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December 2013

December 20, 2013
new jersey woman sentenced to 51 months in prison for her role in stealing $7 million in charity hIV and cancer medication
Keisha Jackson, a New Jersey woman was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for her role in defrauding a charity program out of more than $7 million in donated HIV and cancer medication.

owner of new jersey debit card business admits filing false tax returns
Richard Jackowitz, an Orange County, N.Y., man, who owned a New Jersey company admitted today to filing false income tax returns.
Jackowitz Information

camden, n.J., man arrested, charged with making fake green cards
Domingo Luna, a Camden man, is charged in a scheme to produce and sell fake government documents after federal agents broke up his alleged fraudulent operation.

December 19, 2013
Two elizabeth, n.J., women plead guilty to operating counterfeit check scheme
Two Elizabeth, N.J., women admitted today to conspiring to commit bank fraud by depositing more than half a million dollars in counterfeit checks into different TD Bank accounts.
Bland, Synethia & White, Latishia Superseding Indictment

Englishtown, n.J., pharmacy burglar sentenced to four years in prison for conspiracy to distribute stolen oxycodone
Dzheykhun Avshalumov, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Englishtown, N.J., and distribute stolen narcotics.

Former partner in international law firm sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor, distributing images of child sexual abuse
Edward M. De Sear, a Bergen County, N.J., man admitted today to engaging in the sex trafficking of a young boy and distributing child pornography over the Internet and was sentenced during the same proceeding to 210 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to his victims.
De Sear Superseding Information

Ocean county, n.J., man sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing toddler, streaming assault live over the internet
Rodford W. Brindley, an Ocean County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a toddler and streaming footage of the assault over the Internet.

Ringleader of international rhino smuggling conspiracy pleads guilty in new jersey to wildlife trafficking crimes
Zhifei Li, the owner of an antique business in China, pleaded guilty today to being the organizer of an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which 30 rhinoceros horns and numerous objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million were smuggled from the United States to China.
Li, Zhifei Superseding Information
Li, Zhifei JFS
Li, Zhifei JFS Exhibits
Li Exhibit 1
Li Exhibit 1a
Li Exhibit 2
Li Exhibit 7
Li Exhibit 10
Li Exhibit 10a
Li Exhibit 11
Li Exhibit 12

December 18, 2013
Members of multi-State theft scheme sentenced in new jersey for conspiracy to sell stolen pharmaceuticals
Three Florida men were sentenced today in New Jersey federal court for their roles in conspiring to possess and sell prescription medication taken from stolen tractor trailers.

New jersey doctor admits taking bribes in test-Referrals scheme with new jersey clinical lab
Glenn Leslie, a New Jersey doctor, admitted today to accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, N.J., its president and numerous associates.
Leslie Information

December 17, 2013
Morris County, N.J., Doctor Admits Taking Cash Kickbacks For Patient Referrals
Mahesh Patel, a Morris County, N.J. doctor practicing internal medicine, admitted today to taking cash kickbacks for making referrals to a diagnostic testing lab in Orange, N.J., U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Patel, Mahesh Information


Trenton man admits possession of three guns, including loaded Semi-Automatic rifle
Isaiah Harris, a Trenton, N.J., man with a previous conviction for drug distribution today admitted possessing three firearms, including a loaded semi-automatic rifle and a loaded revolver.
Harris Information

Ocean county, n.J., woman sentenced to two years in prison for bankruptcy fraud
Marjorie Parise, an Ocean County, N.J., woman was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for concealing from a bankruptcy trustee profits she had made on a Ponzi scheme investment.

New jersey doctor sentenced to more than 11 years for writing illegal oxycodone prescriptions in drug distribution conspiracy
Michael Durante, an internal medicine specialist who wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone was sentenced today to 136 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that put tens of thousands of prescription pills on the streets for resale.

Resident of florida and ohio admits defrauding charter flight company and others of hundreds of thousands of dollars
Dante G. Dixon, a resident of Florida and Ohio today admitted his role in defrauding a charter flight company and other merchants of hundreds of thousands of dollars in luxury goods and services.
Dixon Information

New jersey ophthalmologist admits lying to federal agents during fraud investigation about reuse of lucentis vials
Bernard J. Fowler, an ophthalmologist with a medical practice in Englewood, N.J., admitted today to lying to federal agents during a health care fraud investigation into the reuse of single-use vials of prescription Lucentis medication for multiple patients.
Fowler Information

December 16, 2013
new jersey attorney and tax preparer admit roles in $30 million mortgage fraud scheme
Michael Rumore and Kenneth Jones, a New Jersey attorney and a tax preparer, today admitted their roles in a long-running, large-scale mortgage fraud that caused losses of more than $30 million.
Rumore Information
Jones Information

former south plainfield, n.J., police captain pleads guilty to sexually exploiting a minor
Michael Grennier, a former South Plainfield, N.J., police captain, admitted today to exploiting a minor girl by enticing her to live-stream sexually explicit acts via the Internet in exchange for payment.
Grennier Information

December 13, 2013
nine members of largest counterfeit goods conspiracy ever charged admit guilt
Nine members of a massive, international counterfeit goods conspiracy have admitted their roles in the scheme.

mercer county, n.J., man admits his role in conspiracy to extort bribes
Joseph Giorgianni, a Mercer County, N.J., man admitted today he conspired with the Mayor of Trenton and others to extort bribes and kickbacks in connection with a Trenton parking garage project.
Giorgianni, Joseph et al. Indictments

new york man admits to participating in three armed robberies of electronics stores in new jersey and new york
Terrell McQueen, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man, admitted today to participating in three armed robberies of electronics stores, including two armed robberies in Woodbridge, N.J., and Linden, N.J.
McQueen Superseding Information

monmouth county, n.J., casino owner pleads guilty to evading nearly $1.3 million in income taxes from trinidad casino
David Migliore, a Monmouth County, N.J., man admitted today to evading taxes on income from his ownership of a casino in Trinidad, resulting in an approximately $1.3 million loss to the United States.
Migliore Indictment

December 11, 2013
seafood company and owner admit false records conspiracy, overharvesting sea scallops off the atlantic coast
D.C. Air & Seafood Inc., a Maine seafood company, and one of its owners admitted in federal court today that they conspired to falsify records and obstruct justice to conceal the overfishing of Atlantic Sea Scallops, submitting documents that failed to report approximately 79,666 pounds harvested off the coast of New Jersey and Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
D.C. Air and Seafood Information
Byers Information
D.C. Air, Byers Plea Agreements

camden, n.J., man admits conspiracy to steal checks from mail
Derrick Warner, a Camden man today admitted his role in a scheme in which he and others stole business checks from the U.S. Mail in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, altered them, and cashed them at banks using a series of conspirators.
Warner Information

brooklyn man who broke into pharmacy sentenced to 65 months in prison for conspiracy to sell stolen oxycodone
David Mordukhaev, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man, was sentenced today to 65 months in prison for his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Marlboro Township, N.J., and sell the stolen narcotics for cash.

n.J. turnpike authority employee admits stealing at least $1.5 million
Gerardo Blasi, a former claims manager for the N.J. Turnpike Authority, today admitted devising a scheme which led to the theft of at least $1.5 million from the authority and various insurance companies.
Blasi Information

newark man admits role in multiple armed robberies of new jersey establishments
Antwon Yarbrough, a Newark, N.J., man, today admitted committing two armed robberies of commercial establishments in Essex County, N.J.
Yarbrough Information

December 5, 2013
Pennsylvania Woman Charged With Millions of Dollars in Fraudulent Sales Of Telecom Equipment
Juanita L. Berry, a Pennsylvania woman, was indicted by a federal grand jury today for her role in a long-running, large-scale scheme involving the fraudulent sale of telecommunications equipment belonging to a company she worked for as a consultant.
Berry, Juanita Indictment


New Jersey Gastroenterologist Admits Taking Cash Kickbacks for Patient Referrals
John Green, M.D., a physician practicing gastroenterology and internal medicine in West Orange, N.J., pleaded guilty today to receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals, becoming the 13th doctor and 14th defendant to be convicted in connection with the government’s investigation of illegal payments made by an Orange, N.J., diagnostic testing facility.
Green, John Information

December 4, 2013
Bergen county woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for murder-For-Hire plot against rival
Nicole Faccenda, a Bergen County, N.J., woman, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for trying to hire a hitman to kill a romantic rival by shooting her in the head.

November 2013

November 27, 2013
camden county, n.J., man convicted for $1.2 million phony pizza shop investment scam, other offenses
A federal jury convicted Giovanni Arena, a Camden County, N.J., man, today for allegedly defrauding an investor out of approximately $1.2 million he claimed would be invested in a pizza shop, then laundering that money, failing to report it to the IRS and threatening the victim to keep quiet about his crimes.

November 26, 2013
Former New Jersey Union Officer Convicted Of Embezzling Union Funds
Richard “Buzzy” Dressel, A former union officer from Local 164 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), was convicted today of embezzling funds by ensuring his then-girlfriend got paid by the union for unauthorized and unnecessary work

Union County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 33 Months in Prison for Impersonating a Federal Officer to Defraud Illegal Aliens
Ruben Alvarado, A Union County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for pretending to be an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer to defraud illegal aliens seeking to apply for legal status in the United States.

November 25, 2013

former new jersey man charged in $18 million ponzi scheme
Louis J. Spina, a former Monmouth County, N.J., man was arrested today on a charge that he operated an $18 million Ponzi scheme involving victims from New Jersey.
Spina Complaint

November 21, 2013
newark man pleads guilty to 17 armed robberies, an armed carjacking, and a shooting
A Newark, N.J. man today admitted committing 17 armed robberies of commercial establishments throughout Union, Essex, and Bergen counties.
Dawson Information

bergen county, n.J., couple convicted of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in connection with mortgage scheme
Linda Yarleque and Fabio Moreno, a husband and wife from Bergen County, N.J., were both convicted today of one count each of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Yarleque, Linda and Moreno, Fabio Indictment

Two Defendants Admit Roles in $65 Million Stolen Identity Income Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
Michael Senatore and David Pinski have admitted their roles in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever identified, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.
Pinski, David Information
Senatore, Michael Information


Former CFO of New York Brokerage Firm Admits Stealing $1 Million from His Former Employer
Glen W. Albanese, the former chief financial officer of the Manhattan-based brokerage firm Needham & Co., today admitted stealing $1 million from his former employer through an elaborate false invoicing scheme.
Albanese, Glen Information


Two New York Doctors Admit Taking Bribes In Test-Referrals Scheme With New Jersey Clinical Lab
Richard Goldberg and Gary Leeds, two doctors with a practice in New York, admitted today to accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, N.J., its president and numerous associates.
Goldberg, Richard Information
Leeds, Gary Information


Former NJ Transit Official Charged with Agreeing to Accept $8,000 Bribe
Donna Schiereck, a former New Jersey Transit official appeared in court today on charges she agreed to accept an $8,000 bribe in connection with a snow removal contract.

