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Updated: Councilman D'Urso Suing Assemblyman Schroeder

The complaint filed this week alleges Schroeder gave D'Urso three bogus checks and never repaid more than $330,000 in loans.

Washington Township Council Vice President Joseph D'Urso filed a lawsuit against State Assemblyman Robert Schroeder this week, alleging Schroeder never paid back more than $330,000 in loans and that he gave D'Urso several checks which bounced.

D'Urso's complaint describes the relationship between the D'Ursos and Schroeder, which goes back more than 20 years. In 2008, the D'Ursos made three loans to Schroeder totalling $500,000. Schroeder returned the money, but never paid the interest, according to the suit.

Schroeder then began requesting money "on an almost weekly basis," according to the complaint. The D'Ursos made numerous loans to Schroeder, most of which were repaid.

The complaint describes Schroeder as "a master of lofty but mostly false promises" and states that he failed to return $331,907 loaned from July to December of last year. Schroeder allegedly gave D'Urso three checks that bounced, which the complaint alleged "he knew would be dishonored."

The complaint lists Schroeder and his three companies: , Hercules Global Logistics and RS Consultants, as defendants.

Schroeder formerly served on the township council. He was elected to the state assembly in 2009.

The suit follows similar cases filed since last year in which complaining parties said Schroeder had failied to return loans. Schroeder was also to some of his investors.

A representative from the attorney general's office told Patch Wednesday that they were continuing to investigate Schroeder.

While he was allegedly accruing the debt, Schroeder was a frequent contributor to political campaigns for Republicans in New Jersey. The hundreds of thousands he donated since 2001 include a $2,000 contribution to the combined 2009 campaign for D'Urso and other Washington Township officials.

Officials from the Bergen County Democratic Committee and the Bergen County Republican Organization should return the almost $100,000 Schroeder donated over 10 years.

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Ronnie Meyer August 15, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Why do most politicians spend hundreds, even thousands of times more than what the office that they are trying to occupy pays out in salary (if any salary at all)? With the shape of this country's economy, how much longer do you think peple are going to believe that these characters are truly sincere about being elected to fight for our best interest? Or is it there own advancement, business deals, and monetary gains that drive them to fulfill these positions in our government? Ronnie Meyer
oldmanwtp August 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM
It does'nt matter how much money COUNCILMAN DURSO has. He is partners with Assemblyman Schroder and should be made to resign. Besides Ronnie, u hit the nail right on the head, He has no care or concern for the best interests of the taxpayer or the youth in this community and he's made that crystal clear to all the public. Can't wait to election time.
Bus Stop Talk August 17, 2012 at 01:01 AM
D'Urso is just as slimy as Schroeder. Who is going to believe that D'Urso is any more on the level that Schroeder was. Get them all out!
george phillips August 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM
It's funny how D'urso touts hinself as this incredibly effective businessman, yet gives multiple loans that he never collects interest on.
WT REZ August 20, 2012 at 01:32 AM
We were all laughing....criminals, all of them...seriously..this is SO WRONG.....
Colonial BLVD September 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
$330,000 in loans? Where do they get this money...?? For what?? Interesting...verrrrry interesting...and verrrrrry shady!

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