Lakewood Housing Inspector Williamson Pleads Guilty On Corruption Charges


williamsonFormer Lakewood housing inspector Jeffrey Williamson pleaded guilty this afternoon to accepting $17,500 in bribes during a sweeping FBI investigation which culminated in 44 arrests last year. The two-time state Assembly candidate was arrested July 23 for accepting the bribe in return for leniency on his property inspections for a real estate developer who was actually a cooperating witness facing bank fraud charges.

He also pleaded guilty to not reporting the bribe to the IRS as income.

Williamson faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on the bribery charges and 3 years behind bars on the tax charges.

Sentencing is set for May 3. He remains free on bail. His bail was set in July at $50,000, and his travel was restricted to New Jersey and New York.

Williamson was suspended without pay immediately after his arrest.

{Zach Patberg-APP/ Newscenter}


  1. I hope others will come forward in writing to the judge prior to sentencing to keep it to a minimum as Williamson was & is a real mentsch.

  2. I don’t get it. Isn’t there some law preventing the govt from setting someone up to do a crime? It doesn’t seem like all these people are criminals to start, just they were set up to do a crime. Sort of like tricking someone to enter a room with such a large amount of gold coins that they are rolling all over the floor. Are all the people going to be able to restrain themselves? Probally not. Would most people just not enter the room to begin with? Probally yes. So by tricking someone into the room,that person ultimately helped the person in the gold room to commit the crime of taking a few coins. Sort of like halachas of yechud. You don’t put a person into a situation where he could subcome to temptation.