Schiereck, Donna Complaint

November 20, 2013
Prominent tri-State cardiologist sentenced to 78 months in prison for record, $19 million billing fraud scheme, exposing patients to unnecessary medical treatment
Jose Katz, a well-known cardiologist and the founder, CEO and sole owner of two large medical services companies in New Jersey and New York, was sentenced today to 78 months in prison and ordered to pay $19 million in restitution for conspiring in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme that subjected thousands of patients to unnecessary tests and potentially life-threatening, unneeded treatment, as well as treatment by unlicensed or untrained personnel.
Combatting Health Care Fraud In NJ

Essex county, n.J., contractor and three employees charged in related tax fraud schemes
Frank Chimento, Jr., the owner of three Parsippany, N.J.-based construction companies surrendered to federal agents this morning on charges that he failed to collect and turnover federal and state payroll taxes totaling more than $1 million, evaded personal income taxes on more than $1.4 million in income, and falsified reports with respect to union benefit fund contributions.
Frank Chimento, Jr. and Joseph Carsillo Complaint
Frank Chimento III Complaint
Carl Corso Complaint

former union county, n.J., vendor admits to paying bribes and defrauding county of more than $120,000
Richard Greer, the owner of a company that sold maintenance and cleaning supplies today admitted paying bribes to a Union County official and to defrauding the county of more than $120,000 in connection with the purchases.
Greer Information
Palmieri Information
Vicendes Information

November 18, 2013
stars of ‘Real housewives of new jersey’ television series indicted on additional fraud charges
Teresa Giudice and Giuseppe Giudice, two of the stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” were indicted today on additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud.
Giudice, Giuseppe and Teresa Superseding Indictment

englishtown, n.J., pharmacy burglar sentenced to 63 months in prison for conspiracy to sell stolen oxycodone
James Zarbailov, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Englishtown, N.J., and sell the stolen narcotics for cash.

November 15, 2013
middlesex county, n.J., man sentenced to four years in prison in $65 million stolen identity income tax refund fraud scheme
Manuel Rodriguez, a Middlesex County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for his role in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever identified.

November 14, 2013
essex county, n.J., woman admits mailing threatening letter
Karen Waller, an Irvington, N.J., woman, today admitted that she mailed a threatening letter to the Town of Secaucus.
Waller Information

Former Owner of Morgan, N.J., Construction Company Admits Role in Bid-Rigging Scheme
George Chrysanthopoulos, a former owner of Tarheel Enterprises Inc., a heavy construction and paving company, admitted today to participating in a bid-rigging scheme.
Chrysanthopoulos, George Indictment


November 14, 2013
Pharmacist arrested in new jersey, charged with assembling illegal drug lab
Special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and FBI arrested Jordan Gonzalez, a pharmacist early this morning in Jersey City, N.J., on federal charges alleging he assembled equipment for an illegal drug lab.
Gonzalez Complaint

November 13, 2013
two defendants admit guilt in insider trading scheme
Lawrence Grum and Michael Castelli, the two primary traders in an extensive insider trading network admitted today to repeatedly using information divulged by insiders at pharmaceutical/medical technology firms operating in New Jersey.
Grum Information
Castelli Information

November 12, 2013
New york man pleads guilty in huge stolen identity refund fraud case
Jose Torres, a New York man admitted his role as a leader of one of the nation's largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever identified.
Torres Information

November 8, 2013
Property Manager Admits Role in Multimillion-Dollar Mortgage Fraud
Steven Schlatmann, a property manager, admitted to conspiring to defraud financial institutions as part of a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scam that used phony documents and “straw buyers” to make illegal profits on over-developed condominiums in the Wildwood, N.J.
Schlatmann, Steven Information

November 7, 2013
Iraqi-Based construction company pays $2.7 million for alleged false claims in bribery scheme
Iraqi Consultants and Construction Bureau (ICCB) has paid the United States $2.7 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by bribing a government official to obtain United States government contracts in Iraq.
ICCB Settlement

New hampshire man arrested, charged in new jersey for illegal weapons sales on underground online marketplace
Federal agents arrested, Matthew Crisafi, a New Hampshire man in Hampton, N.H., on charges that he illegally trafficked firearms through New Jersey on an underground, Internet-based marketplace known as “Black Market Reloaded.”
Crisafi Complaint

November 6, 2013
newark, n.J., corrections officer faces indictment charging sexual abuse of detainee
Shawn Shaw, a corrections officer with the Essex County Correctional Facility is expected to appear in court this afternoon for allegedly sexually assaulting a pretrial detainee in the facility and then lying about it to investigators
Shaw Indictment

Queens, n.Y., men plead guilty to large-Scale aTM skimming scheme targeting new jersey bank customers
Ioan Leusca and Dezso Gyapias, two Romanian natives residing in Queens, N.Y., today admitted to a scheme to steal account information from bank customers throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by installing secret card-reading devices on ATMs.
Leusca Information
Gyapias Information

vending machine company executive admits tax fraud conspiracy, agrees to pay pepsi $1 million in restitution
Joseph Belasco, the former principal of a New Jersey vending company today admitted his role in a tax fraud scheme and agreed to pay restitution of $1 million to the Pepsi Bottling Group.
Belasco Superseding Information

November 1, 2013
Florida man admits role in stolen identity income tax refund fraud scheme
Berness Swan, a Florida man today admitted using his position in a doctor’s office to steal personal identifying information as part of his role in running a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.
Swan Information

Bergen county, n.J. man sentenced to 33 months in prison for his role in $3.5 million foreign currency investment ponzi scheme
Carmelo Provenzano, a Bergen County, N.J., man claiming to run New Jersey-based hedge funds using a secret computer program to invest in foreign currency was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for his role in defrauding victims out of more than $3.5 million.

October 2013

October 31, 2013
U.S. Attorney's office reminds new jersey voters to use election day hotline for complaints of voting irregularities or abuses
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, is New Jersey’s general election, and U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman is reminding voters to use the Election Day Hotline if they suspect voter fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will receive and respond to reports of election irregularities, voter intimidation or any other activities that would interfere with a citizen’s right to vote. The Election Day Hotline – (855) 291-6791 – will be active from Nov. 3, 2013, through Nov. 7, 2013, and staffed live on Election Day.

October 30, 2013
camden, n.J., man admits that he exchanged more than $2.5 million in snap/Food stamp benefits for cash
Alexander Vargas, a Camden man, today admitted that he stole more than $2.5 million dollars from the U.S. Government through a food stamps scheme.
Vargas Information

boonton township, n.J., man arrested, charged with distributing sexually explicit images of children
Special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) and officers of the Boonton Township Police Department arrested Lucas Reinmann, a Boonton Township, N.J., man, at his home this morning on a charge that he distributed sexually explicit images of children from his home computer.
Reinmann Complaint

October 29, 2013
Mercer county, n.J., man pleads guilty to production of child pornography
Fredy Arbito, a Mercer County, N.J., man today admitted producing images of child sexual abuse.
Arbito Information

October 28, 2013
burlington county man admits producing images of child sexual abuse
David Clark, a Burlington County, N.J., man today admitted his role in producing images of child sexual abuse.
Clark Information

Co-Owner of company that originated $30 million in fraudulent mortgages pleads guilty
Lester Soto, the co-owner of a mortgage company that was responsible for a long-running, large-scale mortgage fraud that caused losses of more than $30 million today admitted his role in the scheme.
Soto Information

defense contractor arraigned on charges she exported military blueprints to india without a license
Hannah Robert, the owner of two New Jersey defense contracting businesses was arraigned today for allegedly transmitting military blueprints to India without a license, in violation of export laws.
Robert Indictment

alleged hacker indicted in new jersey for data breach conspiracy targeting government agency networks
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Lauri Love, an alleged hacker in the United Kingdom, with breaching thousands of computer systems in the United States and elsewhere – including the computer networks of federal agencies – to steal massive quantities of confidential data.
Love Indictment

October 24, 2013
Internist sentenced to six months in prison, plus home confinement, for taking cash kickbacks for patient referrals
Padma Siripurapu, a Somerset County doctor practicing internal medicine at Newark Community Health Center, where she was formerly the clinical director, was sentenced today to six months in prison and five months of home confinement for receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals of her patients.

Retired radio personality charged in new jersey with attempted transportation of a minor for illegal sexual activity
David Herman, a retired radio personality was arrested today for attempting to transport a 7-year-old girl from Bergen County, N.J., to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, for the purpose of sexually abusing the girl.
Herman Complaint

Former hudson county, n.J., teacher pleads guilty to distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet
Guy West, a former substitute teacher at a private school in Jersey City, N.J., today admitted to distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.
West Information

Salesman of roofing company in south jersey admits filing false income tax returns
Keith Brown, a salesman for a South Jersey roofing company, pleaded guilty today to filing false income tax returns for 2007 and 2008.
Brown Information

President of new jersey-Based textile company charged with defrauding investors in the united states and people’s republic of china
Sara Rong Liu, the president of a purported textile wholesale distributor headquartered in Hackensack, N.J., was arrested at home early this morning by special agents of the FBI and the U.S. Treasury Department for allegedly defrauding investors in the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of more than $10 million in investment fraud schemes.
Liu Complaint

October 23, 2013
owners of tax preparation business arrested in delaware, charged with filing thousands of phony tax returns
Kamal James and Crystal Hawkins, the two owners of a tax preparation business that claimed millions of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds on behalf of inmates at various New Jersey prisons were arrested this morning in Laurel, Del.
James, Kamal Et Al. Complaint

ocean county, n.J., man sentenced to 13 years in prison for distributing infant child pornography
Arthur Frazer, an Ocean County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for using a computer in his home to distribute images of child pornography, including images of infants.

Former bristol-Myers squibb executive sentenced to prison for trading on inside information
Robert Ramnarine, a former executive with global pharmaceuticals giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for trading on inside information regarding a public company that BMS was in the process of acquiring.

owner of allied components LLC admits transmitting military blueprints to india without a license
Robert Luba, the owner and general manager of Allied Components LLC, a Sparta, N.J., company that supplies defense hardware items to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), today admitted that he e-mailed to India sensitive military technical data and provided faulty aircraft parts to the DoD.
Luba Information

October 22, 2013
California man admits role in distributing millions of dollars’ worth of untaxed cigarettes
Jia Yongming, a California man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to distribute untaxed contraband cigarettes from New Jersey to California.
Yongming Indictment

Passaic county man sentenced to prison for role in long-running, international counterfeit goods trafficking scheme
Aref Abuhadba, a Passaic County, N.J., man was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for participating for several years in an international conspiracy to sell counterfeit sneakers and bedding smuggled from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) into the United States.

October 21, 2013
Former part-Owner of litigation funding company sentenced to 30 months in prison for defrauding business partners in $869,492 kickback conspiracy
Mathew Sheldon, the former part-owner and underwriter for New York-based litigation funding company The Law Funder LLC was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for participating in a kickback scheme that defrauded his former business partners of $869,492.

October 18, 2013
bergen county, n.J. man sentenced to 100 months in prison for separate fraud schemes
George Sepero, a Bergen County, N.J., man who claimed to run New Jersey-based hedge funds using a secret computer program to invest in foreign currency was sentenced today to 100 months in prison for defrauding victims of millions of dollars, conning an elderly, disabled widow out of her life savings and evading his tax obligations.

October 17, 2013
genovese crime family associate admits racketeering conspiracy and tax evasion
John Breheney, an Ocean County, N.J. man who is a reputed associate of the Genovese Crime Family today admitted his role in a racketeering conspiracy and tax evasion scheme and agreed to forfeit $400,000 to the United States.
Breheney Information

Camden county man sentenced to 63 months in prison for illegal sale of 14 guns
Eric J. Reed, a Camden County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for selling guns without a license and illegally possessing firearms.

