The Monmouth 11 And The Duke
The second chapter in this story was just too Soprano like to pass up:
He called himself "Duke" and drove around in a flashy black Cadillac with two beefy guys. He hobnobbed with elected officials and government workers in Monmouth County, telling them he owned a demolition company, and did some illegal loansharking to boot.
Authorities say he eventually handed out envelopes of cash in return for the promise of government contracts.
But Robert "Duke" Steffer was actually cooperating with the FBI in its corruption investigation of public officials. In fact, when a reporter from The Star-Ledger of Newark knocked on the door of his Florida home Wednesday, Steffer answered it wearing a blue baseball cap with the letters "FBI" on the front.