Impreveduto's property information sought State police and FBI subpoena records
by Al Sullivan
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Agents from the FBI and the New Jersey State Police have subpoenaed records from Town Hall and, apparently, the Board of Education concerning state Assemblyman Anthony Impreveduto.

Agents subpoenaed the property records from the Secaucus Building Department for various properties owned by Impreveduto.

Although Town Clerk Michael Marra would neither confirm nor deny the requisition, Town Attorney Frank Leanza said the town had been served with requests for information by federal agents.

But Leanza said the town could not comment on the matter beyond confirming the information request.

Denis Maycher, attorney for the Secaucus Board of Education, also confirmed that the school district has received a subpoena seeking information on one of its employees, but because the matter involved personnel, he could not give out the name of the inquiry.

"Within the district, we will comply with the request concerning public records," said Maycher.

Although he would not go into detail, he said the request was "broad based" and covered various records.

Impreveduto is employed as a chairman of the High School Finance Department and a business teacher at the high school.

Leanza said Town Administrator Anthony Iacono and Mayor Dennis Elwell cannot comment on the matter.

Sources in Town Hall, however, said the subpoena listed properties on Gale Place, Huber Street and Floral Court as part of the federal request.

The subpoena to the Building Department was seeking records on various properties dating back to August 1999. These included assessed value of properties, dates of purchase and purchase prices.

"It appears that they were seeking to gauge Impreveduto's net worth," one source in Town Hall said.

The request came at a time when the town was digitizing its records and Leanza said he had to put out a call to make certain that the written records were not destroyed.

John Haggerty, spokesperson for the state Division of Criminal Justice, said subpoenas have been served to Town Hall and other locations in Secaucus.

"They are part of an ongoing investigation," he said.

Impreveduto attempted to return phone calls seeking comment, but was called away to several meetings before he could respond. He did not respond to later requests for comment.

Part of an earlier inquiry?

Other officials, who asked not to be identified, could not determine if the current investigation was related to an inquiry instituted in May when state police looked into allegedly questionable election law infractions last May.

Agents for state police, after a possible sting operation was uncovered by other law enforcement agencies, raided Impreveduto's house and seized computers last May.

Haggerty said he could not comment when asked if there was a connection between the subpoenas issued this week and the raid conducted last May.

In May, Impreveduto tended to downplay the raid, telling various newspapers at the time that the investigation centered on American Express payments he had made during 2001. Impreveduto told the Record of Bergen County that his wife had accompanied him on a trip to England, which he had charged to his American Express card and paid off using his campaign fund.

Credit card payments from his account, however, were not unusual. Campaign contribution reports showed consistent monthly payments of various amounts dating back to 1999. Although the payment in question from December 2001 was about $2,700, the records show numerous other monthly payments, some for significantly greater amounts with the largest payment made in December 2000 of $13,603.

While the campaign contribution issues are often considered trivial and rarely result in serious criminal charges, the latest subpoenas for employment data and documentation on land ownership suggest that a broader investigation may be underway to look at Impreveduto's overall income, possibly related to state and federal taxes.

Impreveduto, 56, is one of the longest serving Assembly members, first elected in 1987. The 32nd District, in which Impreveduto serves, includes Fairview in Bergen County and six Hudson County municipalities, including all of Secaucus and North Bergen and part of Jersey City.

He served as Assembly minority conference leader from 1994 to 2001. Since 2002, he has served as the Assembly deputy speaker. In the 2004-2005 sessions, he served as chairman of the Regulated Professions and Independent Authorities Committee and chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards prior and current to service in the state Assembly. Impreveduto also served on the Town Council from 1981 to 1982.

Until recently, Impreveduto served both as chairman of the Secaucus Democratic organization and its treasurer, but withdrew as treasurer in July.
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