Hudson county contractor admits paying $65,000 in bribes to Bayonne official for government-Funded projects
Joseph Arrigo, a Hudson County, N.J. man today admitted his role in paying bribes to a Bayonne public official for the public official’s assistance in securing projects funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Arrigo Information

September 2013

September 30, 2013
Former nBA player and cEO of the george group convicted on all counts in $2 million ponzi scheme
C. Tate George, former NBA basketball player and the CEO of purported real estate development firm The George Group, was convicted today on all counts on which he was indicted in connection with his role in orchestrating a $2 million investment fraud scheme.

former global wealth management firm employee admits insider trading charges
Kevin Dowd, a former employee of a global wealth management firm admitted today to passing on material, nonpublic information concerning Gilead Sciences, Inc.'s (Gilead) $11 billion acquisition of New Jersey-based Pharmasset Inc. (Pharmasset).
Dowd Information

bulgarian citizen extradited to u.S. to face indictment charging sale of stolen payment card data, accounting firm hacks
Vanyo Minkov, 31, a citizen of the Republic of Bulgaria, is expected to appear in Newark federal court today following his extradition to face charges that he orchestrated two international conspiracies – to sell stolen payment card data and to file bogus tax returns using hacked information – that resulted in approximately $56 million in losses.
Minkov Indictment

mercer county, n.J., man sentenced to four years for his role in trenton, n.J., narcotics ring
Giuseppe A. Scordato, a Mercer County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone pain pills.

pennsylvania man admits conspiring with alleged members of organized crime family and others in fraud scheme
Cory Leshner, a West Reading, Pa., man admitted he conspired to defraud FirstPlus Financial Group Inc. (FPFG), a Texas-based financial services company allegedly targeted for extortionate takeover and looting by a group led by alleged Lucchese organized crime family member Nicodemo S. Scarfo.
Leshner Superseding Information

September 27, 2013
Loan officer and straw purchaser admit roles in multimillion-Dollar mortgage fraud
A loan officer and a straw purchaser today admitted they conspired to defraud financial institutions as part of a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scam to make illegal profits on over-developed condominiums in the Wildwood, N.J., area.
Martinez Information
Rummerfield Information

new jersey u.S. attorney paul j. fishman announces hiring grants for law enforcement and school safety officers
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), today announced funding awards for the District of New Jersey.

ten indicted in $200 million international credit card fraud conspiracy
Ten individuals who allegedly participated in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department now face a 25-count indictment charging additional crimes.
Qureshi, Babar Et Al. Indictment

alleged gang leader arrested in connection with camden drug trafficking operation
Special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Task Force arrested Tyrone Tyson, an alleged gang leader, in Camden this morning for his charged involvement with an illegal drug trafficking operation.
Tyson Complaint

September 26, 2013
Bergen county, n.J., man charged with distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet
Special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) arrested a Bergen County man, Joshua Babilonia, at his home this morning after discovering alleged child pornography on his computer.
Babilonia Complaint

September 25, 2013
U.S. Attorney general recognizes new jersey u.S. attorney’s office with two director’s awards
New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman J. Gross and Health Care and Government Fraud Unit Chief Jacob T. Elberg are two of 154 Department of Justice members recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director H. Marshall Jarrett with a 2013 Director’s Award.

New jersey-Based financial advisor sentenced to 27 months in prison for defrauding elderly investors
Ralph Saviano, a Somerset County, N.J.-based financial advisor was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for stealing $138,000 from two elderly investors and funding his lavish lifestyle with money he claimed to be investing in conservative securities and his business.

Newark man charged in 19-Count indictment with multiple armed robberies of new jersey stores
A federal grand jury today returned a 19-count indictment against Jamar Darby, a Newark, N.J., man this morning in connection with a series of commercial establishment robberies in Union, Essex, and Bergen Counties.
Darby Indictment

New jersey leaders and members of violent, international street gang indicted for racketeering conspiracy
Three former leaders of a New Jersey branch of the violent international street gang “La Mara Salvatrucha” — including its founding member — are charged with racketeering and murder in an indictment that also charges 11 other alleged members of the gang with related crimes.
Reyes-Villatoro, Santos et. al. Indictment

September 24, 2013
Owner of roofing company admits to filing false income tax returns
Kenneth Morton, the owner of Kenal Enterprises LLC admitted today to filing false income tax returns for several years.
Morton Information

Saddle river valley bank agrees to $8.2 million penalty for money laundering violations
Saddle River Valley Bank (SRVB) today agreed to pay an $8.2 million penalty to settle claims that it violated federal anti-money laundering laws.
SRVP Settlement
SRVP Complaint

September 23, 2013
west orange, n.J., woman admits stealing nearly $100,000 from an elderly woman living on social security
Shawn L. Craig, a West Orange, N.J., woman who defrauded an elderly victim of almost $100,000 – by taking the victim’s Social Security payments and secretly applying for a reverse mortgage on the victim’s home – admitted her crimes today in Trenton federal court.
Craig Information

two north jersey women admit roles in scheme to defraud banks and credit card companies out of millions of dollars
Rita S. Kim and Hyon-Suk Chung, two members of a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme today admitted their roles in defrauding banks and credit card companies out of millions of dollars.

attorney paul w. bergrin sentenced to life in prison for murder Conspiracy and racketeering offenses 
Paul W. Bergrin, a New Jersey lawyer who turned his law firm and related corporations into a racketeering enterprise was sentenced today in Newark federal court to life in prison.

September 19, 2013
Two union county, n.J., women indicted in phony check scheme
Two Union County, N.J., women were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a wide-ranging counterfeit check scheme.
Bland, Synethia & White, Latisha Indictment

September 18, 2013
Trenton, n.J., man convicted at trial on federal weapons charge
A federal jury in Trenton, N.J., today convicted, Tyreek Harrington, a Trenton man for illegally carrying a loaded shotgun as a convicted felon.

Atlantic city man admits conspiring with alleged members of organized crime family and others in fraud scheme
John Parisi, an Atlantic City, N.J., man admitted he conspired to defraud FirstPlus Financial Group Inc. (FPFG), a Texas-based financial services company allegedly targeted for extortionate takeover and looting by a group led by alleged Lucchese organized crime family member Nicodemo S. Scarfo.
Parisi Superseding Information

former department of veterans affairs official admits fraud taking $1.2 million in kickbacks
Jarod Machinga, a former Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee who worked as a supervisory engineer at the VA’s campus in East Orange, N.J., today admitted accepting more than $1.2 million in kickback payments in connection with VA contracts awarded to companies with which he had relationships, and to engaging in a scheme to defraud the VA by claiming one of those companies was owned by a service-disabled veteran when it was not.
Machinga Information

contractor admits paying bribe to get federal contracts
Alex Rabinovich, a principal of a Pennsylvania construction company pleaded guilty today to paying bribes to the representative of a general contractor to secure contracts for federally subsidized construction projects in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Rabinovich Indictment

essex county, n.J., man sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegal weapons dealing
Randy Andrew, an Essex County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for weapons charges in connection with 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.

four men charged in counterfeit sports jersey scheme on wildwood boardwalk
Two Atlantic County men were arrested today on charges that they participated in a multi-year conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit merchandise, including professional sports teams’ jerseys.
Strothers, Brett Et. Al. Complaint
Exhibit 1 Photo

September 17, 2013
appeals court upholds constitutionality of new jersey sports betting ban
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a precedential opinion today upholding a federal statute that prevents the state of New Jersey from legalizing sports betting in its casinos and racetracks.

Two men sentenced to prison for roles in large-Scale identity theft ring and tax evasion
Sang-Kyu Seo and Young-Woo Ji were sentenced to prison terms today for their respective roles in a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme.

wife of nicodemo s. scarfo admits conspiring with him and others to defraud a mortgage lender to buy their house
Lisa Marie Scarfo, the wife of a reputed mob figure today admitted she conspired to defraud a mortgage lender in order to buy a $715,000 house in Egg Harbor Township.
Scarfo Superseding Information

Two plead guilty in international $200 million credit card fraud conspiracy
Qaiser Khan, a New York man today admitted his role in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department following the guilty plea of another conspirator last week.
Khan Information
Ahmed Information

Registered sex offender charged with traveling to and from new jersey to assault a minor
Joseph Anthony Caracciolo, a registered sex offender who allegedly traveled between New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to sexually assault a girl younger than 13 on more than one occasion is expected to appear this afternoon to face a federal charge in Camden federal court.
Caracciolo Complaint

September 16, 2013
georgia man charged with traveling from new york to new jersey to have sexual contact with a minor, distributing child pornography
Richard J. Simone, Jr., a Georgia man living in Long Island, N.Y., was charged today with traveling from New York to New Jersey for the purpose of having sexual contact with a minor and with distributing child pornography.
Simone Complaint

September 13, 2013
atlantic city, n.J., tax preparer sentenced to three years in prison for filing phony income tax returns and becoming a u.S. citizen by fraud
Nicolas Gomez-Rua, a tax preparer was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his role in helping to prepare false income tax returns, illegal use of Social Security numbers and unlawfully obtaining United States’ citizenship.

September 12, 2013
Essex county, n.J., man charged with eight bank robberies; girlfriend charged with conspiracy to commit two bank robberies
Andrew Thomas, an Essex County, N.J., man made his initial court appearance today in connection with his alleged role in eight bank robberies that took place between Nov. 20, 2012, and Sept. 11, 2013.
Thomas Et. al. Complaint

Property manager and straw purchaser admit roles in Multimillion-Dollar mortgage fraud
A property manager and a straw purchaser have admitted their roles in a scheme to defraud financial institutions as part of a multi-million mortgage fraud that used phony documents and “straw buyers” to make illegal profits on over-developed condominiums in the Wildwood, N.J., area.
Watterson Information
Bingaman Information

Newark man charged in armed robberies of new jersey stores
FBI special agents arrested a Newark, N.J., man, Antwon Yarbrough, in Newark this morning for alleged offenses in connection with armed robberies of a Krauszers Food Store in West Orange, N.J., and a Subway restaurant in Verona, N.J.
Yarbrough Complaint

Third englishtown, n.J., pharmacy burgular admits conspiracy to distribute stolen oxycodone
Dzheykhun Avshalumov, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man today admitted his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Englishtown, N.J., and distribute stolen narcotics.
Avshalumov Information

Bergen county resident pleads guilty to his role in in a large-scale identity theft ring and tax evasion
Matthew J. Kang, a Bergen County, N.J., man today admitted his role in a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme.

Illegal firearms and drug dealer admits selling at least 100 guns to criminals in the camden, n.J., area
Terrance Laboo, a Woodlynne, N.J., man today admitted – as part of his guilty plea to federal firearms and drug distribution charges – to selling illegally to drug dealers and other criminals in the Camden area at least 100 guns he purchased with cash from other illicit firearms dealers.
Laboo Information

September 11, 2013
former bergen county, n.J., democratic chairman indicted on racketeering charges
A federal grand jury indicted Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO), today, charging him with a racketeering scheme involving kickbacks paid to a public official, soliciting and accepting bribes as a party official and extortion.
Ferriero Indictment

new york man admits to participating in seven armed Robberies of electronics stores in new jersey and new york
Leonard Arrington, a Long Island, N.Y., man admitted today to participating in seven armed robberies of electronics stores in New Jersey and New York.
Arrington Superseding Information

Two doctors and a salesman admit roles in bribes-For-Test referrals scheme involving new jersey clinical laboratory
Two New Jersey doctors and a company salesman pleaded guilty today to their roles in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, N.J., its president, and numerous associates.
Calabrese Information
Ostergaard Information
McCann Information

September 9, 2013
new york man pleads guilty to $1 million aTM skimming scheme Targeting tri-State bank customers
Constantin Ginga, a Romanian national and Queens, N.Y., resident today admitted to a scheme to steal account information from bank customers throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut by installing secret card-reading devices on ATMs.
Ginga Information

September 6, 2013
bergen county, n.J., loan officer pleads guilty to role in $2 million mortgage fraud
Raffi Oghlian, a loan officer admitted today to conspiring to defraud financial institutions as part of an approximately $2 million mortgage fraud scam that used phony documents and “straw buyers” to make illegal profits on town homes and other real estate in three states.
Oghlian Information

Former pennsville, n.J., police officer sentenced to prison for obstructing child pornography investigation
Robert Waterman, a former Pennsville, N.J., police officer was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for obstructing the FBI’s investigation of his alleged possession of child pornography.

