Three mayors, eight officials arrested in Monmouth County corruption sting

Three mayors and eight other officials in Monmouth County were arrested as part of a federal bribery sting Tuesday.

According to federal prosecutors, 10 are charged with extorting cash bribes and free work from a contractor who was cooperating with the FBI. The other individual was charged with money laundering.

The U.S. attorney's office for New Jersey said the arrests are the latest in a series of corruption cases around the state.

Arrested were Keyport Mayor John J. Merla, Hazlet Mayor Paul Coughlin, West Long Branch Mayor Paul Zambrano, Robert L. Hyer, John J. Hamilton, Jr., Richard Iadanza, Joseph McCurnin, Raymond O'Grady, Thomas Broderick and Patsy Townsend.

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