PATERSON, NJ – Former Assemblyman and City Councilman Alfred E. Steele must pay the state election commission $8,560 in fines for not filing campaign finance reports for the June 2007 primary, just before he was arrested on corruption charges.
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) announced the fines Thursday morning.
Steele, a Baptist minister, was one of 11 public officials from around New Jersey arrested in a September 2007 FBI sting and accused of taking bribes in exchange for awarding public contracts. Steele allegedly had boast he had “five votes on the city council” for a insurance contract.
The ELEC announcement said Steele already has paid $2,200 of the penalty and must pay the other $6,360 in four installments of $1,590 through April 2013.
Steele, who ended up doing jail time on the corruption charges, served on the city council from 1994 to1998 and in the Assembly from 1996 to 2007. He resigned after the FBI brought charges against him.