Father and son plead guilty to million-Dollar bulk mail fraud Through new Jersey-Based international mailing company
The father and son operators of Clevett Worldwide Mailers LLC, a Succasunna, N.J., bulk mailing house, today admitted to defrauding clients of more than $1 million through a fraudulent bulk-mailing scheme in which they shredded millions of pieces of mail rather than delivering them.
Clevett, et. al. Indictment

September 5, 2013
Husband and wife, two others convicted at trial for $3 million south jersey time share mortgage fraud scheme
A federal jury convicted a husband and wife and two others today for conspiring in a $3 million conspiracy to scam customers by offering phony consulting services to owners of timeshares through the New Jersey-based Vacation Ownership Group LLC.
South Jersey Mortgage Fraud Fact Sheet

Newark man federally charged with convenience store robbery spree
Larry McRae, a man who allegedly committed six armed robberies of Newark convenience stores – including the same grocery twice within a week – has been federally charged in connection with the spree.
McRae Complaint

Neptune township, n.J., man indicted for shooting of cab driver and several armed robberies in monmouth county
A federal grand jury in Trenton, N.J., returned an indictment today charging a Neptune Township, N.J., man, Quam Wilson, with shooting a cab driver during a 24-hour run of armed robberies in New Jersey shore-area towns.
Wilson Indictment

September 4, 2013
New jersey u.S. attorney’s office seeks to forfeit assets of unlicensed money transmitter trustcash
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office today filed a civil asset forfeiture complaint seeking the forfeiture of hundreds of thousands of dollars held in bank accounts previously seized by special agents of the U.S. Secret Service from an Atlanta-based unlicensed money transmitting business.
TCash Complaint

Edison, n.J., man pleads guilty to production, distribution of child sex abuse images
Kenneth Christensen, an Edison, N.J., man who once worked as a school crossing guard admitted today to taking compromising photographs of a naked child and distributing them and hundreds of other photographs of child sexual abuse over the Internet.
Christensen Information

Former traffic safety service lLC vice president pleads guilty to tax evasion
Anthony Pecoraro, a former vice president at a South Plainfield, N.J., traffic safety equipment business admitted today to evading income taxes on more than $2 million in withdrawals he made from the business for his own use.
Pecoraro Information

August 2013

August 28, 2013
new york man admits role in foreign student visa fraud scheme
Manamadurai Somalingam, a New York man today admitted his role in a widespread foreign student visa fraud that took place in Iselin and Jersey City.
Somalingam Information

four men charged with conspiring to engage in sex trafficking of a minor
Four men from Haverstraw, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Pa., have been charged in federal court with conspiring to engage in the sex trafficking of a minor.
Charles Indictment
Venord, Karl Et Al. Complaint

August 27, 2013
union county, n.J., woman convicted of fraud leading to theft of $7 million in charity hIV and cancer medication
Lateefah McKenzie Body, a Union County, N.J., woman was convicted today for her role in defrauding a charity program out of more than $7 million in donated HIV and cancer medication by using her access to a company hired to administer the program.

bergen county, n.J., man arrested for making false report of kidnapping of online “Teenage girl” to u.S. embassy
Andriy Mykhaylivskyy, a Bergen County, N.J., man who allegedly used the internet and social media to create a fictitious high school girl, used that fake identity to establish an online relationship with another person and then falsely reported the girl’s kidnapping to a U.S. Embassy was arrested today by federal officials.
Mykhaylivskyy Complaint

newark man charged with producing child pornography for recording his sexual abuse of girl
Pedro Rios, a Newark man is expected to make his initial court appearance today on charges of sexual exploitation of a prepubescent girl after allegedly abusing her repeatedly and filming the abuse.
Rios Complaint

August 23, 2013
atlantic county, n.J., man charged with shooting
Robert Losasso, an Atlantic County, N.J., man was arrested today for allegedly shooting four species of hawks in the residential neighborhood where he lived.
Losasso Complaint

August 22, 2013
Second englishtown, n.J., pharmacy burglar admits conspiracy to sell stolen oxycodone
David Mordukhaev, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man today admitted his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Englishtown, N.J., and sell stolen narcotics for cash.
Mordukhaev Information

August 19, 2013
U.S. attorney paul j. fishman joins in announcing New anti-Carjacking public awareness campaign
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman joined Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio today to announce the launch of a joint anti-carjacking public awareness campaign.
Carjacking Billboard - Green Cell
Carjacking Billboard - Parking Spot - Hallway
Carjacking Billboard - Seconds Years

August 16, 2013
elizabeth, n.J. man indicted for string of gunpoint robberies of new jersey banks
Claude Williams, a federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging an Elizabeth, N.J., man with a series of gunpoint bank robberies throughout New Jersey.
Williams Indictment

five members of massive counterfeit goods conspiracy plead guilty
Five members of a massive, international counterfeit goods conspiracy have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme.
Guo Information
Chen Information
Huang Information
Mo Information
Lai Information

August 15, 2013
former carteret high school vice principal sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession of child pornography
Nicholas Sysock, a Rahway, N.J., man who was the vice principal at Carteret High School was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for possessing child pornography.

August 14, 2013
pennsylvania couple admits using stolen identities to scam student loan money from online universities
Stephanie Mitchell and Ronzell Mitchell, an East Stroudsburg, Pa., couple admitted today to fraudulently obtaining at least $272,247 in student loan proceeds from Liberty University and American Public University by using stolen identities to have the money directed to addresses where they could intercept it.
Mitchell, Ronzell Information
Mitchell, Stephanie Information

newark, n.J., man pleads guilty to carjacking
Hanzah Darby, a Newark man today admitted his role in a shotgun carjacking in Little Falls, N.J., on Oct. 30, 2011.
Darby, Hanzah Et Al. Indictment

sussex county, n.J., man admits luring teen to pennsylvania for criminal sexual activity, downloading child pornography
Robert Mucha, a Sussex County, N.J., man today admitted luring a teenage boy to Pennsylvania for sex, as well as downloading and receiving child pornography on his home computer.
Mucha Information

August 12, 2013
former newark police officer sentenced to three months in prison for conspiracy to commit public housing fraud
Suliaman Kamara, a former Newark police officer was sentenced today to three months in prison for conspiring with another person to fraudulently obtain payments under the federal public housing assistance program known as “Section 8.”

Salesman admits role in bribes-For-Test-Referrals scheme involving new jersey clinical laboratory
Len Rubinstein, a Monmouth County, N.J. man pleaded guilty today to his role in a long-running bribes-for-test-referrals scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, N.J., its president, and numerous associates.
Rubinstein Information

monmouth county, n.J., man who owned trinidad casino charged with evading payment of more than $1 million in taxes
David Migliore, a Monmouth County, N.J., man is expected to appear in federal court today on charges of tax evasion and failing to file federal personal tax returns on income derived from his ownership of a casino in Trinidad, resulting in a $1 million loss to the United States.
Migliore Indictment

August 9, 2013
sussex county, n.J., man admits distributing images of child sexual abuse
Albert Rose, a Sussex County, N.J., man today admitted using a computer in his home to distribute images of child sexual abuse.
Rose Information

owner of ocean city, n.J., car dealership admits targeting sellers, buyers and lenders in fraud scheme
Harry Klause, the president, operator and manager of Harry Klause Cars and Trucks Inc., in Ocean City, N.J., admitted today to perpetrating a scheme to defraud automotive loan lenders and customers who traded in and bought vehicles at his dealership.
Klause Information

August 8, 2013
Closing agent admits participating in large-Scale mortgage fraud scheme
Linda Cohen, a paralegal today admitted participating in a long-running, large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded financial institutions of at least $2 million.
Cohen Information

Ocean county, n.J., man sentenced to 37 months in prison for possessing child pornography
Christopher Seufert, an Ocean County, N.J. man, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for possessing more than 600 images of child sexual abuse and using his computer to send and store them.

August 7, 2013
contractor admits colluding on bids for grant funds from city of bayonne
Leo Viguie, a Hudson County, N.J., man today admitted his role in bid-rigging in order to fraudulently obtain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funds from the City of Bayonne, N.J.
Viguie Information

gloucester county, n.J., man indicted on exploitation, child pornography charges
Gerrett Conover, a Gloucester County, N.J., man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Camden for allegedly exploiting two minor boys and for possessing, receiving and distributing images of child sex abuse.
Conover Indictment

four plead guilty in international, $200 million credit card fraud conspiracy
A New York man who participated in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department today admitted his role in the scheme, the fourth conspirator to do so in a two-week period.
Shafiq Information
Adams Information
Singh Information
Khan Information

two north jersey men plead guilty in stolen identity/Tax fraud scheme
Alidu Dramani and Evans Boamah admitted today they used stolen identities to file tax returns and claim refunds to which they were not entitled.
Dramani Information
Boamah Information

five charged with conspiring to sell heroin, prescription drugs out of newark, n.J., retail store
Five Newark residents are charged as players in a conspiracy to sell heroin and prescription pills out of a retail store in the city.
Vaughn, Lamont Et Al. Complaint
Holt Complaint

members of white supremacist group sentenced to prison for hate crime assault
Michal Gunar and Kyle Powell, two members of the “Aryan Terror Brigade” white supremacist group were sentenced to prison today for their roles in the New Year’s Eve 2011 hate crime assault of two Middle Eastern men in Sayreville, N.J.

August 6, 2013
Plainfield, n.J., woman admits she was lookout, getaway driver for armed bank robberies
Andrea Dorsey, a Plainfield, N.J., woman admitted today to playing a role in three armed robberies of banks in Somerset and Middlesex, N.J.
Dorsey Information

Twin brother pharmacists admit to defrauding patients and insurance companies of $1.5 million
Two pharmacists – twin brothers who previously owned the West Orange Pharmacy – today admitted reaping at least $1.5 million in illicit gains by defrauding patients, Medicaid and insurance companies over the past 15 years.
Carlucci, Robert Information
Carlucci, William Information

August 5, 2013
jersey city police officer charged with cigarette cargo theft and scheme to rob drug courier
Mario Rodriguez, a Jersey City, N.J., police officer appeared in Newark federal court this afternoon to face charges that he stole more than 600,000 cigarettes from a trailer and conspired to rob $20,000 from a drug courier.
Rodriguez, Mario Et al. Complaint

Two men charged with defrauding charter flight company, other luxury brands, of hundreds of thousands of dollars
Dante Dixon and Christopher Henderson were arrested by federal agents early this morning in Akron, Ohio, for conspiracy to defraud an aviation company out of charter flights and other businesses out of services and luxury goods.
Dixon-Henderson Complaint

July 2013

July 31, 2013
two essex county, n.J., men sentenced to long prison terms for armed robbery of jewelry store
Antonio Moore and Charles Madison, two Essex County, N.J., men were sentenced to prison today for the armed robbery of the Golden Palace jewelry store in Orange, N.J.

July 30, 2013
south jersey man sentenced to one year in prison for stealing father’s benefit checks for 22 years after his death
Michael Shelton, a South Jersey man who hid his father’s death from authorities to continue getting his Social Security payments was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for stealing more than $200,000 in retirement savings benefits paid out to the deceased.

former mortgage broker and bank officer sentenced to one year in prison for conspiring to defraud bank in connection with $1.48 million loan
James Cockinos, a former mortgage broker and bank officer was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for his role in conspiring to commit bank fraud in order to secure a $1.48 million residential real estate loan.

former citibank employee who bilked former salomon brothers former partner out of $1.3 million gets 54 months in prison
Karen Febles, a former Citibank employee was sentenced today to 54 months in prison for stealing more than $1.3 million from William Salomon, a 98-year-old former managing partner of Salomon Brothers, which was later acquired by Citibank.

