NEWARK — A former government official and two pawnbrokers were indicted on Friday in connection with a scam that helped the businessmen acquire and then redevelop city-owned properties, according to acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.

Carmelo García, the official, and Irwin Sablosky and Frank Valvano Jr., who co-owned a jewelry business, each face multiple charges of bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud.

Sablosky, 60, of Springfield, and Valvano, 52, of Florham Park, allegedly bribed García for two and a half years with money and other kickbacks in exchange for advancement of real estate interests, investigators found.

Some payoffs included Cartier, Omega and Rolex watches that were worth thousands of dollars, authorities said.

García, 45, of Hoboken, could secure the deals due to his position as executive director of the Newark Community Economic Development Corp. – a charity now called Invest Newark. He also was acting deputy mayor, as well as director of the city Department of Economic and Housing Development.

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