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December 2011

December 22, 2011

West new york, new jersey man convicted of armed bank robbery
A federal jury in Trenton convicted a West New York, N.J., man, Maximo Castro, today for robbing a TD Bank branch in Weehawken, N.J., on May 31, 2011.

December 21, 2011

Contractor pleads guilty to filing false reports
Christina Tharpe, the president of a South Jersey masonry company pleaded guilty today to submitting false forms to the New Jersey Bricklayers Health and Pension Funds (the benefit funds).
Tharpe Information

Three members of international alien smuggling conspiracy plead guilty
Three of six members of an international scheme responsible for allegedly smuggling into the United States hundreds of illegal aliens from Brazil, India, and elsewhere pleaded guilty to conspiracy today.
Pires Information
Da Silva Information

New jersey country club employee arrested, charged with distributing child pornography
An employee at a New Jersey country club is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with distributing child pornography.
Zerega Complaint

Three men sentenced in investment/Tax fraud scheme
A principal of Mid-Atlantic Trustees and Administrators (MATA) and two of the company’s employees were sentenced to prison terms or home detention today for conspiracy to defraud the United States through the marketing of two fraudulent products designed to conceal assets from the IRS and fraudulently discharge debt.

December 20, 2011

Six plead guilty in wide-Ranging construction fraud scheme
A New Jersey couple and four New York men have pleaded guilty to a wide range of fraud and other offenses stemming from their involvement in a Jersey City, N.J., construction project between 2007 and 2008.
Genovese Indictment
Haynberg Information
Zinna Information

Member of plainfield, new jersey g-Shine bloods sentenced to 188 months in prison for selling crack
Marcus Williams, a member of the Plainfield, N.J., set of the G-Shine Bloods criminal street gang was sentenced today to 188 months in prison.

Newark man sentenced to prison for conspiracy to steal money meant for hurricane katrina victims
David Kollie, a Newark man who illegally deposited Hurricane Katrina disaster relief checks issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the tax refund check of a stranger was sentenced today to a year in prison for his role in a scheme to steal the funds.

New jersey loan broker sentenced to 65 months in prison for identity theft, bank and credit card fraud
Chun-O Kim, a loan broker from Edgewater, N.J., was sentenced today to 65 months in prison for stealing identities and fraudulently obtaining commercial loans and credit cards for personal profit.

Former cEO of new jersey payroll services company first priority pay pleads guilty to attempted tax evasion
Jerry Carter Jr., the former chief executive officer and sole owner of First Priority Pay (“FPP”), based in Hoboken, N.J., admitted today to trying to evade almost $500,000 in tax payments.
Carter Information

December 19, 2011

Former member of ship’s crew pleads guilty, admits conspiring to sink boat for payment
Erik James, a former crew member of the fishing boat Alexander II admitted today that he participated in a plot to sink the ship off the coast of Cape May in August 2009 in exchange for payment.
James Information

Hillside man pleads guilty to role in international alien smuggling conspiracy
One of six members of an international scheme responsible for allegedly smuggling into the United States hundreds of illegal aliens from Brazil, India, and elsewhere pleaded guilty to conspiracy today.
Da Conceicao Information

Palisades park, n.J., man sentenced in large-scale identity theft ring
Chul-Hoe Choi, a Palisades Park, N.J., man who admitted his role in a large-scale, sophisticated identity theft scheme that led to dozens of arrests last fall was sentenced today to 51 months in prison.

Chief investment officer of new jersey hedge fund pleads guilty to insider trading scheme
James Turner, the chief investment officer and portfolio manager of the Clay Capital Fund, a hedge fund based in Summit, N.J., admitted today to participating in an insider trading scheme which netted more than $2.5 million in illicit profits.
Turner Information

December 16, 2011

Former owner of new jersey equities firm sentenced to 10 years in prison for investment and social security fraud
Paul J. LoPapa, the former owner Skyline Equities Inc. was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his theft of more than $800,000 from investors in a scheme involving fictitious overseas investments and from defrauding Social Security.

Commercial fishing operation charged with conspiracy to falsify records in connection with overharvesting of sea scallops off new jersey coast
A Maine seafood company, one of its owners, and four fisherman were charged today in a conspiracy to falsify records and obstruct justice in connection with overharvesting Atlantic Sea Scallops off the coast of New Jersey.
DC Air Complaint

December 15, 2011

Two people sentenced to prison in multimillion-Dollar conspiracy to defraud the government
A principal of Mid-Atlantic Trustees and Administrators (MATA) and one of the firm’s employees were sentenced to prison today for their roles in perpetrating a conspiracy to defraud the United States through the marketing of two fraudulent products designed to conceal assets from the IRS and fraudulently discharge debt.

Colombian national indicted for allegedly trying to bribe immigration officials for residency in the united states
Byron Zabala, a Colombian national whose U.S. residency application was denied for containing fraudulent information was indicted today for allegedly promising $30,000 in bribes to immigration officials in an attempt to stay in the country and secure a work permit.
Zabala Indictment

Leader of plainfield g-Shine bloods sentenced to more than 15 years on crack cocaine charge
Haleem McCoy, the leader of the G-Shine Bloods criminal street gang operating in Plainfield, N.J., was sentenced today to 188 months in prison for his involvement with crack cocaine distribution in the area.

Five men convicted for operating west new york, n.J. heroin mill
Joan Manuel Pina Dominguez, 20, a/k/a “Christian Colon,” today admitted conspiring with others to operate a heroin manufacturing and distribution mill out of a home in West New York, N.J.

Superseding indictment charges genovese organized crime associates and union officials with additional extortions of international longshoremen's association members
Three additional defendants were arrested today and charged in a superseding indictment that adds dozens of counts to a previous indictment charging multiple defendants – including an alleged member and associates of the Genovese organized crime family – with racketeering and related offenses.
Depiro, Stephen et. al. Second Superseding Indictment

December 14, 2011

lawyer for preeminent firms pleads guilty in $37 million insider trading scheme using information stolen from employers
Matthew Kluger, a corporate lawyer who previously worked at four prominent, international law firms admitted today to participating in an insider trading scheme that lasted for 17 years, relied on information he stole from his law firms and their clients and netted more than $37 million in illicit profits.
Kluger Information

Bloods gang member sentenced to 10 years for murder plot
Thomas Haskins, a member of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for conspiring to murder a rival gang member in April 2009 and illegally possessing firearms.

Newark city council aide pleads guilty to tax evasion
Richard Allen Whitten, a former chief of staff to a member of the Newark Municipal Council admitted today that he evaded income taxes by claiming scores of phony exemptions and failing to file an individual income tax return.
Whitten Information

Fake hedge fund managers charged for alleged $3.5 million fraud through foreign currency investment ponzi scheme
Two men claiming to run New Jersey-based hedge funds using a secret computer program to invest in foreign currency are charged for allegedly defrauding victims out of more than $3.5 million and spending the investments on high-end vehicles, luxury travel, and five-figure bar tabs.
Sepero and Provenzano Complaint

December 13, 2011

Fourteen new jersey health care providers arrested, charged with taking cash payments for patient referrals
Thirteen New Jersey doctors and a nurse practitioner are charged in a cash-for tests referral scheme for allegedly taking illegal kickback payments to refer patients to an Orange, N.J., medical testing facility.
Patel, Chirag Complaint
Jafari, Maryam Complaint
Onyenso, Chikezie Complaint
Siripurapu, Padma Complaint
Rosa, Eddie Complaint
Rand, Dov Complaint
Patel, Dinesh Complaint
Lagrada, William Complaint
Khanna, Yash Complaint
Kania, Rameshcha Complaint
Green, John Complaint
Deguzman, Daisy Complaint
Castaneda, Jose Complaint
Cardoso, Lucio Complaint
Agarwal, Shashi Complaint

December 12, 2011

Scotch plains, n.J., man admits $3 million mortgage fraud scheme
Jerry Smith, a New Jersey man admitted today to conspiring to participate in a mortgage fraud scheme that caused lenders to release approximately $3 million based on fraudulent loan applications and conspiring to launder the proceeds of the fraud.

Former cEO of worldwide financial resources sentenced to two years in prison for bankruptcy fraud
David Findel, the former CEO of Worldwide Financial Resources, a New Jersey-based mortgage origination firm, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for bankruptcy fraud in connection with his January 2010 personal bankruptcy petition.

Former dow jones employee sentenced to 24 months in prison for stealing more than $400,000 from the company
Jacqueline Bucco, a former employee of Dow Jones & Company was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for stealing more than $400,000 while employed at a company office in Monmouth Junction, N.J..

December 9, 2011

Camden police officer convicted of civil rights violations
A federal jury convicted Camden police officer Antonio Figueroa, 35, of Camden, today for conspiring with fellow police officers to deprive others of their civil rights and with two specific instances of violating those rights.

Former shionogi employee sentenced to federal prison for hack attack on company computer servers
Jason Cornish, a Georgia man who froze the operations of a New Jersey pharmaceutical company where he had worked by hacking into its computer network and deleting portions of it was sentenced today to 41 months in prison.

December 8, 2011

Randolph, n.J., otolaryngologist pleads guilty to health care fraud
Michael P. Stein, a North Caldwell, N.J., doctor today admitted his role in defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of more than $725,000 by submitting false claims for services he never performed.
Stein Information

Trader pleads guilty in long-running insider trading scheme using information stolen from preeminent law firms
Garrett Bauer, a professional stock trader admitted today to participating in an insider trading scheme that relied on information from a corporate lawyer at four prominent, international law firms, spanned more than 15 years and netted more than $37 million in illicit profits.
Bauer Information

December 7, 2011

Chiropractor indicted for filing false income tax returns
Yanal Kazan, 60, of Kinnelon, N.J., was indicted by a federal grand jury today on five counts of filing false income tax returns from 2003 through 2005.
Kazan Indictment

Medical device distributor pleads guilty for importing, reselling counterfeit and contaminated surgical hernia mesh
RAM Medical, Inc. (“RAM Medical”) — a distributor of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, and miscellaneous commodities — admitted today to importing and selling counterfeit and contaminated surgical hernia mesh.
RAM Medical Information

Trenton, n.J., man admits robbing bank in dress disguise
Kenneth Darrian, a Trenton man admitted today that he robbed a Mercerville, N.J., bank in June 2011.
Darrian Information

Accountant and real estate developer pleads guilty to orchestrating $1.5 million check kiting scheme
Amro Badran, an accountant and part-time real estate developer pleaded guilty today for directing a long-running check kiting scheme that defrauded two banks out of a total of approximately $1.5 million.
Badran Information

December 6, 2011

Final member of perfume warehouse armed robbery scheme involving nYPD officers sentenced to 77 months in prison
Anselmo Jimenes, 31, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced today to 77 months in prison for conspiring to commit the armed robbery of a Carlstadt, N.J., perfume warehouse in which he, together with three active New York Police Department officers, one former NYPD officer and others stole approximately $500,000 in perfume while holding 11 employees hostage.

Elizabeth, new jersey man sentenced to prison for defrauding the IRS of more than $70,000 by preparing false tax returns
Michael D. Merritt, of Elizabeth, N.J., was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for preparing numerous false individual income tax returns on behalf of his clients in Jersey City, N.J., resulting in a significant tax loss to the IRS.

December 2, 2011

Landisville, n.J., man sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for assaulting post office employee during robbery
Lord T. Beyah, 48, of Landisville, N.J., was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison today for assaulting a postal employee during the robbery of a post office in Mizpah, N.J., on July 14, 2010.

December 1, 2011

hawthorne, new jersey man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Gilbert Seidel, a Hawthorne, N.J., man admitted today to downloading images of young children engaged in sexual activity and posed in a sexually explicit manner.
Seidel Information

financial planner arrested, indicted for personal income tax evasion and filing false income tax returns
IRS agents arrested, Ronald Patetta, of Branchburg, N.J., at his residence this morning for allegedly evading federal income taxes and filing false income tax returns for tax years 2001 through 2005.
Patetta Indictment

November 2011

November 30, 2011

Medford, n.J., man sentenced to more than seven years in prison for robbery of bank of america branch
Walter Haskell was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for the robbery of a Bank of America branch in South Orange, N.J.

November 29, 2011

Two members of large scale identity theft ring plead guilty
Two more members of a sophisticated, large scale identity theft scheme pleaded guilty today, including the second-in-command of the organization.
Yang Information
Seo Information

Bronx man sentenced to 34 months in prison for fraudulently cashing more than $1.2 million in tax refund checks in new jersey
Amaury Mercedes del Orbe, a Bronx, N.Y., man was sentenced today to 34 months in prison for conspiring to fraudulently cash more than $1.2 million in federal and state income tax refund checks.

Newark, n.J., tax preparer sentenced to six months in prison for defrauding iRS by assisting in preparation of false tax returns
Carlo St. Jean, a Newark tax preparer was sentenced today to six months in prison for preparing numerous false individual income tax returns on behalf of his customers, resulting in a significant tax loss to the IRS.

November 28, 2011

Manville, n.J., man sentenced to 97 months in prison for possessing child pornography
James Artfitch, a former Somerset County, N.J., vehicle maintenance department mechanic was sentenced today to 97 months in prison for possession of child pornography.

Millstone, n.J., mortgage broker pleads guilty to extortion conspiracy
Robert G. Cusic, Jr., a New Jersey mortgage broker today admitted in federal court that he conspired with a New Jersey attorney and others to extort victims out of money and property by falsely stating they were the subjects of criminal investigations.
Cusic Information

November 22, 2011

Former owner and president of allied health care services, inc. sentenced to more than 16 years in prison in $135 million medical equipment lease scheme
Charles K. Schwartz, the former owner and president of Allied Health Care Services, Inc., an Orange, N.J., durable medical equipment corporation, was sentenced today to 195 months in prison for organizing and executing a $135 million phony lease scheme that caused losses of more than $80 million and victimized more than 50 financial institutions.

CEO of home start america sentenced to 50 months in prison for role in $1.5 million fraud conspiracy
Michael Kaufman, the CEO and founder of purported real estate investment firm Home Start America, Inc. (“HSA”) who directed a long-running, large scale wire fraud conspiracy with loan officer David Wynn through Kaufman’s company, was sentenced today to 50 months in prison for his role.

Two labor union officers arrested for taking bribes
Federal agents today arrested two former union officers from separate New Jersey labor unions based on criminal Complaints charging both officers with unlawfully taking bribes.
Kearney, Sr., James J. Complaint
Viola, Patrick Complaint

November 21, 2011

Newark man admits role in bank robbery
Juan Perez, a Newark, N.J., man today admitted his role in conspiring with his uncle to rob or attempt to rob two banks.
Perez Information

Former maxim healthcare services senior manager sentenced to prison for health care fraud
Bryan Lee Shipman, a former senior manager and 13-year employee of Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. (“Maxim”), was sentenced today to five months in prison and five months of home confinement with electronic monitoring for his involvement in the unlicensed operation of Maxim office that billed nearly a million dollars to government health care programs.

Managing director of bank’s investment company sentenced to six months in prison for embezzling more than $571,000
Brian Campbell, the former managing director of the Pamrapo Service Corp. – the investment arm of the former Pamrapo Savings Bank – was sentenced today to six months in prison for embezzling more than $571,000 in commissions and fees belonging to the service corporation through a mail fraud scheme.

Father and son arrested, charged with scheming to launder drug proceeds through son’s auto dealership
The owner of a Newark auto dealership and his father were arrested today and charged for allegedly using the dealership to launder what they thought were the illegal proceeds of cocaine sales.
Teixeira, Gilberto et. al. Complaint

Two g-Shine bloods associates sentenced to prison for crack cocaine distribution
Andre Kelly and Mustafa Harris, two associates of the G-Shine Bloods criminal street gang operating in Plainfield, N.J., were sentenced today to prison terms for their involvement with crack cocaine distribution in the area.

November 18, 2011

Blackwood, n.J., man sentenced to 33 months for role in income tax refund conspiracy
Jose Adames, a Blackwood, N.J., man was sentenced to 33 months in prison today for defrauding the United States by filing tax returns with the IRS with false, fictitious and fraudulent information.

Two members of large-scale identity theft ring plead guilty
Jung-Bong Lee and Jung-Sook Ko, two more members of a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme pleaded guilty this week.
Lee Information
Ko Information

November 17, 2011

Ohio man pleads guilty to six counts of distribution of child pornography into new jersey
Andrew Cox, 26, of Columbus, Ohio, admitted today to using the mails to distribute to New Jersey videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Cox Indictment

New jersey labor union officer pleads guilty to embezzlement of union funds
Kevin McKnight, the former secretary treasurer of a New Jersey transportation workers’ union admitted today to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the union’s accounts for his personal use.
McKnight Information

Trenton, new jersey man faces federal charges for bank robbery
Jeffrey Garrett, a man allegedly responsible for the Nov. 10, 2010, armed robbery of a Hamilton, N.J., Chase Bank appeared in court today to face federal charges related to that robbery.
Garrett Complaint

Member of armed robbery crew sentenced in connection with middlesex county thefts
Raffaele Danise, a member of an armed robbery crew that primarily targeted businesses and homes in Middlesex County, N.J., was sentenced today to 145 months in prison.

Former finance executive of new jersey company pleads guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and tax fraud
Rusty Spickenreuther, the former controller of an environmental and industrial services firm based in Swedesboro, N.J., today admitted to defrauding his former employer by improperly diverting funds and taking more than $1.3 million from the company.
Spickenreuther Information

November 16, 2011

Two lawyers charged with structuring $354,000 into their attorney trust account
Goldie Sommer and Edward Engelhart, two lawyers with a Fairfield, N.J., law firm, made their initial appearances today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court on charges of structuring $354,000 in client funds into their attorney accounts.
Sommer & Engelhart Complaint

Top new jersey prescriber of drugs to medicaid patients sentenced to 43 months in prison for fraud scheme involving fake physicians
Yousuf Masood, a doctor with a practice in Elizabeth, N.J., was sentenced today to 43 months in prison for operating a health care fraud scheme in which patients were exposed to treatment during 20,000 patient visits from individuals who made as little as $10 an hour to pose as licensed physicians.

New jersey u.S. Attorney’s office recovers more than $137.5 million in civil and criminal actions in fY 2011
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today that the District of New Jersey recovered $137,538,596.82 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 related to criminal and civil actions. Of this amount, $42,460,184.32 was collected in criminal actions and $95,078,412.50 was collected in civil actions.

