Former Camden Mayor, Convicted In Abscam Probe, Freed On Parole
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ Former Mayor Angelo J. Errichetti, convicted of bribery in the federal Abscam investigation, was paroled from a Connecticut prison Wednesday after serving 32 months of a six-year sentence.
Errichetti, who had also served in the New Jersey Senate, was freed from the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp in Danbury at 8:30 a.m., said Bob Hassen, a prison spokesman.
″I’m ecstatic in regards to coming home. After the long haul, I’ve been blessed that I was able to go through this ordeal with my wife and daughter who were so supportive to me,″ Errichetti said in a telephone interview from his home.
Errichetti, 57, was convicted of bribery and conspiracy along with former Rep. Michael Myers, D-Pa., for accepting a $50,000 bribe from undercover FBI agents.
Myers was convicted of conspiracy, bribery and interstate travel for racketeering and incarcerated for 23 months before his release last July from a Camden halfway house.
Errichetti was convicted in August 1980 with Myers and two other defendants of sharing in a $50,000 bribe in return for the congressman’s promise to help an FBI agent posing as an Arab sheik on immigration matters.
In the Abscam investigation, goverment agents went undercover in an attempt to snare influence-peddling politicians.
Errichetti, who was charged as the ″bagman″ in several Abscam cases and had bragged in videotaped meetings with undercover agents hat he could ″deliver″ 18 congressmen, was sentenced June 8, 1983.
A major force in southern New Jersey politics for nearly two decades, the Democrat was first elected mayor of Camden in 1973 and was also in the state Senate when the Abscam conviction forced him to resign both posts in 1981.
Errichetti said Wednesday that he did not plan to fight his conviction.
″It’s been six years of this nightmare, I’ve had enough of it,″ he said, adding that an appeal would be ″just a total waste of time. It’s over and done with.″
Because of his conviction, Errichetti can no longer hold any public jobs under New Jersey law.
Eleven defendants were convicted in Abscam, including seven members of Congress.