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Newark, n.J., man pleads guilty in theft of car

October 17, 2011


NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man today admitted his role in a robbery involving a car jacked vehicle in Newark on Dec. 6, 2010, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Reginald Anderson, 19, pleaded guilty to an Indictment charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery before U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On December 6, 2010, Anderson car jacked two victims who were at an auto dealership in Newark looking to purchase a 2004 BMW X5. Anderson violated the Hobbs Act when he obstructed the movement of articles and commodities in commerce by robbing the victims of the car, which belonged to the car dealership.

The Hobbs Act robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a statutory maximum fine equal to the greatest of $250,000, twice the gross amount of any pecuniary gain that any persons derived from the offense, or twice the gross amount of any pecuniary loss sustained by any victims of the offense.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s plea.

Sentencing before Judge Cavanaugh is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2012.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Fabiana Pierre-Louis of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.


Defense counsel: Christopher D. Adams Esq., Roseland, N.J.

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