Ship owner and co-conspirators plead guilty, admit conspiring to sink boat for insurance payment
The owner of a fishing boat admitted today that he developed a plot to sink his ship, the Alexander II, off the coast of Cape May in August 2009 in order to collect $400,000 from the insurance company that insured the boat.
Tran et al. Indictment
Martin Superseding Information
Nguyen Superseding Information

Port executive admits to commercial bribery charges
Donald Olesky, a maintenance director at Maher Terminals in Union County, N.J., today admitted his role in soliciting and accepting bribes to award contracts for demolition and construction projects at a container ship terminal facility.
Olesky Information

November 15, 2011

Department of treasury police officer pleads guilty to disability fraud
Richard Rufo, a U.S. Treasury police officer employed at the Philadelphia Mint admitted filing false information with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs in order to receive federal disability assistance.

New jersey-Based defense contractor sentenced for violating arms export control act, conspiracy with chinese company
New Jersey-based defense contracting company Swiss Technology Inc. (Swiss Tech), was sentenced today to two years of probation for conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act by exporting U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) drawings and specifications to the People’s Republic of China.

Kearny, new jersey woman sentenced to more than seven years in prison for defrauding dozens of immigrants by posing as a federal official
Rosa Blake, a Kearny, N.J., woman who posed as a government official was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for orchestrating a scheme to defraud dozens of immigrants out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by pretending she could help them become United States citizens.

November 14, 2011

Union city, new jersey man sought for failing to appear to face fraud and identity theft charges
Luis Colon, a/k/a "Mike," a/k/a "Junito," a Union City, N.J., man is being sought after failing to appear today to be arraigned on an 18-count Indictment alleging he purchased more than $45,000 in pesticides and pesticide applicators from wholesale suppliers using stolen credit and debit card numbers.

Randolph, n.J., man sentenced to 78 months in prison for possession of child pornography
Peter Dafferner, 67, of Randolph, N.J., was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for possession of child pornography.

Fugitive returned from pakistan after 13 years sentenced to prison for 1997 health care fraud
Saqib Ali, a Jersey City, N.J., man who fled to Pakistan to avoid prosecution over a decade ago was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for defrauding Medicare of approximately $126,000 by submitting false claims in 1997.

medford, n.J., man sentenced to more than five years in prison in knifepoint robbery of tabernacle, n.J. Bank
David Carpenter was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for the knife-point robbery of a Beneficial Savings Bank in Tabernacle, N.J..

labor union officer admits embezzlment
James J. Kearney, Jr., the former secretary treasurer of a New Jersey ironworkers’ union today admitted embezzling more than $560,000 from the union.

Member of armed robbery crew sentenced in connection with middlesex county thefts
Joseph Passalaqua, member of an armed robbery crew that primarily targeted businesses and homes in Middlesex County, was sentenced today to 190 months in prison.

Camden man sentenced to 110 months in prison for robbing west deptford, new jersey bank
Angel Luis Martinez, a Camden man was sentenced today to 110 months in prison for robbing the TD Bank in West Deptford, N.J.

November 10, 2011

jersey city man pleads guilty in bank fraud scheme
Syed Rehman, 44, of Jersey City, N.J, today admitted his role in a bank fraud scheme in which he used unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers to obtain credit cards and mortgages, causing four banks to lose a total of approximately $1 million.
Rehman Information

November 9, 2011

pennsylvania man sentenced to 46 months in prison for traveling to new jersey for illicit sexual conduct with a child
Curtis Miglionico II was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for traveling from his home in Pennsylvania to New Jersey to engage in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old with whom he had been chatting on the Internet.

Belleville, new jersey man sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography
Richard Olivieri, 65, of Belleville, N.J., was sentenced today to 90 months in prison for collecting images of child sexual abuse and distributing them over the Internet.

Former security guard sentenced to prison for making hoax bomb threats to secaucus, new jersey nBA office
Jose Quesada, a private security guard contracted by NBA Properties, Inc. (NBA Properties), an affiliate of the National Basketball Association (NBA), was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home detention with electronic monitoring for making several hoax bomb threats to a Secaucus, N.J., NBA Properties office.

Former new jersey law firm employee sentenced for embezzling more than $1.1 million from firm
Kathleen Baker, the former office manager of a law firm based in Lakewood, N.J., was sentenced to 33 months in prison today for defrauding her former employer by improperly diverting funds, stealing more than $1.1 million from the firm.

Former city of hoboken information technology manager charged for allegedly Intercepting, disclosing e-mail of hoboken mayor and top city officials
Patrick Ricciardi, a former management information systems specialist for the city of Hoboken, N.J., surrendered this morning to special agents of the FBI to face allegations that he intercepted communications meant for the current mayor of Hoboken and top city officials and passed them on to other current and former city officials.
Ricciardi Complaint

November 7, 2011

brothers plead guilty for roles in drug conspiracy
Enrique Done of Newark today admitted his involvement in conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

Manville, n.J., man sentenced to prison for possession and sale of stolen firearms
A Somerset County man, Patrick Dolan, was sentenced today to 20 months in federal prison for possession and sale of approximately 150 stolen firearms.

November 3, 2011

New jersey corrections officer and co-Conspirator charged with extortion conspiracy
Jermel Brown, an officer of the N.J. Department of Corrections and a co-conspirator, Maurice Brown-Harden, were arrested today for allegedly conspiring to use the officer’s position to smuggle contraband to a prisoner in the Garden State Youth Correction Facility in Burlington County in exchange for $12,000.

November 2, 2011

fBI rounds up 45 guns from the streets of newark, east orange and irvington in firearm trafficking investigation
Eight Essex County, N.J., men have been charged with federal firearms violations following a year-long investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force that led to the confiscation of 45 guns from the streets of Newark, East Orange and Irvington.
Jenkins Complaint
Peralta Complaint
Provillon Complaint
Stewart et al. Complaint
McCargo Complaint
Mells Complaint

November 1, 2011

manalapan, new jersey restaurant owner sentenced to prison for false business and personal income tax returns
Michael Logan, the owner of a Manalpan, N.J., restaurant was sentenced today to nine months in prison and three months of home confinement for subscribing to false business and personal federal tax returns.

Four members of large scale identity theft ring plead guilty
Four more members of a large scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme pleaded guilty today to their roles in the criminal enterprise.

Members of perfume warehouse armed robbery scheme involving nYPD officers sentenced
Brothers Danny and Alan Bannout of Brooklyn, N.Y., were sentenced to prison today for their roles in the armed robbery of a Carlstadt, N.J., perfume warehouse in which approximately $500,000 in perfume was stolen while 11 employees were held hostage.

Lucchese organized crime family member and associate among 13 arrested, charged for racketeering and other offenses, including illegal takeover of publicly traded company
Thirteen individuals, including an alleged member and an associate of the Lucchese organized crime family, are charged with racketeering and related offenses in an Indictment unsealed this morning in conjunction with arrests in the case.
Scarfo, Nicodemo et al Indictment

October 2011

October 31, 2011

three women plead guilty in mortgage fraud scheme
A mother and daughter from New Jersey and a Las Vegas woman pleaded guilty mid-trial today to participating in a mortgage fraud scheme that caused mortgage lenders to release more than $1.9 million in mortgage loans obtained by fraud.

Member of organization that smuggled cocaine on commercial airlines sentenced to 70 months
An extradited member of an organization that smuggled cocaine aboard commercial airlines from the West Indies to England via the United States was sentenced to 70 months in prison today.

October 27, 2011

Bergen county woman arrested in murder-For-Hire plot against rival
Nicole Faccenda, a Bergen County, N.J., woman appeared in federal court today after her arrest last night for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill a romantic rival.
Faccenda Complaint

Leader of $200 million real estate investment scam charged in 45-count indictment with fraud and money laundering
Eliyahu Weinstein, a/k/a “Eli Weinstein,” a/k/a “Edward Weinstein,” a/k/a “Eddie Weinstein,” was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Newark on charges alleging he ran an investment fraud scheme causing losses of at least $200 million.
Weinstein Indictment

Brooklyn man pleads guilty in first ever federal conviction for brokering illegal kidney transplants for profit
Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, an Israeli citizen living in Brooklyn, N.Y., admitted today to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for payments of $120,000 or more before he was caught conspiring to organize another black market sale.
Rosenbaum Information

Federal aviation administration safety inspector pleads guilty to accepting bribes Over a seven-Year period
Harrington Bishop, an aviation safety inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) today admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars of “tips” in exchange for hundreds of unauthorized pilot check rides he performed.

New jersey inmate sentenced for preparing false tax returns for fellow prisoners
Jerry Julian was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his scheme to defraud the IRS by fraudulently obtaining tax refunds on behalf of himself and fellow inmates of a New Jersey state prison.

October 26, 2011

tinton falls, n.J., man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of school principal
Dennis Smentkowski of Tinton Falls, N.J, admitted today to driving his car while impaired by the sleep medication Ambien, causing the death of Donald Merce in a head-on collision.

Florida resident arrested, charged with defrauding new jersey firms and investors in securities and investment fraud schemes
Scott Kupersmith, a man who allegedly bought securities without being able to pay for them and claimed to run a phony hedge fund was arrested this morning at his Boca Raton, Fla., office by FBI agents after being charged for allegedly orchestrating the securities and investment fraud schemes.
Kupersmith Complaint

October 25, 2011

new jersey man sentenced to 41 months in prison for stealing nearly $1 million in interstate cargo
Hamad Siyam, a North Bergen, N.J., man was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for organizing a cargo theft ring that stole full tractor-trailers of merchandise from trucking yards in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

October 24, 2011

leader of cocaine smuggling organization sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to use commercial airlines to smuggle drugs from west indies to england through the united states
Roger Folkes, the extradited leader of an organization that smuggled cocaine aboard commercial airlines from the West Indies to England via the United States was sentenced today to 120 months in prison.

prominent newark attorney clifford minor sentenced to 24 months in prison for Role in witness bribery conspiracy and cover-Up
Clifford Minor, 68, of Newark, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in conspiring to commit bribery in connection with witness testimony and for committing perjury, obstructing justice, and falsifying records in furtherance of the scheme.

October 20, 2011

two former executives of first priority pay plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax fraud
The former vice president of operations and the former director of sales for First Priority Pay (“FPP”), a payroll services company based in Hoboken, N.J., admitted today to defrauding FPP clients of almost $1 million and to failing to pay $400,000 in taxes.
Figueroa, Jose Information
Chorro, Carlos Information

Member of large-Scale identity theft ring pleads guilty; another makes initial appearance in court
Sung-Sil Joh, a Palisades Park, N.J., woman today admitted her role in a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme, and a former resident of New York charged in the same scheme appeared in court for the first time since his arrest on Sept. 26, 2011.
Joh, Sung-Sil News Release

Former louis berger group, inc. cEO surrenders to face indictment charging fraudulent billing scheme for iraq, afghanistan reconstruction contracts
Derish Wolff, the former president and CEO of New Jersey-based international engineering consulting company Louis Berger Group, Inc. (“LBG”) surrendered to the FBI this morning to face a six-count Indictment alleging he led a scheme to intentionally overbill the United States in connection with hundreds of millions of dollars in overseas reconstruction contracts over a nearly 20-year period.
Wolff, Derish Indictment

October 19, 2011

three sentenced to prison for aTM skimming scheme targeting new jersey bank customers
Three Bulgarian natives and current New York residents were sentenced today for a scheme to steal account information from bank customers by installing secret recording devices on ATMs in Nutley and Belleville.

Bergen county, n.J., man sentenced to 12 months for bankruptcy fraud and social security fraud
Charles Borhan, a Bergen County, N.J., man who admitted to testifying falsely under oath to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey and to misusing a Social Security number that was not assigned to him was sentenced today to 12 months in federal prison.

October 18, 2011

six arrested in connection with kidnapping and death of atlantic city woman
Six South Jersey residents charged by Complaint in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a 20-year-old Atlantic City woman last March were arrested today.
Smith, Shamerria Complaint
Sanders, Aziz Complaint
Ruffin, Ronnie Complaint
Ruffin, Isiah Complaint
Ruffin, Henry Complaint
Hicks, DeShawn Complaint

October 17, 2011

loan officer associated with home start america sentenced to prison for role in $1.5 million fraud conspiracy
Loan officer David Wynn – who was involved in a large scale wire fraud conspiracy through purported real estate investment firm Home Start America, Inc. (“HSA”) with its CEO and founder Michael Kaufman – was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for his role in the $1.5 million conspiracy.

Newark, n.J., man pleads guilty in theft of car
A Newark man, Reginald Anderson, today admitted his role in a robbery involving a car jacked vehicle in Newark on December 6, 2010.

October 14, 2011

former newark deputy mayor and businessman convicted of extortion conspiracy under the color of official right
A Trenton jury convicted former Newark, N.J., Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Ronald Salahuddin and Newark businessman Sonnie L. Cooper today of conspiring to commit extortion by using Salahuddin’s official position to steer demolition work to Cooper and obtain contributions to organizations favored by Newark officials.

October 13, 2011

New york woman convicted by new jersey jury in multimillion-Dollar atlantic city mortgage fraud conspiracy
A jury convicted a Bronx, N.Y., woman, Jong Shin, today for orchestrating a mortgage fraud scheme in Atlantic City, N.J., involving seven properties which were bought and sold 17 times in a little more than six months.

Two more plead guilty to roles in large-Scale identity theft ring based in new jersey
A former resident of Ridgefield, N.J., now living in Fairfax, Va., pleaded guilty today in connection with his role in a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme.
Son, Min-Soo Information
Joo, In-Suk Information

Administrator/Trustee of retirement trust sentenced for embezzlement and tax evasion
Steven M. Zavidow was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for embezzling $263,000 from a retirement plan he established to benefit his employees and for evading taxes.

October 12, 2011

newark, n.J., man admits committing string of bank robberies throughout new jersey
Nathaniel Barreto, a Newark, N.J., man admitted today he robbed eight banks and attempted to rob a ninth bank during a two-month spree throughout New Jersey between June 25, 2010, and August 17, 2010.
Barreto Information

October 11, 2011

Belleville, new jersey man pleads guilty to extorting a non-Profit company in new york
Michael Arpaio, a Belleville, N.J., man admitted today to extorting a New York-based non-profit company that collected and sold used clothing and donated the net profits to a charity.

October 7, 2011

camden man found guilty of conspiring and attempting to distribute cocaine, aiding and abetting others
Ramon Martinez-Ruiz, a Camden, N.J., man involved in a conspiracy to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine was convicted today for his role in the illegal drug enterprise.

bloods leader charged with possessing weapons and conspiring to distribute drugs
Narik wilson, an alleged leader of the Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods street gang appeared in court to face charges he conspired to distribute heroin and cocaine and possessed 11firearms, including two firearms tied to homicides in Newark.

October 6, 2011

bronx man pleads guilty to conspiring to import 960 grams of cocaine
Arturo Marin, a Bronx, N.Y., man admitted today that he worked with other persons to arrange for the importation of 960 grams of cocaine from the Dominican Republic into the United States via Newark Liberty International Airport and other regional airports.
Marin Information

California man pleads guilty to million-Dollar investment fraud
Robert Schroy, a California man pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and tax evasion for his role in a $1 million investment fraud scheme.
Schroy Information

Third grape street crips gang associate sentenced to 104 months in prison for newark crack conspiracy
Marquis Works, one of three Grape Street Crips associates convicted in connection with a Newark crack distribution conspiracy, was sentenced today to 104 months in prison.

Previously unnamed co-Conspirator pleads guilty in $135 million phony lease scheme
Bruce Donner, the owner of a purported medical equipment company based in New Jersey pleaded guilty today in connection with his role in a $135 million phony lease scheme.

October 5, 2011

Second former mortgage broker pleads guilty to multimillion-Dollar mortgage fraud scheme involving over 50 residential properties
Frank Corallo, a former mortgage broker admitted today that he participated in a mortgage fraud scheme which defrauded lenders and generated millions of dollars in fraudulent mortgage loans.
Corallo Information

Former inchon executive sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison for $4.2 million equipment leasing, financing scheme
David Moro, former Chief Executive Officer of Inchon LLC, was sentenced today to 126 months in prison for orchestrating a $4.2 million broadcasting equipment lease and financing scheme that caused losses of more than $3 million to major lenders.

Former capitol investments cFO and accountant sentenced to years in prison for roles in $930 million ponzi scheme
The former chief financial officer and an accountant with Capitol Investments USA, Inc., were sentenced today to 48 and 46 months in prison, respectively, for assisting Nevin Shapiro in the operation of a $930 million Ponzi scheme linked to a fictitious wholesale grocery distribution business.

Labor union officer arrested for taking bribes
Federal agents from the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, today arrested an officer of a New Jersey labor union, Peter A. Lomauro, on a criminal Complaint alleging he unlawfully took bribes.
Lomauro Criminal Complaint

October 4, 2011

veteran supervisory immigration and customs enforcement employee pleads guilty to theft of government property
A former supervisory special agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) admitted today to stealing government property and selling it on eBay.
Kucan Information

Three new jersey men plead guilty to charges stemming from illegal poker club
Three New Jersey men, Anthony Alfano, Tonino Colantonio, and Guiseppe Pugliese, pleaded guilty today to charges stemming from an illegal poker club in Kenilworth, N.J., allegedly operated by an associate of the Genovese organized crime family.

Former jersey city housing department employee pleads guilty to tax evasion
John Guarini, a former Jersey City Housing Department employee admitted today to evading taxes on cash payments he accepted for obtaining expedited development approvals for a purported real estate developer who was developing land in Jersey City.

October 3, 2011

commodity pool operator admits two fraud schemes and tax evasion
Victor Cilli, a commodity pool operator and day trader based in Hackensack, N.J., admitted today to directing two schemes to defraud individual investors and a financial institution of approximately $2 million and to evading more than $150,000 in tax payments.
Cilli Information

September 2011

September 29, 2011

bloomfield, n.J., man pleads guilty in tax fraud case
Rigot Joseph, a Bloomfield, N.J., tax preparer today admitted to preparing tax returns he knew were false in order to get his clients large refunds to which they were not entitled.

