Former Wildwood mayor indicted for 2nd time, accused of tax evasion

Peter Byron is accused of abusing his position for financial gain and failing to pay state taxes for years.

Lanette Espy

Apr 23, 2024, 12:44 PM

Updated 32 days ago

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Former Wildwood Mayor Peter Byron was indicted for a second time, Attorney General Matthew Platkin and the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability announced Monday.
Byron, 68, of Wildwood, is accused of abusing his position for financial gain and failing to pay state taxes for years. An investigation revealed Byron's state income tax return falsely omitted required New Jersey-sourced income earned during 2017 and 2018, according to officials.
A new seven-count indictment was filed on April 16 against Byron. He has been accused of the following new offenses:
  • Official misconduct – second degree
  • Tampering with public records – third degree
  • Falsifying or tampering with records – fourth degree
  • Failure to pay tax – third degree (two counts)
  • Filing a fraudulent return – third degree (two counts)
Byron resigned in 2023 after pleading guilty in a separate tax evasion case. He was previously indicted in a separate matter on state charges for allegedly fraudulently participating in the State Health Benefits Program.


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