July 29, 2013
doctor sentenced to 57 months in prison for oxycodone distribution conspiracy
Jacqueline Lopresti, a doctor who admitted writing illegal prescriptions for oxycodone was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute the medication illegally.

stars of ‘Real housewives of new jersey’ television series indicted on fraud and tax charges
Teresa Giudice and Giuseppe Giudice, two of the stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” were charged today in a conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtain mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case.
Giudice, Giuseppe and Teresa Indictment

July 25, 2013
russian national pleads guilty in $1 million trading account hack, securities fraud scheme
Petr Murmylyuk, a Russian national living in New York admitted today that he conspired with others to hack into retail brokerage accounts and execute sham trades.
Murmylyuk Information

man who entered u.S. illegally charged with sex trafficking and stalking
Hermen Zuniga Castro, a man who entered the United States from Honduras illegally appeared today in federal court on charges of sex trafficking and stalking.
Zuniga Complaint

three new jersey men sentenced to prison or probation for stealing $1.4 million from new york-Based defense contractor
A former insurance agent for a New York-based defense contractor and his two friends were sentenced today to prison terms or probation for stealing $1.4 million from the company.

Five indicted in new jersey for largest known data breach conspiracy
A federal indictment made public today in New Jersey charges five men with conspiring in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, stole more than 160 million credit card numbers, resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses and is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.
Drinkman, Vladimir et. al. Indictment

July 24, 2013
new jersey doctor faces new charges he took kickbacks, failed to file taxes
A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Yash Khanna, a Livingston, N.J., physician with medical practices in Verona and East Orange, N.J., for allegedly conspiring to receive thousands of dollars in cash kickbacks in exchange for referrals and for failing to file tax returns on nearly $1 million in income.
Khanna Superseding Indictment

doctor admits accepting $1.8 million in bribes for test referrals to new jersey clinical laboratory
Frank Santangelo, a Morris County, N.J., doctor today admitted accepting $1.8 million in bribes to refer millions of dollars in business to Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, N.J., as part of a long-running scheme operated by the lab, its president, and numerous associates.
Santangelo Information

Two more arrested in ongoing probe of armed phone store robberies in paramus and woodbridge, n.J.
FBI special agents arrested two men in Brooklyn, N.Y., this morning in connection with armed robberies of T-Mobile stores in Paramus and Woodbridge, N.J.
Graham Complaint
Randolph Complaint

July 23, 2013
Staten island, n.Y., man sentenced to 114 Months In Prison for jewelry store robbery
Robert A. Fiolka, a Staten Island, N.Y., man was sentenced today to 114 months for his role in the robbery of Blue Stove Antiques in Fair Haven, N.J., on June 2, 2012.

Shipping corporations sentenced to $10.4 million monetary penalty for environmental crimes on four ships
Two shipping firms based in Germany and Cyprus were sentenced today to a $10.4 million monetary penalty for felony obstruction of justice charges and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships related to the deliberate concealment of vessel pollution from four ships that visited ports in New Jersey, Delaware and Northern California.

Leader of irvington, n.J., gang sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for crack cocaine distribution conspiracy
Mark Manasse, the leader of the Irvington, N.J., Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang was sentenced to 325 months in prison today for his involvement in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.

Six people charged in connection with large-Scale stolen identity refund fraud scheme
Six people allegedly involved in an extensive scheme to obtain millions of dollars through fraudulently obtained refund checks issued by the U.S. Treasury were charged today for their involvement in the scam.
Conception, Julio Cesar et. al. Complaint
Flores-Perez, Reyes Complaint
Quezada, Romy Complaint

Albanian national sentenced to nine years in prison for robbing two tD banks in passaic and bergen counties
Arlind Hyseni, an Albanian national who was living in Clifton, N.J., was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for robbing two TD Bank branches while armed with a gun in late 2011.

Director of operations of north bergen, n.J., housing authority sentenced to 46 months in prison for extortion
John T. Kennell, the director of operations for the Housing Authority of the Township of North Bergen, N.J., was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for extorting employees of a maintenance company contracted by the authority.

July 22, 2013
new york doctor sentenced to nine years in prison for oxycodone distribution and conspiracy
Dr. Hassan Lahham, a physician who wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to illegally distribute the medication.

July 19, 2013
hudson county, n.J., man convicted of sexually abusing sleeping woman on domestic flight
Bawer Aksal, a Hudson County, N.J., man was convicted by a federal jury today of sexually abusing a sleeping woman aboard a flight from Phoenix to Newark Liberty International Airport last summer.

July 18, 2013
affordable housing developer indicted for alleged fraud, diverting public funds from trenton, n.J. projects
A federal grand jury in New Jersey has indicted Robert Kahan, the developer of three Trenton affordable housing projects, for allegedly diverting money intended for the developments.
Kahan Indictment

New jersey pharmacist pleads guilty in scheme to illegally distribute pharmaceutical drugs
Randy Binder, a pharmacist and the former proprietor of Texas Road Pharmacy in Manalapan, N.J., admitted today that he conspired to illegally distribute oxycodone to people without a legitimate need for the drug.
Binder Information

Bergen county, n.J., man sentenced to five years in prison for downloading images and videos of child sexual abuse
Joseph Anthony Amari, a Bergen County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for knowingly receiving over the Internet images and videos of child sexual abuse.

Three involved in the kidnapping and murder of atlantic city woman plead guilty
Three Atlantic City, N.J., residents today admitted their roles in the kidnapping and death of a 20-year-old Atlantic City woman.
Smith Information
Sanders Information
Hicks Information

South jersey doctor sentenced to two years in prison for fraud scheme involving home health care for elderly patients
Lori Reaves, a doctor who was the owner and founder of Visiting Physicians of South Jersey (VPA) – a Hammonton, N.J., provider of home-based physician services for seniors – was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for charging lengthy visits to elderly patients that they did not receive.

July 17, 2013
u.S. Postal service employee sentenced to 46 months in prison for mailing and receiving packages of cocaine
Christina Nunez, a former U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for her role in a scheme to intercept cocaine-laden packages mailed from Puerto Rico to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

three doctors admit accepting bribes for test referrals to new jersey clinical laboratory
Three New Jersey doctors admitted today they accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from Parsippany, N.J.-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) as part of a long-running scheme operated by the lab, its president, and numerous associates.
Aponte Information
Dicovsky Information
Fortunato Information

five federally charged with gunpoint carjackings, attempts in essex county, n.J.
Five men will appear in Newark federal court today to face federal charges for a string of gunpoint carjackings and attempted carjackings in Essex County, N.J.
Caraballo Complaint
Ayala and Morales Complaint
Thermitus Complaint
Tullies Complaint

July 16, 2013
Ocean county, n.J., school bus driver sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over internet
Frank J. Bognar, an Ocean County, N.J., school bus driver was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet through his home computer.

Passaic county, n.J., man sentenced to 15 months in prison for importing and selling counterfeit merchandise
Wesam Abedrabbo, a Passaic County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for importing and selling counterfeit merchandise.

Pennsylvania man sentenced to two years in prison for selling thousands of dollars worth of firearms to new jersey resident
Eduardo Velasquez, a Pennsylvania man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for illegally selling firearms and ammunition on multiple occasions for thousands of dollars in cash.

July 15, 2013
member of the scripps media family sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing millions from family
Michael Scripps, a member of the Scripps Media family was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for embezzling $3.6 million from members of his family to fund his lavish lifestyle.

Camden man sentenced to 135 months in prison for scheme to steal checks from u.S. mail
Ibn Muhammad, a Camden man was sentenced today to 135 months in prison for his role in a scheme in which he and others stole business checks from the U.S. Mail in New Jersey and Connecticut, altered them, and cashed them.

ocean county, n.J., man sentenced to 78 months in prison for possession of child pornography
William A. Burrows, an Ocean County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for possessing child pornography on his computer and an external hard drive, including images of children being sexually abused.

south carolina man sentenced to 75 months in prison for transporting stolen weapons into new jersey
Bassir Baxter, a South Carolina man was sentenced today to 75 months in prison for his role in transporting into New Jersey 22 firearms that were stolen from gun shops in Tennessee and North Carolina.

July 11, 2013
New jersey check cashing company ordered to pay more than $1 million, on probation after admitting failure to file currency transaction reports
GB Check Cashing LLC, a check cashing company licensed in New Jersey, pleaded guilty today and was ordered to forfeit over $1 million for failing to file Currency Transaction Reports as required by law.
GB Check Cashing Information

Cardiologist sentenced to prison for taking cash kickbacks for patient referrals
Shashi Agarwal, an Edison, N.J., cardiologist was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for referring patients for diagnostic testing in exchange for cash kickbacks as part of a cash-for-patients scheme with a diagnostic facility in Orange, N.J.

July 9, 2013
President of new jersey-Based financial services firm Pleads guilty to multimillion-dollar securities fraud
Everett C. Miller, the president of an investment and financial services firm today admitted defrauding dozens of investors New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere of $5 million and evading taxes.
Miller Information

New jersey adult paraphernalia wholesaler sentenced to prison for tax evasion, hiding nearly $1.2m from new york business, including in undeclared indian bank accounts
Sameer Gupta, a Middlesex County, N.J., man who co-owns and operates a wholesale merchandise business in New York selling adult paraphernalia was sentenced today to 19 months in prison for concealing more than $1.2 million in income in various domestic and foreign bank accounts.

Seven arrested, charged with selling illegal drugs to veterans treated at vA medical centers in new jersey
Seven men with access to two VA medical centers in New Jersey were arrested this morning by special agents of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General and the FBI on federal charges alleging they sold illegal drugs to veterans being treated at the centers.
Johnson Complaint
Merritt Complaint
Muhammad, A. Complaint
Muhammad, Y. Complaint
Pearson Complaint
Shalaby Complaint
Stuckey Complaint

Woman who allegedly mailed threatening letters to u.S. supreme court and throughout new jersey arrested on federal charge
Karen Waller, an Irvington, N.J., woman was arrested at her home this morning by members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for allegedly mailing letters threatening bodily harm to the U.S. Supreme Court and recipients throughout New Jersey.
Waller Complaint

July 2, 2013
members of international arms smuggling network sentenced to prison for trafficking weapons and ammunition to greece
Four members of an international arms trafficking organization were sentenced to prison today in New Jersey for conspiring to smuggle substantial quantities of firearms and ammunition from the United States to Greece.

Union county, n.J., businessman admits tax evasion scheme
Yuxin Xie, a Union County, N.J., man who owns and operates a medical supply company that he runs out of his home admitted today to concealing $3,984,508 in business receipts and pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion.
Xie Information

July 1, 2013
former n.J. turnpike authority manager charged with stealing more than $120,000
Gerardo Blasi, a former claims manager for the N.J. Turnpike Authority was arrested today for allegedly stealing more than $120,000 from the authority.
Blasi Complaint

essex county, n.J., man convicted on weapons charges
Randy Andrew, an Essex County, N.J., man, charged in connection with 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, was convicted on weapons charges.

bulgarian national charged in largest identity theft ring of its time extradited to face indictment in new jersey
Aleksi Kolarov, 30, will appear in Newark federal court today after being extradited from Paraguay to face U.S. charges he participated in the Shadowcrew forum, an online marketplace for hacking and identity theft that was the largest of its kind when dismantled by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Secret Service in 2004.
Kolarov Indictment

June 2013

June 28, 2013
brooklyn woman convicted of shipment of $1 million worth of stolen luxury vehicles to africa
Hope Kantete, a federal jury convicted Hope K. Kantete today for her role as the leader of a ring that was responsible for shipping dozens of stolen and carjacked luxury cars and SUVs worth more than $1 million from New Jersey to Africa.