West new york, new jersey man sentenced to 63 months in prison for bank robberies
Victor Vazquez, a West New York, N.J., man was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for robbing four banks between Sept. 9 and Dec. 14, 2010.

former bank manager sentenced to a year and a half in prison for making false statements related to small business loans
Nathan C. Buschman, 32, of Hopatcong, N.J., was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for falsifying loan documents so applicants could obtain commercial loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”).

September 27, 2011

former cEO of worldwide financial resources sentenced in $11 million fraudulent mortgage loan scheme
David Findel, the former CEO of Worldwide Financial Resources, a New Jersey-based mortgage origination firm, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison in connection with an $11 million fraudulent loan scheme.

Two members of armed robbery crew sentenced in connection with middlesex county thefts
Jonah Paul and Rashawn Landin, members of an armed robbery crew that primarily targeted businesses and homes in Middlesex County, were sentenced today to 219 months and 108 months in prison, respectively.

New york man sentenced to six months in prison for conspiring to illegally sell more than $2 million in prescription drugs
Jose Batista, a New York City man was sentenced today to six months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to illegally sell more than $2 million worth of prescription drugs, most of which are used for the treatment of HIV.

Largest recruiter of investors to nevin shapiro’s $930 million ponzi scheme admits lying to the iRS about millions in related income
Sydney Jack Williams, the man who brought more individuals than anyone else to invest in Nevin Shapiro’s $930 million Ponzi scheme admitted today to failing to report millions of the more than $12 million in related commissions he received to the IRS.
Williams Information

September 26, 2011

former post office employee pleads guilty to embezzling $69,850 in postal service funds
Thea Sisler, a Flanders, N.J., woman admitted today to embezzling $69,850 from the U.S. Postal Service.
Sisler Information

September 23, 2011

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to multimillion-Dollar investment fraud
William Graulich IV, purported managing partner of iVest International Holdings, Inc., admitted today to conspiring to solicit victims to invest millions based on his false promises.
Graulich Information

Former nBA player and cEO of the george group charged in ponzi scheme
C. Tate George, former NBA basketball player and the CEO of purported real estate development firm The George Group, surrendered this morning to federal authorities for allegedly orchestrating a more than $2 million investment fraud scheme.
George Criminal Complaint

September 20, 2011

paterson member of bloods street gang pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy Richard Fields, a member of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods from Paterson, N.J., today admitted to his role in a range of violent crimes and conspiring to distribute narcotics.

Grape street crips street gang associate sentenced to 10 years in prison for crack cocaine conspiracy
Stevie Buckuse, a known associate of the Grape Street Crips criminal street gang involved in a 2009 crack cocaine conspiracy was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy to sell the drug.

Founders of luxury charter jet company sentenced to prison in illegal flight scheme
Michael Brassington – the president, CEO, chief pilot and co-founder of luxury charter jet company Platinum Jet Management LLC; and his brother, Paul Brassington, a vice president and co-founder of the company, were sentenced today to 30 months and 18 months in prison, respectively, for offenses arising from a conspiracy to commit continuous willful violations of regulatory requirements for the operation of commercial charter aircraft.

Lead transportation security officer at newark international airport sentenced to six months home confinement for stealing from travelers
A lead transportation security officer employed by the Transportation Security Administration at Newark Liberty International Airport was sentenced today to six months home confinement for his role in stealing money from travelers during security screenings.

September 19, 2011

former cEO of worldwide financial resources pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud
David Findel, the former CEO of Worldwide Financial Resources, a New Jersey-based mortgage origination firm, pleaded guilty today to bankruptcy fraud in connection with his January 2010 personal bankruptcy petition.

Trenton man latest to be sentenced in efforts to break up crack-Cocaine distribution ring
Prince Sarnoe, of Trenton, N.J., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton federal court today to 72 months in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine.

Arizona man sentenced to 235 months in prison for flying millions of dollars in heroin and cocaine into new jersey by private plane
Lorenzo Alvarez was sentenced today to 235 months in prison for flying a private airplane into New Jersey’s Essex County airport loaded with 24 kilograms of heroin and 48 kilograms of cocaine he planned to distribute.

Jersey city, n.J., man sentenced to 31 months in prison for robbing two banks
Patrick J. O’Boyle was sentenced today to 31 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court for robbing Capital One Bank and JP Morgan Chase in Jersey City, N.J.

East greenwich, new jersey man admits guilt, agrees to 20 years in prison for offering child rape videos on internet
Robert Paratore, an East Greenwich, N.J., man admitted today to advertizing child pornography for others to download over the Internet, including videos of infants being sexually assaulted.
Paratore Information

September 16, 2011

manahawkin woman in court to answer charges of bankruptcy fraud and structuring
Marjorie Parise, a Manahawkin, N.J., woman who was indicted for her role in refusing to return the proceeds of an investment she had made in a Ponzi scheme and structuring the withdrawal of money from bank accounts surrendered to law enforcement authorities today.
Parise Indictment

Atlantic city man sentenced to 188 months in prison for transporting minors for work as prostitutes
Javon Gordon, a child sex trafficker was sentenced today to 188 months in prison for transporting two minor girls across state lines in support of a prostitution enterprise he ran in Atlantic City, N.J.

September 15, 2011

wright medical technology, inc. deferred prosecution agreement with government extended for 12 months
The 12-month Deferred Prosecution Agreement executed in September 2010 by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. – a publicly-traded national manufacturer and distributor of orthopaedic implant devices and supplies based in Arlington, Tenn. – has been extended by another 12 months.
Wright Medical DPA Extension

Third new jersey chinese restaurant partner-Manager admits failing to pay taxes, fraudulently securing social security benefits for himself and his children
Peter J. Wagar, a third partner-manager of Sawa Sushi Asian restaurants in Long Branch and Eatontown, N.J., admitted today to failing to pay taxes to the IRS and to fraudulently securing Social Security benefits.
Wager Information

Grape street crips street gang member sentenced to five years in prison for crack cocaine conspiracy
Rasheed Smith, a member of the Grape Street Crips criminal street gang was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for his role in a Newark-based crack cocaine distribution conspiracy.

Bergen county woman pleads guilty in $8 million ponzi scheme based on phony wholesale company
Jenifer Devine, a Bergen County, N.J., woman who owned a purported wholesale merchandise broker admitted today to running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that resulted in losses to investors of more than $2 million.
Devine Information

Belleville woman admits role in structuring and mortgage fraud
A Belleville, N.J., woman, Kim S. Morris, admitted today she participated in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded Wells Fargo Bank and that she structured money orders to evade transaction reporting and identification requirements.
Morris Information

Former international longshoremen’s union officer arrested, charged with embezzlement
Gregory Taylor, the former secretary treasurer of Longshoremen’s Local 1233 in Newark has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 in union funds for his personal use.
Taylor Complaint

September 14, 2011

east brunswick, new jersey man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Joseph R. Buckelew, III, an East Brunswick, N.J., man admitted today to storing a collection of images on his home computer of children being sexually abused, sometimes violently.
Buckelew Information

Federal jury convicts camden man for illegal firearm possession
Shawn Coleman, a Camden man was convicted today in federal court for illegal possession of a loaded handgun.

Two airline passengers who smuggled liquid cocaine into u.S. appear in federal court for plea, sentencing
A woman from Spain, Maria Angeles Cano Tomas, was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison by U.S. District Judge William J. Martini for her role in illegally importing more than 5 kilograms of cocaine into the United States on a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Member of perfume warehouse armed robbery scheme involving nYPD officers sentenced to 70 months in prison
Luis Morales, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced today to 70 months in federal prison for his role in the armed robbery of a Carlstadt, N.J., perfume warehouse in which he and several active NYPD officers, one former NYPD officer, and others stole approximately $500,000 of perfume while holding 11 employees hostage.

Hudson county criminal defense attorney pleads guilty to tax crimes, consents to disbarment
Francis Cutruzzula, a Hudson County, N.J., defense attorney who has not filed a personal income tax return since 2000 admitted today to committing tax crimes in connection with income he received from his law practice.
Cotruzzula Information

September 13, 2011

former louisiana sheriff’s office employee sentenced to 39 months in prison for distributing child pornography
Roger Elkins was sentenced today to 39 months in prison for trading images of sexually abused children with a convicted producer of child pornography involving abused young boys in Thailand.

New jersey gang member admits mistaken identity murder, other gang-Related crimes
Torien Brooks, a set leader in the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang, admitted today to murdering an innocent teenager in a case of mistaken identity, kidnapping a rival gang member and conspiring to distribute narcotics as part of a racketeering conspiracy.

Former nYPD officer sentenced to 87 months in prison for perfume warehouse armed robbery
Richard LeBlanca, a former New York City police officer was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison for conspiring to commit the armed robbery of a Carlstadt, N.J., perfume warehouse, in which he, other active New York Police officers, and others stole approximately $500,000 of perfume while holding 11 employees hostage.

Former essex county deputy sheriff pleads guilty to money laundering
Eric Hawkins, a former Essex County Deputy Sheriff admitted today to laundering money he believed was the proceeds of drug trafficking.

September 12, 2011

new jersey man sentenced to 87 months in prison for possessing oxycodone for sale illegally
Joseph Baker, a Rio Grande, N.J., man who traveled to Florida 29 times to illegally obtain and distribute oxycodone was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison for possession of the drug with intent to distribute.

Former nYPD officer sentenced to 51 months in prison for perfume warehouse Armed robbery with active-Duty cops
Orlando Garcia, a former New York City police officer was sentenced today to 51 months in federal prison for conspiring to commit the armed robbery of a Carlstadt, N.J., perfume warehouse, in which he, three active New York Police officers, and others stole approximately $500,000 of perfume while holding 11 employees hostage.

maxim healthcare services charged with fraud, agrees to pay approximately $150 million, enact reforms after false billings revealed as common practice
Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. (“Maxim”) – one of the nation’s leading providers of home healthcare services – has entered into a settlement to resolve criminal and civil charges relating to a nationwide scheme to defraud Medicaid programs and the Veterans Affairs program of more than $61 million.
Maxim Complaint
Maxim Deferred Prosecution Agreement
Maxim Corporate Integrity Agreement
Maxim Civil Settlement Agreement

September 9, 2011

union city man found guilty of heroin mill conspiracy
Jose Manuel Almonte, a Union City, N.J., man involved in a 2009 conspiracy to process, package, and distribute heroin was convicted today for his role in the illegal drug enterprise.

Bayonne, new jersey man sentenced to more than three years in prison for conspiring to extort local businessman
A Bayonne, N.J., man was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for an extortion conspiracy stemming from a scheme to obtain a $61,000 payment from a Bayonne businessman.

Brooklyn man sentenced to a year and a half in prison for illegally transmitting cash to rabbi and solomon dwek
Yeshaye Ehrental, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for operating an illegal money transmitting business that transferred large amounts of cash to government cooperating witness Solomon Dwek and to Rabbi Eliahu Ben Haim, the then-principal rabbi of Congregation Ohel Yaacob in Deal, N.J.

September 8, 2011

former u.S. mint police officer pleads guilty to theft of $2.4 million in error coins from the u.S. mint
William Gray, a North Wildwood, N.J., man who worked as a police officer at the U.S. Mint today admitted stealing $2.4 million worth of error coins from the U.S. Mint and selling them to a coin distributor in California.
Gray Information

Paterson bloods gang member pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy
Haleek State, a member of the Paterson, N.J., Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang admitted today to conspiring to murder and kidnap a rival gang member and to distribute narcotics as part of a racketeering conspiracy.

investment adviser sentenced to 14 years in prison for $16.7 million fictitious investment program scam
Sandra Venetis, the owner of Branchburg, New Jersey-based investment adviser Systematic Financial Associates, Inc., was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for defrauding investors of more than $11.5 million by soliciting investments in a fictitious investment program.

September 7, 2011

new jersey pharmacist pleads guilty in scheme to illegally distribute pharmaceutical drugs
Vincent Hsia, a pharmacist and the former proprietor of Lincoln Pharmacy Network in Edison, N.J., admitted today that he conspired to distribute oxycodone and that he filed false personal and corporate income tax returns for tax years 2008 and 2009 which failed to report his proceeds from the scheme.
Hsia et. al. Superseding Indictment

Newark man sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for armed bank robbery that ended in shootout with law enforcement
James Holmes, a 57-year-old Newark man was sentenced today to 215 months in prison for robbing a Bank of America branch in Franklin Township, N.J., on March 12, 2009.

former jersey city council candidate indicted for alleged campaign fund fraud
Lavern Webb Washington, a former candidate for Jersey City, N.J., City Council, was indicted today for defrauding her campaign fund in connection with money provided to her by government cooperating witness Solomon Dwek in exchange for her future official assistance.
Webb Washington Indictment

former defense contractor employee faces additional charges for allegedly exporting military technology to china
Sixing Liu, a former employee of a New Jersey-based defense contractor was indicted today on additional charges for allegedly misappropriating and exporting sensitive military technology to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Liu Superseding Indictment

Former nYPD officers, conspirator sentenced to federal prison in perfume warehouse robbery scheme
Former New York Police Department officer Kelvin L. Jones, 30, of Yonkers, N.Y., who was convicted of robbing a Carlstadt warehouse of more than $500,000 worth of perfume while holding 11 employees hostage, was sentenced to 195 months in prison today by U.S. District Court Judge William H. Walls in Newark.

CEO of carlstadt-Based bulk mail company sentenced to 70 months in prison for $4.5 million wire fraud conspiracy
Arthur Marino, the founder and owner of New Tech Direct, Inc., a bulk mail company based in Carlstadt, N.J., was sentenced today to 70 months in prison and was ordered to pay more than $4.5 million in restitution for directing a long-running, large-scale wire fraud conspiracy through his company.

Former campaign treasurer for u.S. congressman from new jersey sentenced to prison for embezzling campaign funds
Andrew J. McCrosson, Jr., the former campaign treasurer for Representative Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $450,000 from the congressman’s election and re-election campaign accounts.

September 6, 2011

hudson county welfare case worker admits extorting recipients by threatening to terminate benefits
Walter Payton, a Hudson County, N.J., welfare case worker admitted today to attempting to extort welfare recipients by threatening to terminate their benefits.
Payton Information

September 1, 2011

new jersey u.S. attorney paul j. fishman to lead attorney general’s advisory committee
Today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the appointment of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul J. Fishman as chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC). Attorney General Holder also appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch to serve as vice chair. Both appointments will become effective Sept. 7, 2011.


August 2011

August 31, 2011

freehold, new jersey man pleads guilty to receipt of child pornography
John L. Donahue, Jr., 47, of Freehold, N.J., admitted today to collecting sexually explicit images of children and downloading them from the internet.
Donahue Information

Dayton, new jersey woman and hicksville, new york man charged in $10 million credit card fraud
Razia Bibi of Dayton, N.J., and Tahir Lodhi, of Hicksville, N.Y., were arrested today and charged with participating in a credit card “bust out” conspiracy by, among other things, creating hundreds of fraudulent identities to obtain thousands of credit cards.
Bibi, Razia and Lodhi, Tahir Complaint

Twin sisters in newark, new jersey charged with operating oxycodone distribution ring
Twin sisters were arrested today at their residence in Newark, N.J. for allegedly operating an oxycodone distribution network using counterfeit medical prescriptions.
Bass, Shirley and Bass, Sharee Criminal Complaint

August 30, 2011

lake hiawatha, new jersey man sentenced to 71 months in prison for impersonating an international law firm and financial institution in a wire fraud scheme
Vlade Stojchevski of Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 71 months in prison in connection with a multi-faceted wire fraud scheme in which he impersonated an international law firm and a financial institution.

August 29, 2011

jury convicts one of the owners of former new york payroll company, total time solutions, lLC of wire fraud
One of the owners of former payroll services company, Total Time Solutions, LLC (“TTS”), was convicted by a jury of two counts of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud clients out of millions of dollars in payroll taxes that were not paid to the IRS.

August 26, 2011

bloods leader arrested, charged with possessing arsenal of weapons tied to murders and other violent acts in newark
Narik Wilson, an alleged leader of the Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods street gang was arrested today and charged with possessing eleven firearms, including two firearms tied to homicides in Newark.
Wilson Criminal Complaint

August 23, 2011

former bCIA chairman and principal in new jersey mortgage brokerage firm and colleague plead guilty in mortgage fraud scheme
Ronald J. O’Malley, the former Chairman and Commissioner of the Bergen County Improvement Authority (“BCIA”) and a principal in the Ridgewood mortgage brokerage firm Diversified Financial Group, d/b/a Residential Mortgage Corporation (“Residential Mortgage”), and Laura-Jean Arvelo, a former Residential Mortgage employee, both pled guilty today in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme at Residential Mortgage that falsely claimed BCIA employment for numerous mortgage borrowers.
O'Malley et. al. Indictment

Five defendants charged in multi-State identity theft and fraud conspiracy
A federal complaint was unsealed this morning, charging five defendants with participating in a conspiracy to defraud Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and T-Mobile USA by, among other things, engaging in wide-scale identity theft and fraud.
Rodriguez et. al. Criminal Complaint

August 22, 2011

former pilot of luxury charter jet company sentenced to six months in prison for flying illegal flights and falsifying safety records
Francis Vieira, a former pilot of the now-defunct luxury charter jet company Platinum Jet Management, LLC was sentenced today to six months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud charter customers and brokers using interstate wires and to impede and obstruct the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

August 18, 2011

three members of the bloods street gang plead guilty in new jersey to racketeering conspiracy
Three more Bloods members from Newark and Paterson, N.J., have admitted to a range of violent crimes and conspiring to distribute narcotics as part of a racketeering conspiracy in furtherance of the gang’s activities.
Young et. al. Indictment

Basking ridge, new jersey man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Hakan Pekcan, of Basking Ridge, N.J., admitted today to collecting sexually explicit images of children on DVDs he purchased from Japan and by downloading them from the Internet.
Pekcan Information

Investment advisor sentenced to 58 months in prison for $2.4 million fraud targeting union pension fund and other investors in new jersey and new york
Carlo Chiaese, a Westfield, New Jersey-based investment advisor was sentenced today to 58 months in prison for defrauding numerous investors, including a union pension fund, of more than $2.4 million by funding his lavish lifestyle with money he claimed to be investing in conservative securities.

August 17, 2011

massachusetts couple sentenced to 87 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 17 kilos of cocaine bought at newark airport
Enrique Nunez and Rosa Nunez, a Worcester, Mass., couple was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison for traveling to Newark, N.J., to obtain approximately 17 kilos of cocaine that they planned to distribute in their home state.

