08/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jack Shaw, Player In New Jersey Corruption Scandal, Found Dead

Jack Shaw, a key figure in last Thursday's giant New Jersey corruption scandal, has been found dead in his apartment. The Jersey Journal is reporting that a "relative found the 61-year-old political consultant's body," and that "homicide investigators as well as the regular police contingent responded."

Meanwhile NBC New York reports that Shaw "was found with a bottle of pills next to his body... However it is not clear yet if he suffered a heart attack or may have committed suicide."

Shaw was accused of taking $10,000 in bribes and "charged with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right."