Her partner in her consulting firm has also pleaded guilty to tax charges, as well as wire fraud.

Linda Jumah, a political consultant and close friend of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, was sentenced to three years’ probation Wednesday by a federal judge who cautioned her to stay on the straight and narrow.

Under a plea agreement negotiated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jumah in November admitted she cheated the government of out $40,000 in taxes by underreporting money she earned from her consulting and fundraising business.

Jumah was president of Elite Strategies, LLC which was contracted by the city of Newark and the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) — the city’s redevelopment arm.

Her partner and chief executive officer of the firm, Kiburi Tucker, later also pleaded guilty to underreporting his income and embezzling money from The Centre, Inc., a nonprofit he ran. Tucker will be sentenced next month.

Chief U.S. District Judge Jose Linares said he would order a portion of Jumah’s probation be served under home confinement, and fined her $20,000, to be repaid after she makes full restitution.

Linares said that while the charge to which Jumah pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential sentence of five years in prison, federal sentencing guidelines recommended options of six to 12 months of incarceration, probation and/or home confinement.

Most recently, Jumah worked as a manager for Jersey City’s Department of Health and Human Services. She was hired in November 2016 and earned $75,000. After Jumah pleaded guilty to tax evasion, Jersey City suspended her without pay; she no longer works with the city, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Jumah also helped organize Newark’s Afro Beat Fest last July that Baraka resurrected and renamed. It was previously named “Africa Newark” but the annual event stopped in …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News


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