Disbarred new jersey attorney admits failing to report tax preparation income, resulting in over $1.1 million in tax losses
Joseph Gallagher, a tax preparer and disbarred New Jersey lawyer, admitted today to submitting false tax returns or failing to file returns for five years, resulting in a tax loss to the government of more than $1.1 million.
Gallagher Information

August 16, 2011

Fourth man pleads guilty in $40.8 million mortgage fraud scheme
Michael Williams, a fourth New Jersey man admitted today to his role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud conspiracy, serving as a “straw buyer” to cause a lender to release more than $632,000 based on a fraudulent mortgage loan application.
Williams Information

Bloods gang member admits murder plot in aid of racketeering
Thomas Haskins, a member of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang admitted today to conspiring to murder a rival gang member in April 2009 and illegally possessing firearms.
Haskins Information

former shionogi employee admits to hack attack on company servers
A Georgia man, Jason Cornish, who froze the operations of a New Jersey pharmaceutical company where he had worked by deleting portions of its computer network pleaded guilty this morning, admitting he executed the attack.
Cornish Information

August 15, 2011

two admit plot to smuggle cocaine from panama through newark airport
Two New York men, Reginald Estrada and Michael Rose, admitted today that they worked together to arrange the importation of cocaine from Panama into the United States via Newark Liberty International Airport.
Estrada et. al. Indictment

burlington, new jersey man sentenced to nine years in prison for possession of child pornography
Patrick McGuigan of Burlington, N.J., was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for collecting images, for his personal gratification, of children being violently sexually abused.

new jersey attorney and cPA sentenced to prison for filing false income tax return
David Lewis, a lawyer and Certified Public Accountant with his own law firm in Morristown, N.J., was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for filing a false federal income tax return.

new jersey man sentenced to prison for abusing sleeping woman on international flight
Ramesh Advani, a Berkeley Heights, N.J., man was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for sexually abusing a woman who was sleeping while on board a flight from Hong Kong to Newark Liberty International Airport.

August 12, 2011

pennsauken, new jersey man sentenced to three years in prison for lying to get a job with the u.S. census bureau
Frank Kuni, a Pennsauken, N.J., man who lied in order to secure a position with the U.S. Census Bureau was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for providing false information to the government.

August 11, 2011

new jersey loan broker pleads guilty to identity theft, bank and credit card fraud
Chun-O Kim, a loan broker from Edgewater, N.J., admitted today to stealing identities and fraudulently obtaining commercial loans and credit cards for personal profit.
Kim Information

Alcohol importer admits smuggling distilled spirit from korea into the united states, related crimes
Do Young Lee, a former Medford, N.J., resident in the business of importing alcohol from Korea admitted today to smuggling a distilled spirit into the United States, failing to pay the proper taxes on the imports, and laundering the profits back into the operation.
Lee Information

Mint police officer arrested, charged in new jersey for alleged disability fraud
Richard Rufo, a police officer employed by the U.S. Treasury at the Philadelphia Mint was arrested this morning at his Mt. Laurel, N.J., residence for allegedly defrauding the government by collecting disability benefits to which he was not entitled.
Rufo Criminal Complaint

August 10, 2011

former freehold, new jersey yMCA employee sentenced to 55 months in prison for possession of child pornography
Thomas Freeman, a former employee of a YMCA in Freehold, N.J., was sentenced today to 55 months in prison for collecting images of children being sexually abused.

Irvington, new jersey man arrested, charged for failing to register as sex offender
Deputies of the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Rolston Browne yesterday at his Irvington, N.J., residence for failing to register as a sex offender after moving to New Jersey, as is required by federal law.
Browne Criminal Complaint

Former general glass president arrested, indicted for filing false income tax returns
IRS agents arrested, Frank A. Dominico, a Linwood, N.J., man at his residence this morning for allegedly filing false income tax returns for tax years 2004 through 2009.
Dominico Indictment

August 9, 2011

bloods gang leader pleads guilty in new jersey to racketeering conspiracy
Vincent Young, the leader of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang admitted today to conspiring to distribute narcotics in Paterson and Newark, N.J., as part of a racketeering conspiracy.

Former tD bank teller sentenced to prison for role in robbery of gas station owner
Stephanie Jordan, a former TD Bank teller was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for her role in the robbery of a gas station owner outside a TD Bank in Deptford.

August 8, 2011

dutch citizen arrested, charged with conspiracy to export goods to iran
Federal agents arrested, Ulrich Davis, a former manager of a Netherlands-based freight forwarding company Saturday evening, August 6, 2011, for allegedly conspiring with others to export goods – including aircraft parts, peroxide, and other materials – to Iran.
Davis Criminal Complaint

August 4, 2011

washington, new jersey man sentenced to eight years in prison for robbing five banks
Joseph Pennello, of Washington, N.J., was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for robbing five banks between January 29 and March 10, 2011.

August 2, 2011

Former cFO of new jersey-based printing supply company sentenced to 56 months in prison for embezzlement scheme
John Eichner, the former Chief Financial Officer of the New Jersey-based Harold M. Pitman Company was sentenced today to 56 months in prison for embezzling more than $2 million from his former employer.

Edison, new jersey lawyer indicted for alleged scheme to defraud police officers, others through fake iRS investigation
A federal grand jury today returned an Indictment charging Thomas G. Frey, an Edison, N.J., lawyer with conspiring to extort four victims, including two police officers, in an attempt to defraud the victims out of tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Frey Indictment

New jersey asian restaurant owners admit failing to pay taxes, harboring unlawful aliens
Brothers-in-law and owners of Sawa Sushi Asian restaurants in Long Branch and Eatontown, N.J., admitted today to failing to pay payroll taxes to the IRS and harboring unlawful aliens.
Tung Information
Chang Information

camden man sentenced to seven years in prison for scheme to steal government checks from u.S. mail
Nathaniel Johnson was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for stealing government funds in the form of checks from mailboxes and mail trucks in connection with an identity theft scheme that he ran with his wife, Lakisha Scanes.

August 1, 2011

Leader of plainfield g-Shine bloods pleads guilty to crack cocaine charge
Haleem McCoy, the leader of the G-Shine Bloods criminal street gang operating in Plainfield, N.J., admitted today to his involvement with crack cocaine distribution in the area.
McCoy Information

July 2011

July 29, 2011

washington township, new jersey felon sentenced to prison for weapons stockpile
Daniel M. Furesz, a Bergen County man who is a previously convicted felon was sentenced today to 70 months in federal prison for possessing a cache of 36 firearms in his Washington Township home and an additional gun in his car.

July 28, 2011

former continental airlines mechanic admits conspiracy to distribute heroin by using international flights
Joseph Muniz, a former Continental Airlines aircraft mechanic pleaded guilty today in connection with a conspiracy to distribute heroin using inbound international flights to Newark Liberty International Airport.
Muniz Indictment

Browns mills, new jersey woman admits $1.7 million student loan fraud scheme
La’Vada Cruse admitted today to orchestrating a scheme in which she filed more than 90 fraudulent student loan applications seeking a total of more than $1.7 million.
Cruse Information

Former new jersey mortgage broker admits role in multimillion-Dollar mortgage fraud scheme
Ara Mesropian, a former New Jersey mortgage broker admitted today that he participated in a mortgage fraud scheme which defrauded lenders and generated millions of dollars in fraudulent mortgage loans.
Mesropian Information

July 27, 2011

second new jersey man admits role in $40.8 million mortgage fraud scheme
John Siuszko, a second New Jersey man today admitted to his role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud conspiracy, serving as a “straw buyer” to cause a lender to release almost $980,000 based on a fraudulent mortgage loan application.
Siuszko Information

North carolina man pleads guilty to robbing new jersey bank and fast food restaurants, admits to eight robberies
Timothy Lester Johnson, a Kingston, N.C., man admitted today to robbing a bank, six fast food restaurants, and a convenience store in New Jersey’s Monmouth and Middlesex Counties between January 29 and February 12, 2011.
Johnson Information

lindenwold, new jersey man sentenced to prison for robbery of gas station owner
Jamaine Levi, of Lindenwold, N.J., was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for his role in the robbery of a gas station owner outside a TD Bank in Deptford, N.J.

July 26, 2011

los angeles man sentenced to prison for conspiracy to sell bogus insurance policies in new jersey and elsewhere
Ronald Allen, a Los Angeles man who claimed to be the president of an insurance company was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud purchasers of liability insurance by selling them policies issued by a bogus company.

July 25, 2011

two new jersey men sentenced to prison for fraud conspiracy that generated over $3 million in unearned tax refunds
Johnson Coker and Adebowale Sheba were sentenced to federal prison today for conspiring to file thousands of false and fraudulent federal income tax returns that caused the IRS to issue over $3 million in refund checks.

July 22, 2011

bloods gang member admits murder plot in aid of racketeering
Samad McCallum, a member of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang admitted today to conspiring to murder a rival gang member in April 2009 and illegally possessing firearms.
McCallum Information

July 21, 2011

newark, new jersey tax preparer pleads guilty to defrauding the irs by assisting in the preparation of false tax returns
Carlo St. Jean, a Newark tax preparer pleaded guilty today to preparing numerous false individual income tax returns on behalf of his customers, resulting in a significant tax loss to the IRS.
St. Jean, Carlo Superseding Indictment

West virginia man arrested, charged with illegal sale of 28 guns in new jersey
Rickie Joe Rakes, Jr., a Mount Hope, W. Va., man has been arrested and charged with illegally selling 28 firearms in New Jersey.
Rakes Criminal Complaint

Former jersey city council candidate admits to defrauding campaign committees
James P. King, a former candidate for Jersey City, N.J., City Council, admitted today to defrauding his campaign committees in connection with money provided to him by government cooperating witness Solomon Dwek in exchange for his future official assistance.
King Superseding Information

July 20, 2011

jersey city bloods leader pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy
Saleen Neal, a leader in the Jersey City Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang admitted today to conspiring to murder a rival gang member and to distribute narcotics as part of a racketeering conspiracy.

July 19, 2011

new jersey man admits to $40.8 million mortgage fraud scheme
Charles Harvath, a New Jersey man admitted today to conspiring to participate in a scheme which caused lenders to release more than $40.8 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications and conspiring to launder the proceeds of the fraud.
Harvath Information

Former aT&T contractor arrested, charged with unauthorized access of servers
Lance Moore, a New Mexico man is charged for allegedly stealing confidential business information stored on AT&T’s servers and posting it on a public file sharing site.
Moore Criminal Complaint

July 18, 2011

bloods leader pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy
Altariq Gumbs, the leader of the Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang admitted today to conspiring to distribute narcotics and to bribe a member of the gang to keep her from cooperating with a law enforcement investigation as part of a racketeering conspiracy.

rapper ja rule sentenced to prison for failing to file income tax returns resulting in over $1.1 million in tax losses
Jeffrey Atkins, the rapper popularly known as “Ja Rule,” was sentenced today to 28 months in prison for failing to file tax returns with the IRS, after admitting that he did not pay his taxes for five years.

new jersey couple charged in international kidnapping and coercion plot
David Wax and Judy Wax, a husband and wife from Lakewood, N.J., have been charged for their alleged roles in the kidnapping of an Israeli citizen living in New York in order to coerce his consent to divorce a woman living in Israel.
Wax, David et. al. Criminal Complaint

July 14, 2011

Former Newark, New Jersey Police Sergeant Sentenced To Prison For Obstruction Of Justice
Former Newark police sergeant Michael J. Lalley was sentenced today to 16 months in prison for attempting to prevent a witness from truthfully giving information to FBI agents conducting a federal criminal investigation into his possible sexual contact with minors in the 1990s.

New York Partner In International Law Firm Arrested, Charged With Distributing Child Pornography
Edward M. De Sear, a partner at the New York office of an international law firm was arrested today by FBI agents and federally charged with distributing child pornography.
De Sear Criminal Complaint

Bayonne, New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt And Distribution Of Child Pornography
Richard D. Rowley, 52, of Bayonne, N.J., pleaded guilty today to an Information charging him with one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography.
Rowley Information

Former Youth Camp Leader Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Transportation Of Child Pornography
Steven T. Baryla, a Toms River, N.J., man who ran a private military academy for youths was sentenced today to 72 months in prison for transportation of child pornography over the Internet.

Manalapan, New Jersey Man Admits Tax Evasion And Making False Statements
Eric Logiudice, a Manalpan, N.J., man admitted today to evading his personal taxes and sending false documents to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to receive federal funding to which he was not entitled.
Logiudice Information

Newark Police Officer And Bank Employee Indicted For Defrauding Bank Of $1.9 Million Loan
A federal grand jury today returned an Indictment against a Newark police officer, Victor Patela, and bank loan officer, Jose Dominguez, alleging they defrauded an Elmwood Park, N.J., bank in order to secure a $1.9 million commercial real estate loan.
Patela, Victor et al. Indictment

Former U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Employees And Others Indicted In Multimillion-Dollar Bribery, Kickback Scheme Involving Iraq Construction Contracts
Three former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) employees and two foreign contractors are charged in a 54-count Indictment for their alleged roles in a bribery and kickback scheme and for defrauding the U.S. government in connection with the award of more than $50 million in USACE construction and infrastructure contracts in Iraq.
Salama Markus, John Alfy et al. Indictment

July 13, 2011

West Orange, New Jersey Man Faces Federal Charges For Armed Robbery Of Money Courier
James Sodano, allegedly responsible for the May 19, 2011, armed robbery of a courier delivering cash to a Newark business appeared in court today to face federal charges related to the daylight heist.
Sodano Criminal Complaint

New Jersey Gang Member Admits Mistaken Identity Murder
Emmanuel Jones, a set leader in the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang, admitted today to murdering an innocent teenager in a case of mistaken identity in July 2004 and conspiring to murder a rival gang member in October 2006 as part of a racketeering conspiracy.

July 12, 2011

Three Plead Guilty To Roles In Large-Scale Identity Theft Ring
Three more individuals have admitted their roles in a large-scale, sophisticated identity theft scheme that led to dozens of arrests last fall.
Joh, Sung-Rok Information
Kim, Jong-Hoon Information
Lee, In-Sook Information

Former new jersey law firm employee admits theft, embezzling more than $1.1 million from firm
Kathleen Baker, the former office manager of a law firm based in Lakewood, N.J., today admitted to defrauding her former employer by improperly diverting funds, taking more than $1.1 million from the firm.
Baker Information

New jersey-Based defense contractor pleads guilty to violating arms export control act, conspiracy with chinese company
New Jersey-based defense contracting company Swiss Technology, Inc. (“Swiss Tech”), admitted today to conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act by exporting U.S. Department of Defense drawings and specifications to the People’s Republic of China.
Swiss Technology Information

Former social security employee sentenced to two years in prison for accepting bribes for unlawful benefits
Margarita Diaz, a former employee of the U.S. Social Security Administration Office in Jersey City, N.J., was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for accepting bribes to classify people for disability payments to which they were not entitled.

Justice department and ePA officials focus on environmental justice in newark, new jersey
Senior environmental enforcement officials from the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured sites in Newark, N.J., today and met with federal partners and with environmental and community organizations to discuss mutual efforts to address environmental challenges and enforce environmental laws, and in particular efforts to achieve environmental justice.

July 11, 2011

Toms river, new jersey man admits posing as a doctor, treating elderly patients in medicare fraud scheme
Patrick Lynch, of Toms River, N.J., admitted to unlawfully treating patients, prescribing medicine, and ordering procedures while posing as a licensed physician with an Ocean County, N.J., medical practice.
Lynch Information

Roselle, new jersey man sentenced to more than three years in prison for fraud conspiracy generating over $3 million in unearned tax refunds

Taiwo Daisi, of Roselle, N.J., was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to file thousands of false and fraudulent federal income tax returns that caused the IRS to issue over $3 million in refund checks.

July 8, 2011

grand jury charges former jersey city mayoral candidate in new indictment with traveling to facilitate a bribery scheme
Former 2009 Jersey City, N.J., mayoral candidate Louis Manzo was charged today by a federal grand jury in a second superseding Indictment for allegedly traveling to establish and facilitate a bribery scheme.
Manzo, Louis Second Superseding Indictment

Trenton, new jersey man charged with robbing bank in dress disguise
Kenneth Darrian, a Trenton man who allegedly robbed a bank last month in Mercerville, N.J., appeared in federal court this afternoon to face a related charge.
Darrian Criminal Complaint

July 7, 2011

optima university owners charged with stealing test questions from medical licensing exam
A Newark grand jury returned an Indictment today charging that the owners and operators of Optima University, a Totowa, N.J., test preparation business, stole licensing examination questions from the National Board of Medical Examiners (“NBME”) and used them in their preparation courses.
Suliman, Eihab et. al. Indictment

Brothers sentenced to 30 months in prison for roles in identity theft ring
Adewale Adenuga and Fuad Adenuga, two brothers each were sentenced today to 30 months in prison for their roles in a conspiracy to steal customer account information to access victims’ home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), bank and credit card accounts in New Jersey and elsewhere.

July 6, 2011

former secaucus mayor convicted of bribery
Former Secaucus, N.J., Mayor Dennis Elwell was convicted today for accepting a $10,000 cash bribe in exchange for agreeing to provide assistance in securing town approvals for purported real estate projects in Secaucus.

Newark, new jersey man pleads guilty to carjacking and four armed pharmacy robberies
Reginald H. Ware, of Newark, admitted today to participating in four armed pharmacy robberies in Jersey City and Union City, N.J., between July and October 2010, and a Jersey City carjacking in October 2010.
Ware Indictment

Irvington, new jersey medical equipment provider indicted for fraudulent medicare billings
A federal grand jury today indicted Augustus Ejere, the owner of Pro Medical Equipment Supply, LLC (“Promed”) – an Irvington, N.J. durable medical equipment provider – for allegedly submitting false Medicare bills from 2005 through 2010.
Ejere Indictment

July 1, 2011

former shionogi employee arrested, charged with hack attack on company servers
Jason Cornish, a Georgia man who allegedly froze the operations of a New Jersey pharmaceutical company where he had worked by deleting portions of its computer network has been federally charged in connection with the alleged attack.
Cornish Criminal Complaint

June 2011

June 30, 2011

Jury convicts hoover five-Deuce crip for newark assault of FBI Special agent
Durrell Smith, a member of the Hoover-Five Deuce Crips criminal street gang was convicted today in Trenton federal court of offenses related to his involvement in a 2010 assault on an FBI special agent and task force officer.

