Elmwood Park Mayor Charged with Interfering with Secrecy of Election Process

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Francesco Caramagna, 74, of Elmwood Park on today.

Officials say the arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

According to officials, in early April of 2019, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received a complaint against Caramagna, the Mayor of Elmwood Park, alleging that he interfered with the election process with regard to applications for Vote by Mail Ballots in the 2017 mayoral election in Elmwood Park.

Prosecutor detectives conducted an investigation which revealed that on or about, during and between March of 2017 and November of 2018, Caramagna, a mayoral candidate interfered with the secrecy of the election process by completing portions of the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, Primary Election Ballot Certifications and General Election Ballot Certifications of registered voters in the Borough of Elmwood Park.

Caramagna resigned as Mayor of Elmwood Park, N.J. on Sunday.

As a result of the investigation, he was charged today with one count of Interfering with the Secrecy of the Election Process in violation of N.J.S.A. 19:63-28A, a 3rd degree crime.