Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that three high-level officials at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were arrested today on charges that they directed subordinate employees to complete repairs or improvements at their private homes or the homes of people close to them while the employees were on agency time during their regular work shifts for the PVSC.
According to Director Taylor, detectives from the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau arrested the following individuals this morning at the offices of the PVSC, adjacent to the agency’s wastewater treatment plant on Wilson Avenue in Newark:
Anthony Ardis, 56, of Paterson, a former PVSC Commissioner who currently is Clerk to the Board of Commissioners and Director of Management Services at the PVSC;Kevin Keogh, 45, of Roseland, Superintendent for Special Services at the PVSC; and Chester Mazza, 69, of Totowa, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services.
Each man was charged by complaint with the second-degree crime of official misconduct. The defendants will be transported to the Passaic County Jail, with bail for each set at $75,000.