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Blockgate: Treasurer is Witness for the State

September 29, 2009, 12:00 am
By SFR Staff
The Attorney General's Office has filed its third witness list in the case against Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr and his father, Jerome Block Sr; the prosecution's filing lists as its new witness committee treasurer, Jacob Martinez, who was responsible, at least on paper, for handling the public campaign funds Block allegedly embezzled.

The document also lists as a witness a state police officer, Rafael Gomez, who concluded an investigation into a September break-in into Block's home with the implication that it was an inside job, or at least perpetrated by someone intimately familiar with the house. The "ransacking" of Block's home involved the alleged stealing of campaign finance documents and the words "Spic Liar" written on the wall of his office in green crayon.

The Blocks are accused of a range of felonies, including embezzlement, election law violations, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.

When last SFR spoke with Martinez, he said he could not comment on Block due to the pending case.


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