- Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Jersey City fire inspector was on the take.

Phillip Procaccino has admitted accepting bribes to help houses of prostitution stay in business.

The 56-year-old Belleville resident admitted accepting $2,500 to help a massage parlor that operated as a prostitution business to obtain a certificate of occupancy. Prosecutors say Procaccino also agreed to take 10 percent of another prostitution business’ profits for the certificate of occupancy.

In both cases, prosecutors say Procaccino agreed to tip owners off about impending inspections.

Procaccino pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempting to obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion under color of official right.



He faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced in February.

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