempt start a beer distribution company. 

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Torres daughter resigned from the Passaic Valley water commission a week before the charges were announced. Paterson owns the biggest stake in the commission with Clifton and Passaic also owning stakes and some council members questioned if the mayor used his influence to place her in that job.

There is also an ongoing federal investigation into other occurrences of work done to Torres' house, a liquor store his brother owns, and work done at his wife's office. This is part of a separate investigation which began after an NBC I-Team report which had footage of city workers moving freezers, doing clean up, and doing tasks in city vehicles while on the clock.

In November the FBI and DOJ raided city hall while the mayor and council headed to a retreat to recover documents pertaining to the investigation.

Torres' brother has spoke out saying that city workers were also paid by the family for the renovations done  at the warehouse and said it is possible the workers were "double dipping". Records have not been produced that show the workers were paid by the Torres' family.

Mayor Torres in a statement last week in front of city hall,  "I fully intend to vigorously defend myself against these allegations, and I look forward to the opportunity to present all of the facts in a court of law. I am confident when the full story is told, I will be vindicated." 

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