NJ campaign worker accused of offering gift card for mail-in ballot

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PERTH AMBOY — Amid a crowded political race, a campaign worker for a candidate for Perth Amboy City Council has been charged with bribery.

Ana Camilo, 62, of Perth Amboy, was canvassing a neighborhood in Perth Amboy and offering to fill in absentee ballots in return for gift cards, according to advice submitted to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office the week of October 17 .

An undercover detective then posed as a local voter and met Camilo.

She then filled out a mail-in ballot for the detective and in turn gave them a $20 ShopRite gift card, Middlesex County District Attorney Yolanda Ciccone said.

When arrested immediately after the meeting, Camilo was found in possession of the same mail-in ballot.

State election law prohibits offering any inducement to vote for a particular candidate.

Camilo has been charged with third degree corruption in official or political affairs.

The investigation is active and anyone with information has been asked to call Detective Shadi Zaiton of the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office at 732-745-4263.

Although not identified by the prosecutor, Camilo worked for candidate Jeanette Rios, as reported by the New Jersey Globe.

Rios is running alongside outgoing Perth Amboy Councilor Joel Pabon and candidate Junior Iglesia as three council seats are up for grabs on Election Day.

Two other incumbents, Perth Amboy City Council Speaker William Petrick and Councilwoman Milady Tejeda are also standing for re-election, each with two running mates, respectively, as MyCentralJersey reports.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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