The former mayor of Guttenberg, N.J., has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return after he misappropriated $16,420 in campaign contributions and used the funds to purchase stocks in a personal brokerage account.
Peter Lavilla, 63, was a two-term mayor in Guttenberg between 1996 and 2000. In July, he admitted that he moved the funds between several different accounts before finally depositing the money in his brokerage account.
Lavilla controlled a number of banks accounts that allowed him to dilute the paper trail. In addition to his personal account, Lavilla held accounts for his political campaign, an organization known as the Peter Lavilla Civic Association, and yet another account for Senior Citizens Today, a free monthly publication in Guttenberg.
But that still wasn’t enough to fool the IRS. Lavilla faces up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.