New york accounting firm employee admits defrauding clients of payroll services company of over $3 million in tax money
Russell Speranza admitted today that while an employee of a New York accounting firm, he defrauded clients of former payroll services company Total Time Solutions, LLC, out of millions in payroll taxes that were not paid to the IRS.
Holzwanger et. al Indictment

June 29, 2011

owner of accounting firm sentenced to prison for failing to pay money withheld from employees to the iRS
Barry S. Malkin, the majority owner of an accounting firm in Montvale, N.J., was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for failing to pay the IRS taxes that the firm withheld from its employees’ wages.

Pennsylvania man admits traveling to new jersey for illicit sexual conduct with a child
Curtis Miglionico II admitted today to traveling from his home in Pennsylvania to New Jersey to engage in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old with whom he had been chatting on the Internet.
Miglionico Indictment

June 28, 2011

former new jersey payroll company employee admits theft, embezzled almost $400,000 in company funds
A former employee of a New Jersey-based payroll company today admitted to defrauding her former employer by improperly diverting funds, after taking nearly $400,000 from the company.
Meriwether Information

Kearny, new jersey woman admits defrauding dozens of immigrants by posing as a federal official
Rosa Blake, of Kearny, N.J., posed as a government official pleaded guilty today to a 23-count superseding Indictment, admitting that she orchestrated a scheme to defraud dozens of immigrants out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by pretending she could help them become United States citizens.
Blake Superseding Indictment

June 27, 2011

new jersey inmate admits preparing false tax returns for fellow prisoners
Jerry Julian pleaded guilty today in connection with his scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by obtaining false tax refunds on behalf of himself and fellow inmates of a New Jersey state prison.
Julian Information

June 23, 2011

alleged newark drug dealer and associates indicted in heroin distribution conspiracy
A Newark grand jury returned an indictment today charging an alleged Newark-based drug dealer and three of his associates in connection with their alleged roles in a heroin organization which distributed kilogram-quantities of heroin in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Pender et. al. Indictment

Fugitive indicted for selling bogus insurance policies and obstructing justice
A federal grand jury in Trenton returned an Indictment today against Thomas M. Grubb, Jr., a former Voorhees, N.J., resident for allegedly conspiring to defraud purchasers of commercial liability insurance by overcharging and issuing them bogus policies, and then obstructing the investigation of the fraud,
Grubb Indictment

Hacker pleads guilty to infiltrating aT&T servers, ipad data breach
Daniel Spitler, a computer hacker who helped write the malicious code behind a breach of AT&T’s computer servers admitted today to conspiring to hack into the servers, steal information regarding iPad subscribers, and publicize the crime.
Spitler Information

Former dow jones employee pleads guilty to stealing more than $400,000 from the company
Jacqueline Bucco, a former employee of Dow Jones & Company admitted today in Trenton federal court to stealing more than $400,000 while employed at a Dow Jones office in Monmouth Junction.
Bucco Information

June 22, 2011

Three g-Shine members or associates plead guilty to crack cocaine charges
Three members or associates of the G-Shine Bloods criminal street gang operating in Plainfield, N.J., admitted today to their involvement with crack cocaine distribution in the area.
Kelly Information
Harris Information
Williams Information

Voorhees, new jersey man sentenced to 50 months in prison for role in robbery of gas station owner
Dashawn Cheek, of Voorhees, N.J., was sentenced today to 50 months in prison for his role in the robbery of $65,440 from a gas station owner outside a TD Bank in Deptford.

June 20, 2011

Jury convicts four in multimillion-Dollar conspiracy to defraud the government through sham trusts and phony debt elimination scheme
Two principals of Mid-Atlantic Trustees and Administrators (MATA) and two of their employees were convicted today of perpetrating a conspiracy to defraud the United States through the marketing of two fraudulent products designed to conceal assets from the IRS and fraudulently discharge debt.

Two plead guilty to roles in large-Scale identity theft ring
Chul-Hoe Choi and Jong-Kwan Hong admitted their roles in a large-scale, sophisticated identity theft scheme that led to dozens of arrests last fall.
Choi Information
Hong Information

New jersey rabbi pleads guilty to illegal cash transmissions related to charity
Edmond Nahum, a rabbi of Deal Synagogue in Deal, N.J., pleaded guilty today to operating an illegal money remitting business, admitting that he illegally accepted and issued checks in connection with charities he or another co-conspiring rabbi controlled.
Nahum Information

Israeli citizen pleads guilty to international money laundering conspiracy with brooklyn rabbi
Levi Deutsch, an Israeli citizen born in Brooklyn, N.Y., admitted today to conspiring to launder approximately $200,000 in funds that he believed were the proceeds of unlawful activities.
Deutsch Information

June 15, 2011

landisville, new jersey man pleads guilty for assaulting mizpah, new jersey post office employee during robbery
Lord T. Beyah pleaded guilty today to assaulting a postal employee during the robbery of a post office in Mizpah, N.J., on July 14, 2010.
Beyah Information

Medford, new jersey man pleads guilty to knife point robbery of tabernacle, new jersey bank
David Carpenter pleaded guilty today to the knife point robbery of a Beneficial Savings Bank in Tabernacle, N.J.
Carpenter Information

ship owner and crew indicted for conspiring to sink boat for insurance payment
A Camden federal grand jury returned an Indictment, unsealed today, charging a fishing boat owner and crew with conspiring to sink the vessel off the coast of Cape May, N.J., in order to collect a $400,000 insurance payment,
Tran et. al. Indictment

Commodity pool operator arrested, charged with defrauding investors in two schemes
Victor E. Cilli, a commodity pool operator and day trader based in Hackensack, N.J., was arrested today for allegedly directing two schemes to defraud individual investors and a financial institution of approximately $2 million.
Cilli Criminal Complaint

June 14, 2011

toms river, new jersey woman pleads guilty to stealing veterans benefits Intended for her mother-In-Law
Linda Mittelsdorf, a Toms River, N.J., woman admitted today to stealing, over an eight-year period, more than $114,000 in Department of Veterans Affairs benefits checks that were intended for her mother-in-law, who was deceased.
Mittelsdorf Indictment

Six charged in new jersey with international alien smuggling conspiracy
Six alleged members of an international alien smuggling scheme face federal charges for bringing hundreds of aliens from Brazil, India, and elsewhere into the United States.
Pires et. al. Criminal Complaint

June 13, 2011

cliffside park, new jersey man sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to illegally sell more than $2 million in prescription drugs
Rudy Manuel Gonzalez, a Cliffside Park, N.J., man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to illegally sell more than $2 million worth of prescription drugs, most of which are used for the treatment of HIV.

Fifteen alleged members of the “Detroit boyz” charged in new jersey and pennsylvania drug distribution conspiracy
Federal charges were unsealed today against 15 alleged members of a drug trafficking organization that refer to themselves as the “Detroit Boyz,” a group responsible for distributing heroin, powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in the Trenton, N.J., and Morrisville, Pa., metropolitan area.
Barnett et. al. Criminal Complaint

June 10, 2011

Ocean, new jersey-Based attorney and real estate developer plead guilty to roles in investment fraud conspiracy
An attorney with a practice in Ocean, Monmouth County, N.J., and a real estate developer admitted this week to their roles in an investment fraud conspiracy which embezzled nearly $1 million raised in connection with a series of purported commercial real estate developments in New Jersey.
Mueller Information
Moulakis Information

June 9, 2011

grape street crips associate found guilty of crack cocaine conspiracy
Stevie Buckuse, a known associate of the Grape Street Crips criminal street gang involved in a 2009 crack cocaine conspiracy was convicted today for his role in the conspiracy to sell the drug.

Manalapan, new jersey restaurant owner pleads guilty, admits to false business and personal income tax returns
Michael Logan, the owner of a Manalpan, N.J., restaurant admitted today to subscribing to false corporate and personal federal tax returns.
Logan Indictment

Three sentenced for “Wiseguys” scheme to purchase 1.5 million premium tickets to events through computer hacking and fraud
Three principal operators of Wiseguy Tickets, Inc., were sentenced today in connection with their multimillion-dollar scheme to bypass the security mechanisms of online ticket distributors to buy premium tickets in bulk and resell them for a profit.

Former high-Ranking commissioner with new jersey department of corrections indicted on extortion and bribery charges
A federal grand jury has returned a 12-count Indictment charging Lydell B. Sherrer, a former high-ranking official of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (“NJDOC”) with attempted extortion and solicitation of approximately $52,500 in bribes in connection with his official duties.
Sherrer Indictment

June 8, 2011

two florida men indicted in scheme to traffic in stolen pharmaceutical drugs
A federal grand jury today returned an Indictment against two Florida men who allegedly conspired to traffic in pharmaceutical drugs from a shipment, worth $8.8 million, stolen at a Georgia truck stop and driven to New Jersey.
Parra and Fuente Indictment

June 7, 2011

cEO of capitol investments uSA, inc. sentenced to 20 years in prison for $930 million ponzi scheme based on phony grocery business
Nevin Shapiro, the former owner and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Investments USA, Inc. (“Capitol”) was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for overseeing an $930 million Ponzi scheme linked to his purported wholesale grocery distribution business.

former hudson county official admits to agreeing to pass cash bribes to former secaucus mayor
Denis Jaslow, former investigator for the Hudson County Board of Elections, admitted today to agreeing to provide a $10,000 bribe payment to a Secaucus official in order to influence that official regarding real estate development matters in Secaucus.
Jaslow Superseding Information

Truck driver pleads guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands through unauthorized use of postal service fuel charge cards
Rufus Ward, a supervisor of truck drivers formerly employed by two related trucking companies in Ocean, N.J., admitted today to stealing over $300,000 from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) through unauthorized use of fuel cards given to the companies in connection with a contract to haul U.S. mail.
Ward Information

Former supervisory transportation security officer at newark airport sentenced to 30 months in prison for taking bribes
Michael Arato, a former Supervisory Transportation Security Officer employed by the Transportation Security Administration at Newark Liberty International Airport was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for accepting bribes and kickbacks from a coworker who stole money regularly from passengers during security screenings.

Edison, new jersey man admits lying to become a united states citizen
Alaa El Saadawi, an Edison, N.J., man admitted today that he committed a crime when he lied in order to become a citizen of the United States.
El Saadawi Indictment

June 6, 2011

superseding indictment charges attorney and alleged criminal associate with additional racketeering offenses
A federal grand jury has returned a second superseding Indictment against attorney Paul W. Bergrin, 55, of Nutley, N.J., and Alejandro Barraza-Castro, 34, of Newark.
Bergrin et. al. Second Superseding Indictment

Music industry promoter sentenced to prison for defrauding new jersey investor in concert promotion scam
Antywan Ross, a purported music industry promoter was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for defrauding a New Jersey investor of approximately $330,000 by claiming to be promoting a series of Mariah Carey concerts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that never took place.

June 3, 2011

bronx man admits to conspiring to fraudulently cash tax refund checks in new jersey for more than $1.2 million
Amaury Mercedes del Orbe, a Bronx, N.Y., man admitted today to conspiring to fraudulently cash more than $1.2 million in federal and state income tax refund checks.
Mercedes del Orbe Information

June 1, 2011

queens man pleads guilty to aTM skimming scheme targeting new jersey bank customers
A Bulgarian native and Queens, N.Y., resident today admitted to a scheme to steal account information from bank customers by installing secret recording devices on ATMs in Nutley and Belleville, N.J.
Lazarov Information

Chief rabbi of brooklyn congregation sentenced for illegally moving cash related to international charity
Saul Kassin, the chief rabbi of Congregation Sharee Zion in Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced today to two years of probation for operating an illegal money remitting business, after admitting he accepted bank checks in exchange for checks in lesser amounts from a charity he operated and controlled.

May 2011

May 26, 2011

three southern new jersey men arrested, charged in drug robbery sting
Three southern New Jersey men were charged today and remain in federal custody following their arrests last night in Maple Shade, N.J., as a result of a sting operation in which they believed they were on their way to rob a drug stash house.
Thomas Criminal Complaint
Muhammad Criminal Complaint
Brown Criminal Complaint

Queens man pleads guilty to aTM skimming scheme targeting new jersey bank customers
Georgi Nikiforov, a Bulgarian native and Queens, N.Y., resident today admitted to a scheme to steal account information from bank customers by installing secret recording devices on ATMs in Nutley and Belleville, N.J.
Nikiforov Information

Camden woman fourth to plead guilty in scheme to cash government checks stolen from u.S. mail
Johanna Fraticelli admitted today to participating in a scheme to steal checks from mailboxes and mail trucks, including government checks, in connection with an identity theft scheme.
Fraticelli Information

May 25, 2011

new jersey u.S. attorney highlights his office’s commitment to combating the exploitation of children
New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman today reiterated his Office’s commitment to protect children and prosecute those who do them harm. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey is a leader in the prosecution of child exploitation cases, building cases not only against offenders within the District, but also initiating prosecutions that have nationwide and international reach.

Art teacher at cliffside park, new jersey children’s school charged with possession of child pornography
Paul Krosnick, aAn art teacher at a school for kindergarten through third-grade children in Cliffside Park, N.J., was arrested today after law enforcement officers discovered alleged child pornography on a computer at his residence.
Krosnick Criminal Complaint

Educational testing service pays $1.4 million to settle allegations of improper billing
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today that Educational Testing Service (“ETS”), a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Princeton, N.J., has paid $1.4 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed the U.S. Department of Education on government contracts.
ETS Settlement Agreement

May 24, 2011

newark, new jersey man sentenced to 562 months in prison for armed bank robbery that ended in shootout with law enforcement
Anthony Peterson, of Newark was sentenced today to 562 months in prison for robbing a Bank of America branch in Franklin Township, N.J., on March 12, 2009.

camden, new jersey man sentenced to prison for scheme to steal government checks from u.S. mail
Gilbert Mercado was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal government funds in the form of checks from mailboxes and mail trucks in connection with an identity theft scheme.

Former postal union officer sentenced to prison for role in embezzlement scheme
John McGovern, the former Secretary-Treasurer of a New Jersey Postal Workers union was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for conspiring to embezzle funds from the union’s operating account.

new jersey uBS client sentenced for failing to report over $1 million in swiss bank account
Harry Abrahamsen, of Oradell, N.J., was sentenced today to three years of probation – including 12 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring – after admitting he failed to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (“FBAR”), concealing over $1 million in Swiss bank accounts.

May 23, 2011

fairview, new jersey man sentenced to prison for conspiring to illegally sell more than $2 million in prescription drugs
Edison Rosario, of Fairview, N.J., was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to illegally sell more than $2 million worth of prescription drugs, most of which are used for the treatment of HIV.

new jersey uBS client sentenced to probation for failing to report over $750,000 in swiss bank account
Lucille Abrahamsen Jackson, of Hillsdale, N.J., was sentenced today to probation after admitting she filed a false tax return and concealed over $750,000 in a Swiss bank account.

May 20, 2011

new york man pleads guilty to conspiring to illegally sell more than $2 million in prescription drugs
Jose Batista, a New York man admitted today to his role in a conspiracy to illegally sell more than $2 million worth of prescription drugs, most of which are used for the treatment of HIV.
Batista Information

May 19, 2011

hudson county, new jersey man pleads guilty to $4.4 million vOIP fraud scheme
Vinod Tonangi, of Guttenberg, N.J., who pretended to be an Internet telephone service wholesaler today admitted his role in a scheme to steal more than $4.4 million from multiple Voice Over Internet Protocol service providers.
Tonangi Information

Insurance broker and executive director of south amboy, new jersey housing authority charged with federal election fraud
A Newark federal grand jury has indicted Francis X. Gartland, an insurance broker, and Thomas J. O’Leary, the Executive Director of the South Amboy Housing Authority, for alleged federal election fraud. Gartland and O'Leary Indictment

May 18, 2011

parlin, new jersey brothers plead guilty to conspiring to extort a hawthorne businessman
Mark Ventricelli and Peter Ventricell, two brothers pleaded guilty today to an extortion conspiracy stemming from a scheme to extort payments from a Hawthorne, N.J., businessman.

hudson county man sentenced to 43 months in prison for robbing springfield, new jersey investors savings bank
Philip A. Tatis, a West New York, Hudson County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 43 months in prison for robbing an Investors Savings Bank in Springfield, N.J., on March 2, 2009.

owner of ameripay lLC and sherbourne capital management sentenced to 30 months in prison for defrauding clients of $10.2 million
Arthur Piacentini, of Saddle Brook, N.J., was sentenced today to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $8.6 million in restitution for defrauding the clients of his payroll services company, including public entities and private companies, and using their money to satisfy the payroll and tax obligations of other entities.

May 17, 2011

veteran supervisory immigration and customs enforcement employee arrested for theft of government property
Steven Kucan, a supervisory special agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was arrested today for allegedly stealing government property and selling it on eBay.
Kucan Criminal Complaint

May 16, 2011

Owner of new jersey-Based mortgage foreclosure rescue companies pleads guilty to $10 million mortgage fraud
Ronald Harris, Jr., a West Orange, N.J., man who owned and operated multiple foreclosure rescue companies admitted today to his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded numerous mortgage lenders of over $10 million.
Harris Information

Closter, new jersey couple pleads guilty for selling counterfeit prescription drugs manufactured in india
Harsha Patel and Nita Patel, a husband and wife from Closter, N.J., admitted today to selling counterfeit prescription drugs manufactured in India to customers in the United States.
Patel, Nita Information
Patel, Harshad Information

Former city of newark employee sentenced to prison for attempted extortion
Anthony Clark, a former City of Newark, N.J., official was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for attempted extortion, after admitting that he accepted a $10,000 corrupt payment in order to assist a contractor in obtaining demolition contracts with the city.

May 13, 2011

newark, new jersey man sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for armed bank robbery that ended in shootout with law enforcement
Abdullah Muhammad, a Newark, N.J. man was sentenced today to 225 months in prison for robbing a Bank of America branch in Franklin Township, N.J., on March 12, 2009.

