FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2012
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Gloucester County, N.J., man today admitted he concealed from the FBI information about a home invasion and kidnapping that led to an Atlantic City woman’s death, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Henry Ruffin, 41, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an Information charging him with one count of misprision of a felony by concealing what he knew about several people allegedly involved in the home invasion and kidnapping of Nadirah Ruffin (no relation), whose body was found in Philadelphia in April 2011.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Henry Ruffin admitted that during the late evening of March 26, 2011, an individual called him several times from two different cellular telephone numbers. Eventually, Henry Ruffin met with the individual at a convenience store on the Black Horse Pike in Turnersville, N.J. The next day Henry Ruffin saw the individual at a residence in Blackwood, N.J., and there was a van parked outside the residence in Blackwood.
On Oct. 18, 2011, Henry Ruffin surrendered to FBI agents and was interviewed. Henry Ruffin admitted in court that prior to Oct. 18, 2011, he learned that on March 26, 2011, Nadira Ruffin was the victim of a home invasion and was kidnaped from a home in Atlantic City, N.J., driven to Philadelphia and killed. When he was arrested, Henry Ruffin concealed and failed to immediately make known the identities of the individuals allegedly involved in the home invasion and kidnapping.
The charges to which Henry Ruffin pleaded are punishable by a maximum potential penalty of thee years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward; investigators from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Theodore Housel, and detectives from the Atlantic City Police Department for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason M. Richardson and Matthew T. Smith of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.
Defense attorney: Richard Sparaco Esq., Cherry Hill, N.J.