Owner of nellie’s provisions sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion
Nicholas Papanier Sr., the owner of a meat distribution company was sentenced today to four months in prison and four months of house arrest for evading taxes related to income diverted from his companies for his personal use.

jersey city contractor pleads guilty to bribing a VA official
Hitesh Desai, a Jersey City, N.J. contractor admitted today that he bribed a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) official so that two companies with which he was affiliated could obtain favorable treatment from the VA .
Desai Information

June 27, 2013
former new jersey lawyer sentenced to 33 months in prison for embezzling more than $885,000 in law firm funds
Timothy Provost, a former partner of a law firm based in Freehold, N.J., was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for defrauding the firm and its clients by improperly diverting more than $885,000 from the law firm.

June 25, 2013
Essex county, n.J., woman who scammed credit card numbers to buy luxury items sentenced to seven years in federal prison
Melody Macken, an Essex County, N.J., woman who admitted using stolen credit card numbers to purchase $133,000 worth of high-end merchandise was sentenced today to 84 months in prison.

June 24, 2013
former essex county, n.J., sheriff’s officer admits collecting a debt through extortion
John Balsamo, a Monmouth County, N.J., man admitted today to conspiring to collect a debt using extortionate means.
Balsamo Indictment

Rapper fat joe sentenced to four months in prison for failing to file income tax returns on over $3.3 in taxable income
Joseph Cartagena, the rapper popularly known as “Fat Joe,” was sentenced to four months in prison for failing to file tax returns with the IRS.

Business owner admits evading taxes on more than $300,000
Robert Schaefer, a Morris County, N.J., man today admitted evading personal income taxes on more than $300,000 in income over four years.
Schaefer Information

June 21, 2013
newark man charged in gunpoint sandwich shop robbery
FBI special agents arrested Jamar Darby, a Newark man, at his home this morning in connection with an armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in Verona, N.J.
Darby Complaint

chairman of woodland park, n.J., democratic committee admits bribing an iRS official
Michael Kazmark, the chairman of the Woodland Park, N.J., Democratic Committee admitted today that he bribed two individuals he thought were IRS officials so that he could eliminate his tax debt.
Kazmark Information

June 20, 2013
Oklahoma man arrested and charged with stealing more than $2.8 million in textbooks from former employer
Christopher J. Brock, an Oklahoma man who was previously employed as a textbook salesman at Hoboken-based John Wiley & Sons will appear in court today on charges he stole more than $2.8 million in textbooks from his former employer through an elaborate scheme that involved diverting free educational samples intended for professors.
Brock Complaint

New jersey husband and wife tax preparers charged with tax fraud, wife arrested
A tax preparer was arrested this morning at her Union, N.J., home for allegedly teaming up with her tax preparer husband to get unearned tax refunds for their clients to make extra money for themselves.
Johnson Indictment

New jersey man sentenced to prison for lying to terrorism investigators
Mohamed Osman, a Bayonne, N.J., man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for lying to officials investigating Mohamed Alessa and Carlos E. Almonte – who were subsequently convicted of a conspiracy to travel from New Jersey to kill on behalf of a terrorist group in Somalia.

June 19, 2013
Owner of telecommunications companies admits role in international phone hacking conspiracy
Wolfgang Uelpenich, a German citizen admitted his role in an international conspiracy that hacked into the telephone systems of large corporations and entities in the United States and around the world to make telephone calls, causing tens of millions of dollars in losses.
Uelpenich Information

Newark, n.J., man sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for illegal firearm/drug possession
Jimmil Henderson, a Newark, N.J., man who was convicted earlier this year on drug and weapons charges was sentenced today to 200 months in prison.

Four men arrested for armed robbery of new jersey target store on black friday
FBI special agents and Union Police Department detectives arrested four New Jersey men this morning in connection with the armed robbery last November of a Target Store in Union, N.J., on “Black Friday.”
Carter, Darrell A. Et Al. Complaint

June 18, 2013
Ocean county, n.J., man admits sexually abusing toddler and streaming assault live over the internet
Rodford W. Brindley, an Ocean County, N.J., man today admitted sexually abusing a 15-month-old boy and streaming footage of the assault over the Internet.
Brindley Information

British national admits role in cocaine smuggling conspiracy
Prine George Alfonso Jones, an extradited British national today admitted his role in an organization that smuggled cocaine aboard commercial airlines from the West Indies to England via the United States.
Jones Superseding Information

South jersey woman sentenced to prison for defrauding fEMA after major disaster
Debbie Hicks, an Atlantic City, N.J., woman was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for stealing benefit money from FEMA through fraud relating to a presidential disaster declaration for the state of New Jersey after the nor’easter in 2010.

June 17, 2013
Former employee of timeshare consulting firm pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy and unemployment fraud
Ryan E. Bird, a former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC admitted today to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties.
Bird Information

bergen county, n.J., man admits giving corrupt payments to dismiss pending state criminal charges
Mahmud Hammad, a Bergen County, N.J., man admitted today that he agreed to give a $10,000 corrupt payment to personnel at the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office to dismiss criminal charges that were pending against him.
Hammad Information

Former part-Owner of litigation funding company admits defrauding business partners in $869,492 kickback conspiracy
Mathew Sheldon, the former part-owner and underwriter for New York-based litigation funding company The Law Funder LLC, admitted today in Newark federal court to participating in a secret kickback scheme that defrauded his former business partners of approximately $869,492.
Sheldon Superseding Information

June 13, 2013

Father and son sentenced to prison in connection with bogus foreclosure rescue company
Vito C. Grippo and Frederick "Freddie" Grippo, a father and son who ran a mortgage loan fraud scheme that succeeded in obtaining $4.4 million in mortgage loans while masquerading as a foreclosure rescue operation were both sentenced to prison today.

Owner of northern new jersey auto part stores admits fraud in tax returns, not including more than $1.1 million in cash income
Emanuel Marques, the owner of several auto parts stores in northern New Jersey admitted today to underreporting on his tax returns more than $1.1 million in cash income that he kept for his personal benefit.
Marques Information

Union county, n.J., man charged with defrauding sellers on ebay online auction site
David D'Aries, a Union County man surrendered to law enforcement officers today for allegedly defrauding hundreds of sellers of foreign and antique banknotes on the eBay online auction site.
D'Aries Criminal Complaint

Clifton, n.J.-based cPA and client arrested, charged for attempted bribes of iRS revenue agent
Hamed Aref, a Certified Public Accountant with an office in Clifton, N.J., and one of his clients, Yousef Zaben, were arrested this morning by federal agents for allegedly trying to bribe an IRS revenue agent to reduce the client’s tax liability of more than $900,000.
Aref, Hamed & Zaben, Yousef

June 12, 2013
leader of international, $200 million credit card fraud scam pleads guilty
Tahir Lodhi, a New York man has admitted his role in leading one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Lodhi Information

test prep company owner who was extradited from latvia ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution for stealing questions from medical licensing exam
Egija Kuka, one of the owners and operators of a Totowa, N.J., test preparation business, who was extradited from Latvia in October 2012, was ordered to pay $700,000 in restitution for her role in stealing “live” licensing examination questions from the National Board of Medical Examiners.

bergen county, n.J., dentist, owner of three dental practices, sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud
Stephen Beukas, a Bergen County, N.J., dentist and owner of three dental practices in Bergen and Monmouth counties, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for evading more than $800,000 in taxes and failing to disclose almost $1.3 million in income in a bankruptcy petition.

Camden county, n.J., man sentenced to 46 months in prison for conspiring to sink boat for insurance payment
Scott Tran, a Camden County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for organizing a plot to sink his fishing boat off the coast of Cape May, N.J., in August 2009 to collect $400,000 from an insurance company.

internist admits taking cash kickbacks for patient referrals
Padma Siripurapu, a Somerset County doctor practicing internal medicine at Newark Community Health Center, where she is the clinical director, today admitted receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals of her patients.
Siripurapu Information

Eight charged with fraud, iD theft, money laundering In multimillion-Dollar international cybercrime scheme
Eight alleged members of an international cybercrime, money laundering and identity theft conspiracy are federally charged in New Jersey with a scheme to use information hacked from customer accounts held at more than a dozen banks, brokerage firms, payroll processing companies and government agencies in an attempt to steal at least $15 million from U.S. customers.
Sharapka, Oleksiy Et Al. Complaint
Sharapka, Oleksiy et al. Amended Complaint

Bank robber sentenced to 10 years in prison for two newark bank robberies
Alfred Ferguson, an Essex County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for robbing the Garden State Community Bank in Newark on two separate occasions.

June 10, 2013
President of new jersey clinical laboratory, six salesmen admit bribing doctors for more than $100 million in test referrals
The president of Parsippany, N.J.-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), three BLS employees and three associates admitted today to a conspiracy in which millions of dollars in bribes were paid to physicians over a number of years in exchange for blood sample referrals worth more than $100 million to the company.
Nicoll, David Information
Nicoll, Scott Information
Antell, Cliff Information
Chicco, Luke Information
Hurley, Doug Information
Kerekes, Kevin Information
Nordman, Craig Information

Bristol-Myers squibb executive admits insider trading charges
Robert Ramnarine, a former executive with global pharmaceuticals giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) admitted today to trading on inside information regarding a public company that BMS was in the process of acquiring.
Ramnarine Information

June 6, 2013

Former new jersey law firm employees who embezzled more than $788,000 in law firm funds sentenced to prison
Two former employees of a law firm based in Edison, N.J., Marla Deptula and Rose L. Crabbe, were sentenced to prison terms today for conspiring to defraud their former employer by improperly diverting more than $788,000 from the law firm.

Doctor pleads guilty in cash-For-Patients scheme
Eddie Rosa, a Newark physician today admitted receiving nearly $30,000 in cash kickbacks for diagnostic referrals of his patients.
Rosa Information

June 5, 2013
Monmouth county, new jersey financial adviser sentenced to seven years in prison for $9 million ponzi scheme
Maxwell B. Smith, a Monmouth County, N.J.-based financial adviser and broker, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for defrauding New Jersey investors out of more than $9 million.

Essex county, n.J., man sentenced to five months in prison for transporting explosive materials
Anthony Nicholas Gallo, an Essex County, N.J., man was sentenced today to five months in prison for transporting explosive chemicals in a piece of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, pipe to Pennsylvania without a federal license or permit.

New jersey-based financial advisor pleads guilty, admits defrauding elderly investors
Ralph A. Saviano, a Somerset County, N.J.-based financial advisor pleaded guilty today to stealing $138,000 from two elderly investors and funding his lavish lifestyle with money he claimed to be investing in conservative securities and his business.
Saviano Information

Three members of violent newark street gang indicted on murder and racketeering charges
Three alleged members of a violent Newark street gang were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges that include murder, racketeering, kidnapping, robbery, weapons offenses and drug dealing.
South Side Cartel Indictment

Owner of ocean county, n.J., architectural firm sentenced to three months in prison for submitting false corporate returns
Pravin H. Patel, the owner of an Ocean County, N.J., architectural and engineering firm was sentenced today to three months in prison and three months of house arrest for filing fraudulent tax returns on behalf of his firm.

leader in $200 million international stolen data ring charged in new jersey as part of worldwide takedown
Duy Hai Truong, one of the leaders of an international data theft ring has been federally charged in New Jersey for his alleged role in a scheme which caused approximately $200 million in fraudulent charges to credit cards issued in the United States and Europe.
Truong Complaint

Former engineer for global medical technology corporation charged with stealing trade secrets from new jersey employer
Ketankumar Maniar, a former engineer for global medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) was arrested this morning by special agents of the FBI at a hotel in Ramsey, N.J., disrupting his alleged plan to relocate to India with trade secrets he stole from the Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based company
Maniar Complaint

Livingston, n.J., tax return preparer admits filing tax returns using the identification of a dead person
Todd P. Halpern, a Livingston, N.J., tax return preparer today admitted filing false claims with the IRS using a dead tax return preparer’s identification and preparing false documents for numerous fraudulent loans, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Halpern Information

June 4, 2013
Multimillion-Dollar real estate ponzi schemer sentenced to nine years in prison for securities fraud and money laundering
David Connolly, a Somerset County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for his role in defrauding victims of an investment scheme by misusing their capital contributions and misrepresenting the performance of their investments.