May 12, 2011

egg harbor township, new jersey man pleads guilty to making false mortgage loan applications
Craig Alleva, a New Jersey man admitted today to making false mortgage loan applications so he could obtain financing to purchase two properties, which later went into default and caused losses to lenders of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Alleva Information

east orange, new jersey man pleads guilty to mortgage fraud

Donald Cromwell, Jr., a New Jersey man admitted today to conspiring to participate in a mortgage fraud scheme causing lenders to release more than $1.4 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications.
Cromwell Information

Cinnaminson, new jersey man pleads guilty to mortgage fraud scheme

John Fabey, a New Jersey man admitted today to devising a mortgage fraud scheme causing lenders to release more than $1.2 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications.
Fabey Information

Bergen county resident pleads guilty to conspiring to fraudulently make identity documents
Yu-Je Jo, a Bergen County resident pleaded guilty today to conspiring to fraudulently provide a United States social security card, a California driver’s license and a counterfeit Korean passport.
Jo Information

Businessman admits to conspiring to pass $10,000 in cash to then secaucus mayor
Ronald Manzo pleaded guilty today to conspiring to provide a $10,000 cash payment to the then-Mayor of Secaucus, N.J. in exchange for that official’s agreement to assist a purported real estate developer in development matters in Secaucus.
Elwell and Manzo Indictment

May 11, 2011

former bank manager pleads guilty to making false statements related to small business loans
Nathan C. Buschman, Hopatcong, N.J., admitted today that he falsified loan documents so applicants could obtain commercial loans backed by the United States Small Business Administration (“SBA”).

new jersey and new york doctors, 20 others charged in oxycodone distribution conspiracy
Two physicians who allegedly wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone were arrested this morning, along with a number of others, on federal charges that they participated in a conspiracy to illegally distribute the medication.
Erwin et. al. Criminal Complaint

Two former executives of athletic equipment company charged with extensive fraud on new jersey schools
Mitchell Kurlander and Alan Abeshaus, the former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer of a leading supplier of athletic equipment and reconditioning services are charged for allegedly directing a long-running fraud against schools in New Jersey and elsewhere.
Kurlander and Abeshaus Indictment (Circle Systems)

May 9, 2011

rahway, new jersey man admits posing as licensed physician in medicaid & medicare fraud scheme
Hamid Bhatti, a Rahway, N.J. man admitted today to posing as a licensed physician and unlawfully treating patients, prescribing medicine, and ordering procedures at an Elizabeth, N.J. medical practice in a Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme through which more than 20,000 patient visits were conducted by unlicensed individual

Camden, new jersey man sentenced to 168 months in prison for robbing local bank branch twice
Steven Passamante, a Camden, N.J. man who used a hoax bomb and a fake gun to commit bank robberies was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for robbing a Bank of America in Camden on June 18, 2009, and again on Dec. 21, 2009.

new jersey u.S. attorney announces renewed focus on civil rights
At today’s press conference announcing the Department of Justice’s pattern or practice investigation of the Newark Police Department, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman outlined his Office’s reinvigorated focus on protecting and defending the civil rights of the people of New Jersey.

Justice department opens investigation into the newark police department
The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a civil pattern or practice investigation into the Newark Police Department involving allegations of use of excessive force, discriminatory policing, whether detainees confined to holding cells are subjected to unreasonable risk of harm, and whether officers retaliate against citizens who legally attempt to observe or record police activity, pursuant to the pattern or practice provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, the anti-discrimination provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

May 3, 2011

seventh grade teacher charged with possession of child pornography
Brian Stern, a seventh grade science teacher and swim coach at a Pre-K through 12 independent day school in New Jersey, was arrested today for allegedly possessing child pornography.
Stern Criminal Complaint

Jersey city, new jersey man pleads guilty to robbing two banks
Patrick J. O’Boyle pleaded guilty today to robbing Capital One Bank in Jersey City, N.J. on November 10, 2010, and JP Morgan Chase in Jersey City on November 23, 2010.
O'Boyle Criminal Complaint

May 2, 2011

west new york, new jersey man pleads guilty to robbing four banks
Victor Vazquez, a West New York, NJ, man admitted today to robbing four banks between September 9 and December 14, 2010.
Vazquez Information

North bergen, new jersey man charged with bank robbery
Luis Aparicio appeared in federal court today after being arrested and charged with robbing a bank on April 28, 2011
Aparicio Criminal Complaint

New jersey mortgage loan officer sentenced to 70 months in prison for role in mortgage fraud scheme
Amer Mir, a former New Jersey loan officer was sentenced today to 70 months in prison in connection with a mortgage fraud and property-flipping scheme involving rental properties in Paterson, N.J.

Leader of organization that smuggled cocaine on commercial airlines from the west indies to england via the united states pleads guilty
An extradited leader of an organization that smuggled cocaine aboard commercial airlines from the West Indies to England via the United States pleaded guilty today.

April 2011

April 29, 2011

north bergen, new jersey man charged with bank robbery
Augusto G. Perez was arrested today for allegedly robbing a bank in February 2011.
Perez Criminal Complaint

Wantage, new jersey man pleads guilty to two counts of bank robbery
William R. Carberry, Jr. pleaded guilty today to robbing TD Bank in Jersey City, N.J. on June 25, 2010, and attempting to rob Chase Bank in Franklin, N.J. on June 28, 2010.
Carberry Information

April 28, 2011

pennsylvania man sentenced to 41 months in prison for investment fraud scheme
Joseph Nedomatsky of Cresco, Pennsylvania was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for engaging in an investment fraud scheme that defrauded investors of approximately $850,000.
Nedomatsky Information

Union city man arrested, charged with using stolen credit card numbers to purchase $30,000 worth of pesticides
Luis Colon of Union City was arrested yesterday for purchasing more than $30,000 worth of pesticides and pesticide applicators from wholesale suppliers using stolen credit card numbers, which he obtained over the phone from Michigan residents by posing as a representative of a local utility company.
Colon Criminal Complaint

April 27, 2011

hawthorne, new jersey man admits posing as licensed physician in medicaid & medicare fraud scheme
Carlos Quijada of Hawthorne, N.J., admitted today to posing as a licensed physician and unlawfully treating patients, prescribing medicine, and ordering procedures at an Elizabeth, N.J., medical practice for $10 an hour.
Quijada Information

Camden man pleads guilty to robbing new jersey bank
Angel Luis Martinez of Camden pleaded guilty today to robbing the TD Bank in West Deptford, N.J., on January 25, 2011.
Martinez Information

Washington, new jersey man pleads guilty to robbing five banks
Joseph Pennello of Washington, N.J., admitted today to robbing five banks between January 29 and March 10, 2011.
Pennello Information

Brooklyn man pleads guilty to aTM skimming scheme targeting new jersey bank customers
Viktor Kafalov, a Bulgarian native and Brooklyn, N.Y., resident today admitted to a scheme to steal account information from bank customers by installing secret recording devices on ATMs in Nutley and Belleville, N.J.
Kafalov Information

April 26, 2011

newark man found guilty in conspiracy to steal money meant for hurricane katrina victims
David Kollie, a Newark man who illegally deposited Hurricane Katrina disaster relief checks issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the tax refund check of a stranger was convicted today for his role in a scheme to steal the funds.

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to $4.4 million vOIP fraud scheme
Harjeet Bhambhani, a man who pretended to be an Internet telephone service wholesaler today admitted his role in a scheme to steal more than $4.4 million from multiple Voice Over Internet Protocol service providers.
Bhambhani Information

Pastor of st. vincent de paul parish sentenced to prison for tax evasion after stealing money from parishioners for personal use
Monsignor Patrick Brown, a Roman Catholic priest and Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Stirling, N.J., was sentenced today to five months in prison and five months of home confinement with electronic monitoring for tax evasion, after admitting he used tens of thousands of dollars of Parish money for his personal benefit.

Safe streets anti-gang task force shows results in new jersey’s monmouth and ocean counties
The conviction of Dowann Andrade, a/k/a “Red West” – who pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm – is part of the continuing work of the anti-gang Safe Streets Task Force.
Andrade Et. Al Indictment

Three sentenced for stealing, laundering over $500,000 from new jersey city university
Three co-conspirators were sentenced today for their roles in a scheme to steal more than $500,000 in federally subsidized funds from the New Jersey City University Student Government Organization.

Investment adviser pleads guilty to $13.6 million fictitious investment program scam
Sandra Venetis, the owner of Branchburg, New Jersey-based investment adviser Systematic Financial Associates, Inc., admitted today to defrauding over 50 investors of more than $7 million by soliciting investments in a fictitious investment program.
Venetis Information

Belleville, New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography

Richard Olivieri, 64, of Belleville, N.J., pleaded guilty today to an Indictment charging him with four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  Olivieri entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court.
Olivieri Superseding Indictment

April 25, 2011

Former Guttenberg, New Jersey Councilman Pleads Guilty To Laundering Purported Criminal Proceeds
Former Guttenberg, N.J., councilman and police officer Vincent Tabbachino admitted today to laundering approximately $125,000 in funds that he believed were criminal proceeds.
Suarez Et. Al. Indictment

April 21, 2011

Marlboro, New jersey-Based Real Estate Developer Pleads Guilty for role in Investment Fraud Conspiracy
Allen Weiss, a Marlboro, N.J., real estate developer admitted today to his role in an investment fraud conspiracy which embezzled nearly $1 million raised in connection with purported commercial real estate developments in New Jersey.
Weiss Information

new jersey doctor and office manager wife plead guilty to medicaid & medicare fraud involving fake physicians
Yousuf Masood, a doctor with a practice in Elizabeth, N.J., and his wife, Maruk Masood, pleaded guilty today to a health care fraud scheme in which more than 20,000 patient visits were conducted by individuals posing as licensed physicians for as little as $10 an hour.
Masood, Maruk Information
Masood, Yousuf Information

April 20, 2011

new jersey tax preparer arrested, charged with filing false returns for clients
Rigot Joseph, a Bloomfield, N.J., tax return preparer was arrested today for allegedly preparing tax returns he knew were false to get his clients large returns to which they were not entitled.
Joseph Indictment

April 19, 2011

new jersey man charged with manufacturing child pornography
Brian Killion appeared in federal court today to face a criminal Complaint charging him with manufacturing child pornography.
Killion Criminal Complaint

alleged members of irvington street gang arrested, charged with drug offenses
Federal charges were unsealed this morning against 14 alleged members of a criminal street gang operating a crack distribution network in Irvington, N.J.  Ten of the defendants were arrested this morning in a coordinated law enforcement effort. 
Manasse et. al. Criminal Complaint

April 18, 2011

New jersey-based corporation and its president plead guilty to defense procurement fraud
New Jersey-based defense contracting company Staff Gasket Manufacturing Corporation, and its president, Eric Helf, admitted today to military contract procurement fraud involving the sale of replacement parts for use in military operations.  Staff Gasket also pleaded guilty to a violation of the Arms Export Control Act.  
Helf and Staff Gasket Informations

April 15, 2011

man wanted in portugal for attempted homicide apprehended in new jersey
Manuel Albert Soares, wanted in Portugal for the attempted murder of his ex-wife, appeared in Newark federal court today in connection with an extradition request by Portuguese authorities.
Soares Complaint

hacker sentenced to two years in prison for unleashing a virus and attacking media outlets
Computer programmer Bruce Raisley was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for launching a virus that infected approximately 100,000 computers around the world and directed them to attack media outlets that republished stories that mentioned him.

April 14, 2011

belleville, new jersey man indicted for extorting new york nonprofit company
A federal grand jury in Newark indicted Michael Arpaio today for allegedly extorting a New York-based nonprofit company that sold used clothing and donated the net profits to charity.
Arpaio Indictment

union city real estate investor sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to launder money for pay to play contributions
Union City, N.J., real estate investor and property manager Itzhak Friedlander was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for conspiring to launder money in order to make contributions to public officials in Union City in exchange for favors.

April 13, 2011

owner and president of allied health care services, inc. pleads guilty in $135 million medical equipment lease scheme
Charles Schwartz, the owner and president of Allied Health Care Services, Inc., an Orange, N.J., durable medical equipment corporation, admitted today to organizing and executing a $135 million phony lease scheme that caused losses of more than $80 million and victimized more than 50 financial institutions.
Schwartz Information

April 12, 2011

cEO of home start america and associated loan officer admit roles in $1.5 million fraud conspiracy
Michael Kaufman, the CEO and founder of purported real estate investment firm Home Start America, Inc. (“HSA”), and loan officer David Wynn admitted yesterday and today to directing a long-running, large scale wire fraud conspiracy through Kaufman’s company.
Kaufman et. al. Superseding Indictment

former assemblyman and perth amboy, new jersey mayor joseph vas and aide melvin ramos sentenced to prison for mail and federal election fraud

Former Assemblyman and Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas and his longtime aide Melvin Ramos were sentenced today to 78 and 37 months in prison, respectively, for corruptly misusing Vas’ position as mayor to steal affordable housing funds and for committing federal election fraud.

new jersey man pleads guilty to abusing sleeping woman on international flight
Ramesh Advani, of Berkeley Heights, N.J., admitted today that he sexually abused a woman who was sleeping while on board a flight from Hong Kong to Newark Liberty International Airport.
Advani Information

Elizabeth, new jersey man admits defrauding the iRS of more than $70,000 by preparing false tax returns
Michael D. Merritt, of Elizabeth, N.J., admitted today to preparing numerous false individual income tax returns on behalf of his clients in Jersey City, N.J., resulting in a significant tax loss to the IRS.
Merritt Information

April 11, 2011

Former city council president for Jersey City sentenced to prison for corrupt payments conspiracy
Former Jersey City, N.J., City Council President Mariano Vega was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for agreeing to accept $30,000 in cash bribes and illicit contributions in exchange for exercising his future official influence and authority.

Englewood, New Jersey man sentenced to five years in prison for tax fraud scheme using stolen
Jason Eaton of Englewood, N.J., was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for his role in a scheme to file false tax returns using the names and Social Security Numbers of, among other victims, adult and pediatric cancer patients.

Previously unnamed co-conspirator pleads guilty to role in $32 million insider trading scheme
Kenneth Robinson admitted today that he engaged in a long-term insider trading scheme with Garrett Bauer and Matthew Kluger that netted at least $32 million in illicit profits.
Robinson Information

New Jersey businessman pleads guilty to conspiring to conceal offshore bank accounts from the IRS
Somerset, N.J., businessman Vaibhav Dahake admitted today to conspiring to conceal undeclared bank accounts in India.  
Dahake Indictment

April 8, 2011

Brooklyn rabbi pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy
Mordchai Fish, the principal rabbi of Congregation Sheves Achim in Brooklyn, N.Y., admitted today to conspiring to launder approximately $900,000 he believed was criminal proceeds.
Fish Information

April 7, 2011

North Bergen, New Jersey resident pleads guilty to role in large scale identity theft ring
Chi-Won Jeon of North Bergen, N.J., admitted today that she conspired to use fraudulently obtained social security numbers and driver’s licenses to commit fraud.
Jeon Information

Former bond trader admits to $9 million manipulative trading scheme involving collateralized mortgage obligation bonds
Douglas Green, a former collateralized mortgage obligation (“CMO”) bond trader admitted today to engaging in a fraudulent trading scheme in which he manipulated the prices of CMOs by millions of dollars over a four-year period.   
Green Information

New Jersey man pleads guilty in scheme to traffic in stolen pharmaceutical drugs
Luis Andres Faife-Ruiz admitted today to trafficking in pharmaceutical drugs originating from a shipment stolen from a Georgia truck stop.  
Faife-Ruiz Indictment

Second brother in fast food restaurant and grocery store armed robbery crew sentenced to 205 months in prison
Anthony Lindsay, a member of an armed robbery crew which targeted fast food restaurants and local groceries in northern New Jersey, was sentenced today to 205 months in prison.

April 6, 2011

Chinese citizen convicted of wire fraud for stealing confidential information from New Jersey company
Yan Zhu, a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, was convicted today in Trenton federal court of seven counts of wire fraud in connection with his scheme to steal confidential and proprietary business information, relating to computer systems and software with environmental applications, from his New Jersey employer.

Attorney and trader arrested, charged with trading on inside information stolen from three preeminent law firms

Garrett Bauer, a professional stock trader, and Matthew Kluger, an attorney who formerly worked as a corporate associate at three prominent, international law firms, were arrested today on charges arising from their alleged participation in a long-term insider trading scheme that netted at least $32 million in illicit profits.
Bauer and Kluger Criminal Complaint

Owner of New Jersey-Based construction company sentenced to prison for conspiring to defraud charlie brown’s and P.C. Richard & Son
David Slabon, the president of New Jersey-based commercial construction company Designline Construction Services, was sentenced today to 25 months in prison for engaging in two different criminal conspiracies aimed at defrauding Charlie Brown’s Acquisition Corporation and P.C. Richard & Son Corporation.

April 5, 2011

Newark man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for illegally dealing in firearms, including machine gun
Cory Melvin was sentenced today to 121 months in federal prison for offenses related to his illegal possession and sale of firearms, including the sale of a machine gun in Newark.

Prominent newark attorney Clifford Minor pleads guilty to charges related to witness bribery conspiracy and coverup
Clifford Minor, 68, of Newark, admitted today to having participated in a conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with witness testimony and to committing perjury, obstructing justice, and falsifying records in furtherance of the scheme.
Williams et. al. Second Superseding Indictment

April 4, 2011

Philadelphia man sentenced to 188 months in prison for cocaine distribution conspiracy
Frederick Sellers was sentenced today to 188 months in prison following his November conviction for conspiring to distribute cocaine in Camden and elsewhere. 

Former capitol investments CFO and accountant plead guilty to roles in $880 million ponzi scheme
Roberto Torres, the former Chief Financial Officer, and Alejandro Torres, an accountant with Capitol Investments USA, Inc., admitted today to assisting Nevin Shapiro in the operation of an $880 million Ponzi scheme linked to a fictitious wholesale grocery distribution business.
Torres, Robert Information
Torres, Alejandro Information

Brooklyn rabbi and operator of charitable organization indicted for role in money laundering conspiracy
A federal grand jury indicted a Brooklyn-based rabbi Lavel Schwartz and David S. Goldhirsh, the operator of a charitable organization, or “gemach,” today for their roles in a money laundering conspiracy.
Schwartz et. al Indictment

March 2011

March 31, 2011

Owner of New Jersey-based technology company sentenced to prison for money laundering related to illegal immigration documents
Nilesh Dasondi, owner of Sterling System LLC (formerly Cygate Software & Consulting) and a former member of the Edison Township Zoning Board, was sentenced today to six months in prison for money laundering in connection with the trafficking in immigration documents used to procure H-1B Visas and Green Cards for ineligible or unqualified Indian nationals.

