The Jersey Sting – Book signing at Malibu

3/24/2011:

Authors of “The Jersey Sting” come to Hoboken

Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin – authors of the new book “The Jersey Sting,” will be in town on Wednesday, March 30th (3-5pm) of all places – at the Malibu Diner, where deals went down that got former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano arrested and sent to prison.

“For more than three years, the FBI had been trolling for corruption in one of the nation’s most corrupt states. And the bait this time was an undercover informant, a failed real estate mogul named Solomon Dwek, mired in bankruptcy and facing 30 years in jail for a $50 million bank fraud.

Wearing a hidden wire, Dwek took on a fake identify, calling himself David Esenbach, a fast-talking, seemingly reckless guy with a loose wallet who was willing to pay off anyone to get jobs fast-tracked. Someone with a plan to put up impossibly big, luxury high-rises on what turned out to be toxic waste sites. Incredibly, no one ever questioned why.

At the same time, Dwek, using his own name, began laundering millions of dollars through a sophisticated and complex tax fraud scheme secretly thriving within the synagogues and yeshivas of his own, close-knit Orthodox Jewish community, targeting friends, relatives and former partners. It was an international scam that stretched from the streets of Jersey City to the beaches of the Jersey Shore, to the impenetrable religious enclaves of Brooklyn, and all the way to Israel.

He told those he would soon betray that he was working on “schnookie deals” aimed at outwitting the IRS and his creditors. He told politicians he had cash to burn. And he got one guy running a worldwide black market organ transplant operation to sell him a kidney for someone’s desperately ill “uncle” for a $160,000 finders fee. Really. A kidney.

When it all finally came to light, in the early morning hours of July 23, 2009, there was a rogue’s gallery like no other. Three mayors. Five Orthodox rabbis. A retired burlesque stripper. An illegal kidney broker. A former punk rocker. The president of the Jersey City council. Real estate developers. Two New Jersey assemblymen. Political operatives and Hasidic businessmen from New York. The website Gawker quickly found a way to put it all into perspective: “Everyone in New Jersey was arrested today!”

But what led up to that point was a narrative replete with drama. Along the way, there were case-threatening mistakes, internal turf battles, and sudden changes in direction that surprised even prosecutors.

A tale of greed, corruption, betrayal, ambition, politics, religion, money and morality, revolving around a man known simply as The Rabbi’s Son…”

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13 Comments on "The Jersey Sting – Book signing at Malibu"

SRM
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Why isn’t there a story on the Star Ledger’s release of three FBI tapes of Michael Russo’s meeting with Dwek? They seem newsworthy and damning.

truth1
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truth1

A signed book is part of history. As a 13 year old, I had my lst diner meal at the 14th Street Diner [previous name] which was pot roast, mashed and gravy. A previous owner died as the result of a tragic accident and I ate many a late meal after council meetings when a former Mayor held court. IMO, a signed book is an artifact and a part of Hoboken.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

Hi,
You are 100% correct. That was why I stated in my post (if that was the correct way to put it) an artifact and part of Hoboken definately describes the book better than saying a part of history. [quote comment=”205124″]A signed book is part of history. As a 13 year old, I had my lst diner meal at the 14th Street Diner [previous name] which was pot roast, mashed and gravy. A previous owner died as the result of a tragic accident and I ate many a late meal after council meetings when a former Mayor held court. IMO, a signed book is an artifact and a part of Hoboken.[/quote]

Largemarge
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Largemarge

I ordered the book yesterday, can’t wait to dig in.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I’m going to order the book later this evening on Amazon.com. I have some gift cards to use by May. I’m looking forward to reading it. I might sneak out of work tomorrow and go to The Malibu. I think owning the book will be like having a bit of history(if that’s the correct way to put it) since it’s our town and county and people we know. “We lived it” [quote comment=”205098″]I ordered the book yesterday, can’t wait to dig in.[/quote]

HoneyDew
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HoneyDew

Me too! I ordered the book because I can’t wait to read about how much I can sell my kidneys for. Also, I look forward to reading about Mike Russo getting himself involved in shady politics once again. Bad news. The apple didn’t fall far from that tree, right Mike? LOL Mason & Zimmer steered clear. Mike and Peter took meetings. LOL[quote comment=”205104″]I’m going to order the book later this evening on Amazon.com. I have some gift cards to use by May. I’m looking forward to reading it. I might sneak out of work tomorrow and go to The Malibu. I think owning the book will be like having a bit of history(if that’s the correct way to put it) since it’s our town and county and people we know. “We lived it”

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pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I am very disheartened by that one. I’ve known Michael Russo for many years. I never thought he was like his father. I didn’t know about the Russo/Dwek meeting until I read about it over the past few days and also Michael Russo having knowledge of his father stilll collecting benefits. “Disheartining!”[quote comment=”205120”]Me too! I ordered the book because I can’t wait to read about how much I can sell my kidneys for. Also, I look forward to reading about Mike Russo getting himself involved in shady politics once again. Bad news. The apple didn’t fall far from that tree, right Mike? LOL Mason & Zimmer steered clear. Mike and Peter took meetings. LOL[/quote]

Stabone130
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“Things are never as they seem….”

Sorry to burst your Mike Russo bubble.[quote comment=”205135″]I am very disheartened by that one. I’ve known Michael Russo for many years. I never thought he was like his father. I didn’t know about the Russo/Dwek meeting until I read about it over the past few days and also Michael Russo having knowledge of his father stilll collecting benefits. “Disheartining!”

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homeworld
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Will they be signing the books behind the dumpster out back?

HearditallB4
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HearditallB4

Only if you lend them your pen! LOL[quote comment=”204820″]Will they be signing the books behind the dumpster out back?[/quote]

Largemarge
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Largemarge

Only if you have a kidney to offer.[quote comment=”204878″]Only if you lend them your pen! LOL

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Bonnie
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Bonnie

The authors were on the radio last week discussing this book, and the show’s host made it sound like the events leading up to the sting make for a fascinating read. This book’s on my list.

HearditallB4
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HearditallB4

ITA!![quote comment=”204816″]The authors were on the radio last week discussing this book, and the show’s host made it sound like the events leading up to the sting make for a fascinating read. This book’s on my list.[/quote]

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