Owner of window installation business admits tax evasion
Fred Marcus, the owner of a window installation company located in Mt.Laurel, N.J., admitted today he converted to cash millions of dollars in the company’s gross receipts and used the money to pay his workers without withholding employment taxes.
Marcus Information

June 3, 2013
new jersey collector, distributor of child sex abuse images sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison
Martin Villalobos, a Lodi, N.J., man was sentenced today in Newark federal court to 292 months in prison for amassing and sharing an extensive photo and video collection of children being sexually abused.

Statement of new jersey u.S. attorney paul j. fishman on the passing of senator frank lautenberg
“Senator Lautenberg’s passion for public service and his commitment to making life better for everyone have inspired so many of us. From his service in WWII to his extraordinary tenure as our U.S. Senator, he exemplified everything that is great about this country. He was my friend, and I will miss him.”

Middlesex county, n.J., lawyer admits scheme to extort and defraud police officers, others through fake iRS investigation
Thomas G. Frey, a Middlesex County, N.J., lawyer and certified public accountant today admitted that he conspired with a New Jersey mortgage broker to extort and defraud victims by falsely representing to them that they were the subjects of criminal investigations.
Frey Indictment

May 2013

May 31, 2013
Former employee of atlantic county, n.J., timeshare consulting firm admits conspiring to defraud timeshare owners
Joseph Saxon, a former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC of Pleasantville, N.J., admitted to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties by offering phony consulting services.
Saxon Superseding Information

Former bank officer admits accepting bribes in connection with financial transactions
Jose Dominguez, a former bank officer today admitted his role in soliciting and accepting bribes in connection with financial transactions.
Dominguez Information

May 30, 2013
Union county, n.J., woman who drove getaway car during bank robbery sentenced to 54 months in prison

Teresa Webb, a Union County, N.J., woman who admitted serving as the getaway driver during the July 12, 2012, bank robbery of Unity Bank located at 1230 Bound Brook Road (Route 28) in Middlesex, N.J., was sentenced today to 54 months in prison.

Essex county, n.J., man charged in armed robbery of store
Special agents of the FBI arrested Bobby Dawson, an Essex County, N.J., man this morning in connection with the armed robbery of Belleville News and Food.
Dawson Complaint

New city, n.Y., man sentenced to 37 months in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse
John C. Zerega, a New City, N.Y., man and former employee of a New Jersey country club was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for possessing images on his computer of children being sexually abused.

May 29, 2013
Newark man sentenced to 46 months in prison in scheme to steal checks from u.S. mail
Kurtis Steele, a Newark man was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal personal checks from the U.S. mail, fraudulently endorsed them and deposit them into personal checking accounts.

Morris county, n.J., man sentenced to 140 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over internet
Khalil Survey, a Morris County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 140 months in prison today for possessing and distributing over the Internet images of child sexual abuse.

Seven people charged in $2 million tax refund check scam
Seven people allegedly involved in an extensive scheme to obtain millions of dollars through fraudulently obtained refund checks issued by the U.S. Treasury were charged today with conspiring to steal government funds.
Pena, Luis et. al. Complaint

New york attorney arrested for charging hundreds of thousands of dollars for advertisements never placed
Federal agents arrested, Marijan Cvjeticanin, a New York attorney this morning to face a criminal complaint charging him with defrauding two international companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by fraudulently billing them for advertising services that were never provided.
Cvjeticanin Complaint

May 23, 2013

Camden man admits conspiracy to steal checks from mail
Michael A. Ingalls, Jr., a Camden man admitted his role in a scheme in which he and others stole business checks from the U.S. Mail in New Jersey and Connecticut, altered them, and cashed them using a series of conspirators.
Ingalls Information

Two convicted by new jersey federal jury for scheme to rob drug dealers and sell their cocaine
Ralph Dennis and Terrance Hardee who plotted to rob a drug stash house in order to sell the stolen cocaine were convicted today by a federal jury in New Jersey of crimes related to the scheme.

Morris county, n.J., man sentenced to lengthy prison term for distributing videos of child sexual abuse over the internet
William Rensing, a Morris County, N.J., man was sentenced today in Camden federal court to 210 months in prison for distributing images and videos of child sexual abuse over the Internet.

Camden man sentenced to seven years in prison for unlawful possession of a stolen semiautomatic handgun
Bryon Goodman, a Camden man with prior felony convictions was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a semiautomatic handgun.

May 22, 2013
New jersey doctor convicted by federal jury for writing illegal oxycodone presctiptions in drug distribution conspiracy
Michael Durante, an internal medicine specialist who wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone was convicted today by a federal jury in New Jersey for his role in a conspiracy that put tens of thousands of prescription pills on the streets for resale.

Former employee of timeshare consulting firm admits conspiring to defraud timeshare owners
Catherine Bannigan, a former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC admitted to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties by offering phony consulting services.
Bannigan Information

Manager of international alien smuggling ring sentenced in new jersey to 51 months in prison
Sanderlei Alves DaCruz, a manager and supervisor of an international scheme responsible for smuggling into the United States hundreds of illegal aliens from Brazil, India and elsewhere was sentenced today to 51 months in prison.

Alleged conspirator arrested, four indicted for armed robberies of New jersey T-Mobile stores
FBI special agents arrested a Roslyn Heights, N.Y., man near his home this morning to face an indictment charging him and three other men with various offenses in connection with two armed robberies of T-Mobile stores in Linden and Woodbridge, N.J.
McQueen, Terrell et. al. Indictment

Somerset county, n.J., man charged with possession of child pornography
Patrick T. Deck, a Somerset County, N.J., man made his initial court appearance today after being arrested for allegedly possessing multiple, sexually suggestive images of children.
Deck Complaint

Personal trainer arrested for conspiracy to distribute steroids
Richard Gray, a Middlesex County, N.J., man who works as a personal trainer was arrested this morning for conspiring to distribute more than 89,000 units of anabolic steroids in both pill and liquid form.
Gray Complaint
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Attachment C

May 21, 2013
Alleged fugitive sought for three years arrested in atlantic city
Edward Brown, Jr., a former Atlantic County man who has allegedly been a fugitive since being charged in 2010 with multiple crimes in connection with a large-scale heroin distribution conspiracy was arrested last night in Atlantic City.
Brown Superseding Indictment

May 17, 2013

new jersey law office employee indicted for possessing, distributing images of child sexual abuse from work computer
Kevin Rease, a registered sex offender employed at a law office in Paterson, N.J., was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Newark for allegedly possessing and distributing images of child sex abuse over the Internet.
Rease Indictment

May 16, 2013
Princeton, n.J., youth soccer coach arrested, charged with possessing images of sexually exploited children
Jorge A. Roman, a Princeton, N.J., youth soccer coach was arrested today after law enforcement officers searching his home allegedly discovered compromising, sexual movies of minor boys.
Roman Complaint

Camden, n.J., man allegedly exchanged more than $1 million in snap/Food stamp benefits for cash
Alexander Vargas, of Camden, N.J., who allegedly stole more than $1 million dollars from the U.S. Government through a food stamps scheme was arrested by federal agents this morning.
Vargas Complaint

May 15, 2013
bergen county, n.J., woman indicted in $2 million mortgage fraud scheme

Klary Arcentales, a Bergen County, N.J., woman was indicted today for her role in a long-running, large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses.
Arcentales Indictment

brooklyn, n.Y., man charged with bank robbery
John Edward Stevens, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man who was arrested in April in connection with a Bergen County bank robbery will make his initial court appearance today.
Stevens Complaint

May 14, 2013
South carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for transporting stolen weapons into new jersey
Bevan Holston, a South Carolina man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in transporting into New Jersey 22 firearms that were stolen from gun shops in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Camden county, n.J., man sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring to distribute 13 kilograms of cocaine
Jamal Herrin, a Camden County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for attempting to purchase 13 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in and through New Jersey.

Three arrested, charged in new jersey for multimillion-Dollar Fraud offering phony “pre-ipo” facebook shares
Federal law enforcement officers with the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation arrested three men at their homes this morning on charges they stole approximately $6.7 million from an investor, in part by claiming special access to shares in the social media company Facebook Inc., prior to the company’s initial public offering.
Weinstein, Eliyahu et. al. Criminal Complaint

Owner of new jersey aircraft parts brokerage company arrested, charged with laundering scrapped jet engine parts
Gideon Vaisman, the owner of an aircraft parts broker in Ridgefield, N.J., will appear in Newark federal court today following his arrest last night for an alleged conspiracy to launder scrapped jet engine parts.
Vaisman Criminal Complaint

California man sentenced to prison, ordered to pay $1.5 million for scheme that swindled new jersey investors
Robert Schroy, a man who perpetrated a million-dollar investment fraud from California that defrauded New Jersey victims was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for crimes related to the scheme.

Passaic county man admits role in long-Running, international counterfeit goods trafficking scheme
Aref Abuhadba, a Passaic County, N.J., man today admitted participating in a multi-year, international conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods.
Abuhadba Information

May 13, 2013
Union official from jersey city local sentenced to six months in prison for embezzling money
Stephen Arena, the president of Local 148 of the Production Workers Union was sentenced today to six months in prison for conspiring with the secretary-treasurer/recording secretary to steal money from the union by taking unauthorized salary increases and bonuses.

Organizer of international securities fraud ring sentenced to prison for using hackers to falsely inflate stock prices
Christopher Rad, the central organizer of a worldwide conspiracy to manipulate stock prices through a “botnet” network of virus-controlled computers was sentenced today in Trenton federal court to 71 months in prison.

man who recorded girls with hidden camera sentenced to 15 years in prison for production of child pornography
Ronald Oshrin, a Morris County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for using hidden cameras to record young girls in his home.

Hudson county, n.J., man admits paying bribes for $3.5 million line of credit
Rolando Cribeiro, a Hudson County, N.J., man today admitted his role in paying bribes valued at $49,000 to a bank officer at Mariner’s Bank in Edgewater, N.J., to renew a $3.5 million line of credit.
Cribeiro Information

May 10, 2013
three former employees of timeshare consulting firm admit conspiring to defraud timeshare owners
Three former employees of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC admitted to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties by offering phony consulting services.
Reiff Information
Sawyer Information
Cox Superseding Information

May 9, 2013

Passaic county, n.J., man charged with possession of child pornography
Anthony Chiampi, a Passaic County, N.J., man was arrested today after law enforcement officers discovered alleged child pornography at his residence.
Chiampi Complaint

May 8, 2013

Former carteret high school vice principal pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Nicholas Sysock, a Rahway, N.J., man who was the vice principal at Carteret High School admitted today that he possessed child pornography.
Sysock Information

former newark police officer pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit section 8 fraud
Suliaman Kamara, a former Newark police officer admitted today that he conspired with another individual to fraudulently obtain payments under the federal public housing assistance program known as “Section 8."
Kamara Information

englishtown, n.J., pharmacy burgular admits conspiracy to sell stolen oxycodone
James Zarbailov, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man admitted today to his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Englishtown, N.J., and sell stolen narcotics for cash.
Zarbailov Information

Mercer county, n.J., man charged with possession of child pornography
Fredy Arbito, a Mercer County, N.J., man will have his initial court appearance on child pornography charges in New Jersey after having been arrested by local authorities in Panama and returned to the United States in early April, where he was arrested by special agents from the Department of Homeland Security.
Arbito Complaint

May 7, 2013

Union county, n.J., man arrested, charged with distributing images of chilld sexual abuse
Law enforcement officers arrested a Union County, N.J., man, Andrew Johnson, today after discovering alleged child pornography on his home computer during a search following an undercover investigation.
Johnson Criminal Complaint

May 6, 2013

Singer and actress lauryn hill sentenced to prison for failing to file tax returns for more than $2.3 million in income
Lauryn N. Hill, the Grammy-winning singer and actress, was sentenced today to three months in prison and three months of home confinement with electronic monitoring for not reporting more than $2.3 million in income by intentionally failing to file tax returns for five years.