Founder of union city, New Jersey-based brokerage firm pleads guilty to role in $1 million kickback conspiracy
Rory Donadio, the founder and president of the Union City, New Jersey-based brokerage firm Montclair Funding Group, LLC (MFG) admitted today to his role in a wire fraud conspiracy including a secret kickback scheme which defrauded his co-conspirator’s former business partners of approximately $1 million.
Donadio Information

Union City, New Jersey-based real estate developer sentenced to 41 months in prison for money laundering and corruption
Moshe “Michael” Altman, a Union City, New Jersey-based real estate developer, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for offenses related to his arranging a $20,000 cash bribe to a Jersey City public official and laundering money he thought was criminally obtained.

Investment advisor pleads guilty to $2.4 million fraud targeting union pension fund and other investors in New Jersey and New York
Carlo Chiaese, a Westfield, New Jersey-based investment advisor admitted today to defrauding numerous investors, including a union pension fund, of more than $2.4 million by funding his lavish lifestyle with money he claimed to be investing in conservative securities.
Chiaese Information

March 30, 2011

Jersey City tax preparer sentenced to prison for making material false statements to the IRS
Jersey City tax preparer Rommel Amante was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for making false statements in tax documents he submitted to the IRS.

New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office reviewing Atlantic City hotels and casinos for disability access
New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has commenced a review of a number of hotels and casinos in Atlantic City to determine whether they are being operated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”).

March 29, 2011

Jersey City man pleads guilty to scheme to steal money from New Jersey City University
Curtis Shearer of Jersey City, N.J., admitted today to participating in a scheme to steal federally-subsidized funds from The New Jersey City University (NJCU).
Shearer Information

Newark, New Jersey man charged with carjacking and four armed pharmacy robberies
Reginald Ware of Newark, N.J., appeared in federal court this afternoon after being charged with robbing four New Jersey pharmacies at gunpoint and carjacking a vehicle.
Ware Criminal Complaint

March 28, 2011

Miami man convicted for role in conspiracy to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine in New Jersey
A federal jury convicted Barrington Delisser, 44, of Miami, today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Hudson County, N.J., and elsewhere.

Chief rabbi of Brooklyn congregation pleads guilty to illegal cash transmissions related to international charity
Saul Kassin, the chief rabbi of Congregation Sharee Zion in Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty today to operating an illegal money remitting business, admitting he accepted bank checks in exchange for checks in lesser amounts from a charity he operated and controlled.
Kassin Information

March 25, 2011

Burlington, New Jersey man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Patrick McGuigan of Burlington, N.J., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas to an Information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.

Manalapan restaurant owner indicted for filing false business and personal income tax returns
Michael Logan, 44, a Jackson, N.J. man made his initial appearance in Trenton federal court today after being indicted for making and subscribing to false corporate, partnership, and personal federal income tax returns.
Logan Indictment

March 24, 2011

New Jersey doctor, 11 others charged in oxycodone distribution conspiracy
Michael Durante, an internal medicine specialist, who allegedly wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone was arrested this morning, along with a number of other New Jersey residents, on federal charges that they participated in a conspiracy to illegally distribute the medication.
Durante et al. Criminal Complaint

March 23, 2011

Blackwood, New Jersey man convicted for role in conspiracy to cash falsely-issued income tax refund checks
Jose Adames of Blackwood, N.J., who fraudulently cashed income tax refund checks was convicted today for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the United States by filing tax returns with the IRS with false, fictitious and fraudulent claims.

Former City of Newark police officer sentenced for tax evasion

Gregory Bibb, a  former police officer with the City of Newark Police Department, was sentenced today to five years of probation – including six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring – for tax evasion.

March 22, 2011

Six charged with labor offenses including unlawful payments to union officials and embezzlement from employee benefit funds
Two New Jersey residents and four New York residents are charged in two separate Indictments with a wide range of fraud, embezzlement, and other offenses stemming from their involvement in a Jersey City, N.J., construction project between 2007 and 2008.
Genovese Indictment
Genovese et. al. Indictment

Managing director of bank’s investment company convicted of embezzling over $571,000
Brian M. Campbell, the former Managing Director of the Pamrapo Service Corporation, the investment arm of the former Pamrapo Savings Bank, was convicted today of embezzling over $571,000 in commissions and fees belonging to the Service Corporation through a mail fraud scheme.

Rapper Ja Rule admits failing to file income tax returns resulting in over $1.1 million in tax losses
Jeffrey Atkins, the rapper popularly known as “Ja Rule,” pleaded guilty today to three counts of failing to file tax returns with the IRS, admitting that he did not pay his taxes for five years.
Atkins Information

New Jersey real estate investor sentenced to 50 months in prison for role in mortgage fraud, property-flipping scheme
New Jersey real estate investor Frederick Ugwu was sentenced today to 50 months in prison in connection with a mortgage fraud and property-flipping scheme involving rental properties in Paterson, N.J.

March 21, 2011

Former president and treasurer of the New Sharon Fire Company sentenced to 52 months in prison for stealing more than $500,000 from the fire company and Deptford Fire Department
Charles Mancini, the former president and treasurer of the New Sharon Fire Company in Deptford Township, N.J., was sentenced today to 52 months in prison for stealing more than $500,000 from the New Sharon Fire Company and Deptford Fire Department.

Organizer of international securities fraud ring charged in stock manipulation conspiracy using hackers and botnet operators
Federal agents arrested Christopher Rad, the alleged organizer of an international securities fraud ring employing hackers, botnet operators and e-mail spam distributors today for conspiring to artificially inflate the value of stocks through the scheme. 
Rad Indictment

Brooklyn man charged with defrauding former business partners in $1 million kickback conspiracy
Mathew Sheldon, the former part-owner, underwriter, and legal counsel for New York-based litigation funding company Law Funder, LLP has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged secret kickback scheme which defrauded his former business partners of approximately $1 million.
Sheldon Criminal Complaint

Federal, state, and local law enforcement partners announce results of joint initiative, continued resolve to combat carjacking in Essex County
Law enforcement representatives, including investigators and prosecutors at the federal, state, and local level, united today to announce the results to date of a joint task force initiative aimed at reducing carjackings and other crime in Newark and surrounding areas.
Jackson Criminal Complaint
Thomas Criminal Complaint
Anderson Criminal Complaint
Brown Criminal Complaint
Elliot Criminal Complaint
Conover Criminal Complaint
Jones, Williams & May Criminal Complaint
Chambers Criminal Complaint
Lewis Criminal Complaint
Mainor Indictment

March 18, 2011

Bridgeton, New Jersey man sentenced to 20 years in prison for traveling for illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution of child pornography
Carl Timm, 55, of Bridgeton, N.J., was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for traveling from New Jersey to New York for sex with a child and distributing child pornography.

Co-owner of Ameripay LLC and Sherbourne Capital Management sentenced to five years in prison for $10.2 million fraud on clients
Paul Bultmeyer was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for conspiring with his co-defendant Arthur Piacentini to defraud the clients of Ameripay LLC, a payroll services company located in Rochelle Park, N.J. 

March 15, 2011

Washington, New Jersey man charged with five bank robberies
Joseph Pennello of Washington, N.J., who allegedly committed five bank robberies in different New Jersey counties appeared in federal court this afternoon to face related charges.
Pennello Superseding Criminal Complaint

Former employee of phony mortgage rescue company sentenced to prison for role in fraud scheme
Michael Martino of Bloomfield, N.J., was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme carried out by the owner and employees of Elite Financial Solutions, a company based in Scotch Plains, N.J., which claimed to be a home foreclosure rescue company.

March 14, 2011

Former Edison little league coach sentenced to more than three years in prison for possession of child pornography
Former Edison, N.J., Little League coach Everett Abney was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography.
Abney Criminal Complaint
Abney Information

March 11, 2011

New Jersey man sentenced to 77 months in prison for conspiring to distribute oxycodone illegally obtained during multiple trips to Florida
Thomas Kilcourse of Ventnor, N.J. was sentenced today to 77 months in federal prison for traveling to Florida on multiple occasions to illegally obtain oxycodone for distribution.

Truck driver pleads guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands through unauthorized use of postal service fuel charge cards
Vicenzo Bender, a truck driver formerly employed by a trucking company in Ocean, N.J., admitted today to stealing over $300,000 from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) through unauthorized use of  fuel cards given to the company in connection with a contract to haul U.S. mail.
Bender Information

March 10, 2011

Roselle, New Jersey man pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy that generated over $3 million in unearned tax refunds
Taiwo Daisi of Roselle, N.J., pleaded guilty today for his role in a conspiracy to file thousands of false and fraudulent federal income tax returns that caused the IRS to issue over $3 million in refund checks.
Daisi Information

Burlington, New Jersey man sentenced to 71 months in prison for scamming victims with phony real estate, film and television investments
Martin Gevers was sentenced today to 71 months in federal prison for a scheme in which he sought investments purportedly for real estate, film, and television ventures, then took the money for his personal use.

March 9, 2011

Randolph, New Jersey man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Peter Dafferner, 67, of Randolph, N.J., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an Indictment charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.
Dafferner Indictment

March 8, 2011

Massachusetts man pleads guilty to conspiring to distribute approximately 17 kilos of cocaine bought at Newark Airport
Enrique Nunez of Worcester, Mass., admitted today that he traveled to Newark, N.J., to obtain approximately 17 kilos of cocaine that he planned to distribute.
Nunez et. al. Indictment

Former New Jersey tech company employee arrested, charged with exporting sensitive military technology to China
Federal agents arrested Sixing Liu, a former employee of a New Jersey-based technology company, for allegedly misappropriating sensitive military technology and exporting it to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Liu Criminal Complaint

March 7, 2011

New Jersey physiatrist pays $2.25 million to resolve allegations of double-billing federal health care programs
Jersey City, N.J., physiatrist Monica Mehta, M.D., paid $2.25 million today in a civil settlement agreement with the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office to resolve allegations that she double-billed federal health care programs.
Mehta Civil Settlement Agreement

Cliffside Park, New Jersey man pleads guilty to conspiring to illegally sell more than $2 million in prescription drugs
Rudy Gonzalez of Cliffside Park, N.J., admitted today to his role in a conspiracy to illegally sell more than $2 million worth of prescription drugs, most of which are used for the treatment of HIV.
Gonzalez Information

Former employee at Picatinny Arsenal sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography while on the arsenal
Hector Morales, a former employee at the United States Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command in Picatinny Arsenal was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for possessing child pornography while on the Arsenal.

March 4, 2011

Former City of Newark police sergeant sentenced to prison for tax evasion
Marion Reynolds, a former sergeant with the City of Newark Police Department, was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for tax evasion.

Former campaign treasurer for U.S. Congressman from New Jersey pleads guilty to embezzling campaign funds
Andrew McCrosson, the former campaign treasurer for Representative Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey pleaded guilty today to embezzling more than $450,000 from the congressman’s election and re-election campaign accounts.
McCrosson Information

Paramus, New Jersey man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Justin Birdsall, 20, of Paramus, N.J., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh to an Information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.

March 3, 2011

Two New Jersey men plead guilty to conspiring to kill overseas for designated foreign terrorist organization Al Shabaab
Two New Jersey men, Mohamed Alessa and Carlos Almonte, arrested at JFK International Airport last summer pleaded guilty today to conspiring to murder individuals overseas on behalf of a foreign terrorist group operating in Somalia.
Alessa Information
Almonte Information

March 1, 2011

New Jersey consultant admits to agreeing to pass cash bribes to Jersey City official
Jersey City, N.J., consultant Joseph Cardwell admitted today to agreeing to provide a $10,000 bribe payment to a Jersey City official in order to influence that official regarding real estate development matters in Jersey City.
Cardwell Indictment

East Orange, New Jersey man sentenced to ten years in prison for trafficking minors for prostitution
Amin Sharif was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today for his involvement in an enterprise which operated in New Jersey and elsewhere and employed both women and minor girls as prostitutes.

February 2011

February 28, 2011

Bronx man sentenced to 10 years in prison for tax fraud scheme using stolen records
Steven Nelson of Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in a scheme to file false tax returns using the names and Social Security Numbers of, among other victims, adult and pediatric cancer patients.

New Jersey attorney and CPA pleads guilty to filing false income tax return
David Lewis, a lawyer and Certified Public Accountant with his own law firm in Morristown, N.J., pleaded guilty today to filing a false federal income tax return.
Lewis Indictment

February 25, 2011

Newark man arrested, brothers charged with possessing firearms in connection with Newark shootout
Davion Jackson, 27, of Irvington, N.J., appeared in federal court today following his arrest this morning on a firearms offense connected to a Newark shootout.
Jackson et. al. Criminal Complaint

Massachusetts woman pleads guilty to conspiring to distribute approximately 17 kilos of cocaine bought at Newark Airport
Rosa Nunez of Worcester, Mass., admitted today that she traveled to Newark, N.J., to buy approximately 17 kilos of cocaine that she planned to sell.
Nunez et. al. Indictment

February 24, 2011

Former U.S. Mortgage president sentenced to 14 years in prison for orchestrating $136 million fraud scheme
Michael McGrath of Montclair, N.J., was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for his role in orchestrating the $136 million fraud scheme that bankrupted Pine Brook, New Jersey-based U.S. Mortgage Corp. and its subsidiary, CU National Mortgage, LLC.

Former Monmouth County, New Jersey mortgage broker sentenced to 30 months in prison for bank fraud scheme
Former Monmouth County, N.J., mortgage broker Joseph Kohen was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for committing a $25 million bank fraud against PNC Bank.

Lead transportation security officer at Newark International Airport pleads guilty to stealing from travelers
Al Raimi, a Lead Transportation Security Officer employed by the Transportation Security Administration at Newark Liberty International Airport admitted today that he and his supervisor regularly stole from travelers during security screenings. 
Raimi Information

Newark police officer and bank employee arrested, charged with conspiring to commit bank fraud for $1.9 million loan
Victor Patela, a Newark police officer and Joseph Dominguez, a Spencer Savings Bank employee, were arrested this morning for allegedly conspiring to commit bank fraud in order to secure a $1.9 million commercial real estate loan.
Patela & Dominguez Criminal Complaint

February 23, 2011

New Jersey man pleads guilty to possessing oxycodone for sale illegally obtained on 29 trips to Florida
Joseph Baker of Rio Grande, N.J., admitted today to traveling to Florida to illegally obtain oxycodone on 29 separate occasions.
Baker Indictment

Prominent Monmouth County real estate broker sentenced for fraudulently concealing assets from bankruptcy trustee
Barry Kantrowitz, 62, of Wayside, N.J., was sentenced today to five years of probation, including a year of home confinement, for fraudulently concealing $82,100 in cash from a trustee appointed by the United States Bankruptcy Court.

February 22, 2011

Owner of Sunrise Professional Tax Service sentenced to 21 months in prison for failing to report business income
The owner of Sunrise Professional Tax Service in Maplewood, N.J., Zenobia Williams, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison after failing to report over $600,000 in gross receipts from her tax preparation business.

February 18, 2011

New Jersey man sentenced to 26 months in prison for immigration fraud
Syed Zaidi, 54, of Plainsboro, N.J., was sentenced today to 26 months in prison for his role in an immigration fraud conspiracy.

February 17, 2011

Former Jersey City police officer pleads guilty to making false statements in a mortgage application
Former Jersey City, N.J., police officer Brian Ragauckas admitted today to making false and fraudulent statements in an application to obtain a Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgage for the purchase of a Jersey City property.
Ragauckas Information

Atlantic City, New Jersey man sentenced to 42 months in prison for bank robbery
Sean Mason was sentenced today to 42 months in federal prison for robbing a PNC Bank in Atlantic City, N.J.

Toms River, New Jersey man pleads guilty to filing false tax return which intentionally underreported income
Ocean County, N.J., mortgage brokerage owner and real estate appraisal company shareholder Jeffrey Lewis pleaded guilty today to filing a false tax return which did not fully account for his income.
Lewis Information

February 16, 2011

Titusville, New Jersey man sentenced to 57 months in prison for robbing Pennington, New Jersey bank
Christopher Kerins of Titusville, N.J., was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for the robbery of a TD Bank in Pennington, N.J.

Former City of Newark communications clerk sentenced to prison for tax evasion
Leslie Wofford, a former communications officer with the Newark Police Department was sentenced today to five months in prison and five months of home confinement with electronic monitoring for tax evasion.

February 15, 2011

Former Vice President of Charlie Brown’s restaurants sentenced to home confinement and probation for fraud conspiracy and tax evasion
Former vice president of the Charlie Brown’s chain of restaurants Michael Mulligan was sentenced today to eight months of home confinement and three years of probation for conspiring to defraud the company by accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks in exchange for awarding contracts to vendors.

Fairview man pleads guilty to conspiring to illegally sell more than $2 million in prescription drugs
Edison Rosario of Fairview, N.J., admitted today to his role in a conspiracy to illegally sell more than $2 million worth of prescription drugs, most of which are used for the treatment of HIV.
Rosario Information

Former CEO of leading New Jersey cigarette distributor sentenced to 44 months in prison for bank fraud
Former company CEO of a leading New Jersey cigarette and candy distributor Jeffrey E. Michelson was sentenced today to 44 months in prison for scheming to defraud Commerce Bank, Provident Bank and other financial institutions out of more than $8 million dollars.

