- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) - State authorities say a northern New Jersey municipal official accused of soliciting and accepting a $15,000 bribe has been indicted on official misconduct charges.

Bloomfield Township Councilman Elias Chalet also faces counts of bribery, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, hindering apprehension and acceptance or receipt of unlawful benefit by public servant for official behavior. The indictment was handed up Friday by a state grand jury.

Authorities say Chalet told a business owner last October that he needed to pay $15,000 or the town wouldn’t buy his property. He was arrested in November, shortly after authorities said he received the final installment of his bribe.

Chalet remains free on $100,000 bail. His lawyer declined comment on the indictment.

Chalet faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted on all counts.

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