U.S. authorities last week indicted Bergen County Democratic Party chairman Joseph Ferriero and counsel Dennis Oury on eight counts of conspiracy and mail fraud in a scheme to secure local government contracts.

According to the indictment, Ferriero and Oury in December 2001 formed Government Grants Consulting, a company that consults with municipalities on obtaining state and local grants. The two men allegedly conspired to downplay their involvement in GGC while using their influence to obtain contracts with municipalities.

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