Lindenwold, New Jersey man admits role in robbery of gas station owner
Jamaine Levi of Lindenwold, N.J. admitted today to his role in the robbery of $65,440 from a gas station owner outside a TD Bank in Deptford, N.J.
Levi Information

Five men charged in counterfeit currency scheme
Four men were arrested yesterday and today, charged along with a fifth man for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to pass counterfeit U.S. currency at New Jersey retail establishments including Target, Pathmark and A&P.
Carrier et. al. Criminal Complaint

Grape Street Crips street gang member pleads guilty to crack cocaine conspiracy
Rasheed Smith, a member of the Grape Street Crips criminal street gang admitted today to his role in a Newark-based crack cocaine distribution conspiracy. 
Smith Superseding Information

February 14, 2011

Georgia man pleads guilty to multimillion-dollar insurance fraud perpetrated on New Jersey victims
Edward Dombrowski of Acworth, Ga. admitted today to bilking an insurance company, a premium finance company, and related companies out of more than $15 million by falsely claiming that he had bound group life insurance policies for several hundred municipal employees in Linden, N.J., as well as several New Jersey unions.
Dombrowski et. al. Indictment

Supervisory Transportation Security Officer at Newark International Airport pleads guilty to taking bribes
Michael Arato, a Supervisory Transportation Security Officer employed by the Transportation Security Administration at Newark Liberty International Airport admitted today to accepting bribes and kickbacks from a coworker who stole money regularly from passengers during security screenings. 
Arato Information

February 10, 2011

Camden man third to plead guilty in scheme to steal government checks from U.S. Mail
Nathaniel Johnson admitted today to stealing government funds in the form of checks from mailboxes and mail trucks in connection with an identity theft scheme that he ran with his wife, Lakisha Scanes.
Johnson Information
Scanes Information
Mercado Information

Former President and CEO of Charlie Brown’s restaurants sentenced to two years in prison for fraud conspiracy and tax evasion
Former president and CEO of the Charlie Brown’s chain of restaurants Russell D'Anton was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the company by accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks in exchange for awarding contracts to vendors.

February 9, 2011

Former New Jersey loan officer sentenced to 51 months in prison for role in mortgage fraud, property-flipping scheme
Former New Jersey loan officer Frank Corallo was sentenced today to 51 months in prison in connection with a mortgage fraud and property-flipping scheme involving rental properties in Paterson, N.J.

Former law enforcement officer sentenced for mail fraud
Michael Palermo, 52, of Jackson, N.J., was sentenced today to three years of probation and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution for committing mail fraud in connection with a civil lawsuit that he instituted against a contracting company, its principal, and others who constructed and sold him a house in 2006.

Voorhees, New Jersey man admits role in robbery of gas station owner
Dashawn Cheek of Voorhees, N.J. admitted today his role in the robbery of $65,440 from a gas station owner outside a TD Bank in Deptford, N.J.
Cheek Information

February 7, 2011

Former labor union business manager sentenced to prison for fraud conspiracy that stole jobs from union members
Former New Jersey labor union business manager Michael Urgola was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for conspiring with others to bypass deserving union members to provide jobs to friends and criminal associates.

Former Controller of New Jersey-based insurance brokerage firm pleads guilty to involvement in fraudulent loan scheme
Donald Bargholz, the former controller of New Jersey-based insurance brokerage firm Smith Gatta Gelok admitted today that he attempted to conceal former partner Gavin Gatta’s $20 million fraudulent loan scheme.
Bargholz Information

February 4, 2011

Former Telkite Technologies President and CEO sentenced to prison for failing to pay IRS money withheld from employees
Former owner, president, and CEO of a Bedminster, N.J., information technology company Subrat Patnaik was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for failing to pay the IRS taxes that the company withheld from its employees’ wages, instead using that money for personal and business expenses.

February 3, 2011

Former Chairman and CEO of Home Diagnostics, Inc. and cohort indicted in multi-state insider trading scheme
A federal grand jury indicted former chairman and CEO George Holley of publicly-traded Home Diagnostics, Inc. today, along with co-conspirator, Phairot Iamnaita, for allegedly participating in an insider trading scheme.
Holley et. al. Indictment

New Jersey man charged with submitting false claims to the IRS to obtain more than $200,000 in tax refunds
Stephen Pirrone of Norwood, N.J., made his first appearance in federal court today after being indicted for his involvement in a scheme to file phony federal tax returns in order to obtain more than $200,000 in unearned tax refunds.
Pirrone Indictment

Jersey City woman admits to scheme to steal money from New Jersey City University student government organization
Kimberly Jackson of Jersey City, N.J., pleaded guilty today to participating in a scheme to steal federally-subsidized funds from the New Jersey City University (“NJCU”).
Jackson Information

Four face federal charges in Wildwoods, New Jersey mortgage fraud scheme
Four members of a mortgage fraud and money laundering scheme involving condominiums in North Wildwood, N.J., appeared in court today to face federal charges.
Smith et. al. Superseding Indictment

Five men face federal charges following raid of West New York, New Jersey heroin mill
Five men arrested in a police raid last week on a heroin mill in West New York, N.J., are due in court today to face federal charges.
Valdez et. al. Criminal Complaint

February 2, 2011

Former federal immigration enforcement officer sentenced to ten years in prison for cocaine trafficking conspiracy
Former federal agent Valentino Johnson was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for conspiring to steal 50 kilograms of cocaine from a purported drug dealer, with the intent to distribute the drugs.

February 1, 2011

Member of fast food restaurant and grocery store armed robbery crew sentenced to 205 months in prison
Adonijah Lindsay, a member of an armed robbery crew which targeted fast food restaurants and local groceries in northern New Jersey, was sentenced today to 205 months in prison. 

Trenton, New Jersey man sentenced to 188 months in prison for heroin distribution conspiracy in which he held leadership role
Eric Gore, a leader of a heroin distribution organization operating in Trenton, N.J., was sentenced today to 188 months in federal prison.

Middlesex, New Jersey man pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy that generated over $3 million in unearned tax refunds
Johnson Coker of Middlesex, N.J., pleaded guilty today for his role in a conspiracy to file thousands of false and fraudulent federal income tax returns that caused the IRS to issue over $3 million in refund checks.
Coker Information

January 2011

January 31, 2011

Former New Jersey real estate agent sentenced to 40 months in prison for role in mortgage fraud, property-flipping scheme
Former New Jersey real estate agent Michael Eliasof was sentenced today to 40 months in prison in connection with a mortgage fraud and property-flipping scheme involving rental properties in Paterson, N.J.

New Jersey man pleads guilty to two bank robberies
Wilfred A. Dunn, Jr. of Red Bank, N.J., pleaded guilty today to robbing TD Banks on two consecutive Fridays in August 2010. 
Dunn Information

Union City, New Jersey man pleads guilty to selling property stolen from company providing support to U.S. Military
Former staff engineer for ITT Corporation Vincent J. Corey pleaded guilty today to stealing a frequency generator from an engineering company that provides mission critical products to the U.S. military and selling it through eBay.  
Corey Information

Canadian man sentenced to 25 years in prison for running a brothel for pedophiles in Thailand
John Wrenshall, 64, was sentenced today to 300 months in prison for inviting men to travel from around the world to his home in Thailand in order to sexually abuse young boys.

January 28, 2011

New Jersey man indicted for courtroom assault of U.S. Marshals
A federal grand jury in Newark returned an Indictment today charging Wydove Brown, 40, of East Orange, N.J., for allegedly assaulting Deputy U.S. Marshals during a June 2010 court proceeding in Newark federal court.
Brown Indictment

marlton, new jersey man sentenced to 15 years in prison for offering child pornography over the internet through file sharing software
Evan C. Corbett, 35, of Marlton, N.J., was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for offering and advertising child pornography for distribution over the Internet through peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

January 26, 2011

new jersey businessman charged with conspiring to conceal offshore bank accounts from the iRS
A federal grand jury in Newark returned an Indictment today charging Vaibhav Dahake of Somerset, N.J., with conspiring to conceal undeclared bank accounts located in the British Virgin Islands and India. 
Dahake Indictment

three arrested for roles in fraudulent commercial bank loan schemes
Three individuals were arrested this morning on charges arising from an ongoing investigation into bank fraud in northern New Jersey.
Mun Criminal Complaint
Cho Criminal Complaint
Kim Criminal Complaint

January 25, 2001

east brunswick, n.J., man sentenced to prison for defrauding federal health insurance plan with fake claims for overseas treatment
Retired federal employee Fawzi Saleh was sentenced today to 23 months in prison in connection with an eight-year scheme in which he was reimbursed for fake claims for overseas medical treatment.

new jersey man sentenced to 70 months in prison for robbing two hackensack banks
Kemmet Meeks of Hackensack, N.J., was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for robbing two Hackensack banks.

January 24, 2011

longtime political adviser to joseph vas sentenced for role in congressional campaign fundraising fraud
Raymond Geneske of Perth Amboy, N.J., was sentenced today to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for participating in a “straw-donor”scheme to funnel contributions to Joseph Vas’s 2006 primary campaign for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 13th District.

former u.s. mortgage corp. loan officer sentenced to 27 months in prison for money laundering and wire fraud in paterson-based mortgage fraud, property-flipping scheme
Gerald Carti of Bergen County, N.J.,  was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy in connection with a mortgage fraud and property-flipping scheme involving rental properties in Paterson, N.J.

sweeping racketeering indictment charges 15 members of the fruit town and brick city brims bloods set
Fifteen alleged members and associates of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims Set of the Bloods street gang are charged with racketeering conspiracy in a sweeping  Indictment unsealed today.  The second superseding Indictment outlines, among other things, murder and murder conspiracies, numerous aggravated assaults, a kidnapping, firearms offenses, and various controlled substance distribution conspiracies.
Young et. al. Second Superseding Indictment

former president of new york financial company pleads guilty in $1.6 million investment fraud
Former owner and president of New York Financial Company (“NYFC”) Robert J. Sucarato entered a guilty plea today in connection with a $1.6 million investment fraud scheme.
Sucarato Information

Former partner in new jersey-based insurance brokerage firm sentenced to four years in prison for orchestrating $20 million fraudulent loan scheme
Gavin Gatta, a former partner of the New Jersey-based insurance brokerage firm Smith Gatta Gelok was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison for his role in a $20 million fraudulent loan scheme.

January 21, 2011

former field investigator with n.J. department of labor sentenced to more than three years in prison in bribery scheme
James Peyton, a former field investigator with the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Division of Wage and Hour Compliance (LWD), was sentenced today to 42 months in prison in connection with a bribery scheme, admitting he accepted bribe payments from owners and operators of temporary labor firms in return for his official assistance benefitting the companies.

January 20, 2011

genovese organized crime family soldier and associates indicted on racketeering charges, including extortion of international longshoremen's association members
Fifteen New Jersey residents, including an alleged member and associates of the Genovese organized crime family, are charged with racketeering and related offenses in a superseding indictment unsealed this morning in conjunction with arrests in the case.
Depiro et. al. Indictment
Depiro et. Al. Detention Memorandum

January 19, 2011

Alleged members and associates of g-shine bloods gang charged with drug and gun offenses
Four members or associates of the G-Shine Bloods criminal street gang operating in Plainfield, N.J., were arrested today by a federal task force for alleged drug and gun offenses.
Kelly Criminal Complaint
McCoy Criminal Complaint
Harris Criminal Complaint
Gomez Criminal Complaint

nurse sentenced two years in prison for stealing medical equipment from passaic county hospital and selling it over the internet
Registered nurse Angela DeVarso was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for stealing over $300,000 in medical equipment and supplies from the Passaic County hospital in which she worked and selling it over the Internet.

January 18, 2011

Co-Owner of home savers consulting corp. second to plead guilty in mortgage foreclosure rescue scheme
Phil A. Simon of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty today to conspiring with his co-defendant and others to commit wire and mail fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme that falsely promised to help homeowners facing foreclosure keep their homes and repair their damaged credit.
Simon Indictment

hoboken, new jersey man sentenced to a year and a half in prison for role in former hoboken mayor’s extortion conspiracy
Michael Schaffer of Hoboken, N.J., was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for giving $25,000 in illicit cash campaign contributions to former Hoboken Mayor Peter J. Cammarano III in a scheme to obtain Cammarano’s official influence regarding real estate development projects.

Two men charged in new jersey with hacking aT&T’s servers
Two self-described Internet “trolls” Andrew Auernheimer and Daniel Spitler were arrested today for allegedly hacking AT&T’s servers and stealing e-mail addresses and other personal information belonging to approximately 120,000 Apple iPad users who accessed the Internet via AT&T’s 3G network.
Spitler & Auernheimer Criminal Complaint

January 14, 2011

former freehold, new jersey ymca employee pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Thomas Freeman, a former employee of a YMCA in Freehold, N.J., pleaded guilty today in Trenton federal court to possessing child pornography.
Freeman Indictment

staten island, new york man sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for bank robberies
Jermaine Dawkins of Staten Island, N.Y., was sentenced today to 151 months in prison for committing two bank robberies in Middlesex County, N.J.

newark, new jersey man charged in connection with two essex county carjackings
Jahlil Thomas of Essex County, N.J., appeared in Newark federal court today for allegedly carjacking two vehicles on the same day in Essex County. 
Thomas Criminal Complaint

newark, new jersey man faces federal carjacking and firearms charges
Amonra Jackson of Essex County, N.J., appeared in Newark federal court today for allegedly brandished a handgun and punching a man in the face before carjacking his vehicle.
Jackson Criminal Complaint

philadelphia man charged with atlantic city, new jersey bank robbery
Keith Ney of Philadelphia appeared in Camden federal court this morning on charges arising from his alleged robbery of the Cape Bank in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ney Criminal Complaint

January 13, 2011

Three new jersey men arrested, charged in multi-state baby formula theft ring
Three New Jersey brothers were arrested and charged today for an alleged conspiracy to sell baby formula, stolen from retail stores in several southern states, out of a grocery store in Union City, N.J.  
Siyam et. al. Criminal Complaint

Former youth camp leader pleads guilty to transportation of child pornography
Steven T. Baryla of Toms River, N.J., who ran a private military academy for youths pleaded guilty today to transportation of child pornography over the Internet.
Baryla Indictment

Former chairman and ceo of home diagnostics, inc. and cohort charged in multi-state insider trading scheme
Former chairman and CEO of publicly-traded Home Diagnostics, Inc. George Holley surrendered to federal law enforcement this morning, along with co-conspirator, Phairot Iamnaita, to face charges arising from their alleged participation in an insider trading scheme.
Holley & Iamnaita Criminal Complaint

January 11, 2011

bronx man charged in connection with conspiracy to smuggle over 125 kilos of cocaine into the united states
Bronx, N.Y., resident Felix Tineo appeared in federal court today, charged for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to smuggle cocaine from the Dominican Republic into the United States through Newark Liberty International airport.
Tineo Criminal Complaint

January 10, 2011

landisville, new jersey man charged with assaulting a mizpah, new jersey post office employee
Lord T. Beyah of Landisville, N.J., appeared in Camden federal court this morning after being charged with the alleged July 14, 2010, assault of a postal employee during the robbery of a post office in Mizpah, N.J.
Beyah Criminal Complaint

newark, new jersey police sergeant pleads guilty to obstruction of justice for attempted witness tampering
Newark, N.J., police sergeant Michael J. Lalley pleaded guilty today to obstruction of justice for attempting to prevent a witness from truthfully communicating information to FBI agents conducting a federal criminal investigation.

bayonne, new jersey man pleads guilty to conspiring to extort a local businessman
Peter Rinaldi of Bayonne, N.J., pleaded guilty today to an extortion conspiracy charge stemming from a scheme to obtain a $61,000 payment from a Bayonne businessman.
Rinaldi Information

truck driver sentenced to 37 months in prison for conspiracy to steal over $1.6 million worth of recyclable batteries
Truck driver from Delaware Derrick Fry who conspired with others to steal over $1.6 million worth of recyclable lead batteries and sell them to various scrap yards in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison.

cVS pays nearly $1 million to resolve allegations of billing federal health care programs for prescriptions filled by excluded pharmacist
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has entered into a settlement agreement with CVS pharmacies in New Jersey and New York to settle allegations that they billed federal health care programs for prescriptions filled by an excluded pharmacist.
Executed CVS Settlement Agreement

January 6, 2011

essex county man sentenced to more than five years in prison for bank fraud conspiracy and identity theft
Jean Beaujour of Essex County, N.J., was sentenced today to a total of 70 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that used legitimate Bank of America accounts to cash more than $200,000 in stolen checks.

new jersey man sentenced to five years in prison in scheme to bribe port officials
Michael Hanna, a local importer who was not authorized to sell or import luxury goods from China to New Jersey was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to bribe U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials with more than $700,000 to traffic counterfeit luxury goods through the Port of Newark and other United States ports of entry.

Mount royal, new jersey man sentenced to ten years in prison for eight bank robberies
Brian Layton of Mount Royal, N.J., was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for committing eight bank robberies between September 19, 2008, and September 25, 2009.

palmyra, new jersey man pleads guilty to robbing local bank branch twice
Kahliefa Bussie of Palmyra, N.J., who used a fake gun to commit bank robberies pleaded guilty today to robbing the same Beneficial Savings Bank in Riverton, N.J., on May 18, 2010, and again on July 10, 2010. 
Bussie Information

New york woman sentenced to federal prison for selling contraband cigarettes in new jersey
New York woman Rita Roosa was sentenced today to nine months in federal prison and nine months in a halfway house for selling untaxed cigarettes through the Internet to restaurants and individuals in New Jersey, resulting in a $3.9 million revenue loss to the state.

houston transportation company owners sentenced to prison for transporting illegal aliens into new jersey
Owners and operators of a Houston, Texas transportation company Angel Bravo and Gaspar Campos were sentenced to prison today for smuggling illegal aliens from Houston to locations on the eastern seaboard. 

east hanover man sentenced to 15 months in prison for possession of child pornography
Cristopher Chadderton of East Hanover, N.J., was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison today for possessing child pornography.

passaic, new jersey man sentenced to 33 months in prison in check theft and counterfeit check-cashing scheme
Robinson Bordamonte of Passaic, N.J., was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for his supervisory role in a conspiracy to obtain and cash stolen or counterfeit checks.

January 5, 2011

former elizabeth, new jersey equipment manager admits fraud against elizabeth schools
Former Elizabeth Public Schools Equipment Manager Robert Firestone admitted today that he conspired to defraud the school system through fraudulent business practices for his personal gain.
Firestone Information

January 4, 2011

bergen county, new jersey man sentenced to more than ten years for distributing child pornography
Eric Prawetz of Bergen County, N.J., was sentenced today to 121 months in federal prison for distribution of child pornography.

former new jersey property developer pleads guilty to $4.7 million mortgage fraud scheme
Former New Jersey property developer Taya Romano admitted today that she participated in a mortgage fraud scheme which defrauded lenders and generated $4.7 million in fraudulent mortgage loans.
Romano Information
Romano Plea Agreement

January 3, 2011

mays landing, new jersey man sentenced to twelve years in prison for possessing child pornography
Charles W. Orr, Jr., of Atlantic County, N.J., was sentenced today to144 months in prison for possessing child pornography.

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