NEWARK - The government informant at the center of last year's corruption and money laundering sting is testifying in his third trial.

Solomon Dwek, whose testimony has already helped convict two defendants this year, is the government's star witness against Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez and tax preparer Vincent Tabbachino. The trial began Monday in federal court in Newark.

Both men face extortion and bribery charges. They're accused of taking money from Dwek, who posed as a corrupt developer.

Dwek began Tuesday by recounting how he bribed other public officials in New Jersey starting in the 1990s.

Suarez, a Democrat, survived a recall election this summer and is the only elected official arrested last year who is still in office.

AP wire services contributed to this report.