May 2, 2013

Two former employees of clinical laboratory admit roles in Multimillion-Dollar cash-For-Referral scheme
Two former sales representatives of Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) admitted today to conspiring with others to bribe doctors to refer patient blood samples to BLS.
Breihof Information
Dailey Information

May 1, 2013

Former resident of hudson county, n.J., admits defrauding hospitalized, elderly widow
Ralph Cozzino, a former Hudson County, N.J., resident admitted today that he defrauded an elderly woman of approximately $279,000 while she was hospitalized for cancer treatment.
Cozzino Indictment

April 2013

April 30, 2013

Former employee of new jersey timeshare consulting firm admits separate mortgage and unemployment scams
Francis Santore, a former employee in the New Jersey offices of the Vacation Ownership Group LLC admitted today he conspired to defraud owners of timeshare properties by offering phony consulting services while also illegally collecting unemployment benefits.
Santore Superseding Information

Ocean county, n.J., attorney admits income tax evasion and failing to pay payroll taxes
Lee Gottesman, an Ocean County, N.J., attorney admitted today to evading federal income taxes, after hiding assets in an attorney trust account in his wife’s name when he was already in debt to the IRS.
Gottesman Indictment

New jersey couple arrested, federally charged with abusing their children in cruel “Training” program
A U.S. Army major surrendered to federal agents following his wife’s arrest at their Mount Holly, N.J., home this morning on charges that they abused their children through neglectful and cruel acts, including by breaking their bones, denying them medical attention, withholding water and force-feeding them hot sauce.
Jackson et. al. Indictment

April 29, 2013

Middlesex county, n.J., man charged with bank robbery in saddle brook, n.J.
Jorge Rodriguez, a Middlesex County, N.J. man made his initial appearance in federal court today following his arrest in connection with a bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Rodriguez Complaint

Senior vice president of operations at white rose food pleads guilty to tax evasion
John Annetta, the senior vice president of operations of an independent wholesale food distributor admitted today to evading taxes on income he received from third parties.
Annetta Information

South jersey man admits stealing father’s benefit checks for 22 years after his death
Michael Shelton, a south Jersey man who hid his father’s death from authorities to keep his Social Security payments admitted today to stealing more than $200,000 in retirement savings benefits paid out to the deceased.
Shelton Information

insurance agent pleads guilty to personal income tax evasion
Ronald Patetta, an insurance agent admitted today he evaded paying taxes related to income derived from his sale of insurance products from 2001 through 2005.
Patetta Indictment

April 24, 2013

registered sex offender charged with distributing images of child sexual abuse from new jersey law office computer
Kevin Rease, a registered sex offender employed at a law office in Paterson, N.J., will appear in court today following his arrest at the office late yesterday after law enforcement officers discovered alleged child pornography on his work computer.
Rease Complaint

April 22, 2013

former jersey city council candidate admits mishandling contributions
Former Jersey City Council candidate Lori Serrano today admitted to converting federal funds illegally for her own use.
Serrano Superseding Information

April 18, 2013

Two essex county, n.J., men admit roles in armed robbery of jewelry store
Two Essex County, N.J., men today admitted their roles in the armed robbery of the Golden Palace jewelry store in Orange.
Moore, Antonio et. al. Indictment
Madison, Charles Information

Former employee of new jersey timeshare consulting firm admits separate mortgage and unemployment scams
Brian Corley, a former employee in the New Jersey offices of the Vacation Ownership Group LLC admitted today to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties by offering phony consulting services while also illegally collecting unemployment benefits.
Corley Superseding Information

April 17, 2013

owner of auto repair shop servicing government vehicles admits bribing government official
Taras Maczaj, the owner of Autotron Systems Inc., an auto repair shop that provided auto repair services to numerous government agencies, admitted today that he paid bribes to a federal agent in exchange for the agent’s assistance in referring government business to Autotron and expediting and inflating payments.
Maczaj Information

April 15, 2013

two new jersey men sentenced to decades in prison for conspiring to kill overseas with designated foreign terrorist organization al shabaab
Mohamed Hamoud Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, two New Jersey men convicted for conspiring to travel to Somalia to join a terrorist group and murder individuals whose beliefs and practices did not align with their extremist ideology were sentenced today to 22 and 20 years in prison, respectively.

Newark, n.J., man sentenced to 55 months in prison for carjacking
Anthony Reynolds, of Newark was sentenced today to 55 months in prison for his role in a carjacking on March 14, 2012.

April 12, 2013

scripps media heir convicted at trial for stealing millions from family
Michael Scripps, an heir to the Scripps Media fortune was convicted today by a federal jury in Philadelphia for embezzling $3.6 million from members of his family to fund his lavish lifestyle.

Defendant admits role in $65 million stolen identity income tax refund fraud scheme
Luis Martinez, a North Carolina man today admitted his role in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever prosecuted.
Martinez Information

April 11, 2013

former employee of timeshare consulting firm admits fraud conspiracy and unemployment fraud
Alfred Giordano, a former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC admitted today to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties.
Giordano Superseding Information

pennsylvania man admits robbing two banks in one month
Odel Taitt, a Pennsylvania man today admitted robbing two banks, one in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania, in October 2011.
Taitt Information

Former mortgage broker and bank officer admits conspiring to defraud bank in connection with $1.48 million loan
James Cockinos, a former mortgage broker and bank officer today admitted his role in conspiring to commit bank fraud in order to secure a $1.48 million residential real estate loan.
Cockinos Information

Essex county, n.J., man admits credit card fraud
Abdullah Bryant, an Essex County, N.J., man today admitted his role in a scheme to illegally obtain and use duplicate credit cards.
Bryant Information

April 10, 2013

Prominent tri-State cardiologist admits record $19 million billing fraud scheme, exposing patients to unskilled and unnecessary medical treatment
Jose Katz, a well-known cardiologist and the founder, CEO, and sole owner of a pair of large medical services companies in New Jersey and New York admitted today to conspiring in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme that subjected thousands of patients to unnecessary tests and potentially life-threatening, unneeded treatment, as well as treatment by unlicensed or untrained personnel.
Katz Information

newark police officer sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding bank of $1.9 million loan and bribing bank employee
Newark Police Officer Victor Patela was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, two counts of loan application fraud and bank bribery, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

April 9, 2013

atlantic city, n.J., tax preparer admits filing fraudulent income tax returns and becoming a united states citizen by fraud
Nicolas Gomez-Rua, an Atlantic City, N.J., tax preparer today admitted his role in aiding and assisting the preparation of false income tax returns, illegal use of Social Security numbers and unlawfully obtaining United States’ citizenship.
Gomez-Rua Indictment

Bergen county, n.J., woman admits making false statements to homeland security
Vaidehi A. Patel, a Bergen County, N.J., woman today admitted making false statements to special agents of Homeland Security Investigations.
Patel Information

clinical laboratory president and new jersey doctor, others Charged with company in multimillion-Dollar cash for referral scheme
Federal agents arrested the president and part-owner of Parsippany, N.J.-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), a New Jersey physician and two other BLS employees this morning on charges they participated in a long-running scheme to bribe doctors to refer patient blood samples to BLS and to order unnecessary tests, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in profit for the company.
BLS et. al. Complaint

Seven people arrested in connection with camden drug gang
Agents of the FBI, the N.J. State Police and detectives and investigators of the Camden Police Department and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office arrested seven people this morning for their alleged involvement with an illegal drug trafficking operation in Camden.
Wiles et. al. Complaint
Wiles Complaint
Pulliam Complaint
Gould Complaint
Mims Complaint
Jackson Complaint
Thomas-Randall Complaint
Gideon Complaint
Lewis Complaint

East orange, n.J., construction official sentenced to 18 months in prison for extortion
Kim Davis, a longtime construction official in the property maintenance department of the City of East Orange, N.J., was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for extorting money from a property owner in exchange for the official’s assistance in city government matters.

April 5, 2013

Middlesex county, n.J., man sentenced to 60 months in prison for distributing videos of child sexual abuse
Jacob Rios, a Middlesex County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for distributing images and videos of child sexual abuse over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

U.S. attorney and head of IRS newark field office remind taxpayers filing deadline is near
As the April 15 deadline for filing taxes approaches, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Shantelle P. Kitchen IRS-Criminal Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge, Newark Field Office, are reminding taxpayers to accurately and completely fill out their returns and make sure they file them on time.

April 3, 2013

West new york, n.J., man sentenced to 210 months in prison for armed bank robbery
Maximo Castro, a West New York, N.J., man was sentenced today to 210 months in prison for robbing a TD Bank branch in Weehawken, N.J., on May 31, 2011.

Atlantic county, n.J., man admits role in heroin conspiracy
Nassaun Hines, an Atlantic County, N.J., man today admitted his involvement in a scheme to distribute heroin in and through New Jersey.
Hines Superseding Information

Staten island, n.Y. man pleads guilty in jewelry store robbery
Robert A. Fiolka, a Staten Island, N.Y., man today admitted his role in the robbery of Blue Stove Antiques in Fair Haven, N.J., on June 2, 2012.
Fiolka Information

April 2, 2013

Jury convicts essex county, n.J., man in armed robbery and shooting of retired police officer
James Sodano, a Essex County, N.J., man was convicted by a federal jury in Trenton federal court today on all counts related to the robbery and shooting of a retired police officer working as an armed money courier.

Member of white supremacist group admits role in hate crime assault
Michal Gunar, a Mercer County, N.J., man today admitted his role in the New Year’s Eve 2011 hate crime assault of two Middle Eastern men in Sayreville.
Gunar Indictment

Coin dealer formerly from hackensack is indicted on federal tax charges
Gantcho Zagorski, a federal grand jury in Newark today returned a three-count Indictment charging a former Bergen County dealer in ancient coins, with aiding and assisting in the filing of false federal income tax returns.
Zagorski Indictment

hunterdon county, n.J., man sentenced to 15 years in prison for distributing videos of child sexual abuse over the internet
John Livoti, a Hunterdon County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.

Two former executives of athletic equipment company admit 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 today admitted their roles in a conspiracy to defraud schools in New Jersey and elsewhere.
Kurlander, Mitchell Et Al. Indictment (Circle Systems)

April 1, 2013

monmouth county, n.J., man sentenced to 41 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse via blackberry
John Nutt, a Monmouth County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for using his Blackberry smartphone to distribute images of child sexual abuse, including to a stranger in Nevada.

Passaic county, n.J., man sentenced to 51 months in prison for conspiring to distribute black market painkillers
Bahadir Yahsi, a Passaic County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute the prescription painkiller Oxycodone and MDMA, an illegal drug commonly known as “ecstasy."

March 2013

March 28, 2013

south jersey doctor admits making half a million dollars in fraud scheme involving home health care for elderly patients
Lori Reaves, a physician who was the owner and founder of Visiting Physicians of South Jersey – a Hammonton, N.J., provider of home-based physician services for seniors –pleaded guilty today for charging lengthy visits to elderly patients that they did not receive.
Reaves Information

March 27, 2013

Mercer county, n.J., woman admits role in oxycodone ring
Stephanie Lima, a Mercer County, N.J., woman today admitted she conspired with Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, Charles Hall III and others to illegally distribute oxycodone pain pills.
Lima Information

March 26, 2013

Thirty-Four People Charged In Connection With Takedown of Violent Drug Trafficking Organization
Twenty-five people associated with a criminal street gang that allegedly used threats, intimidation and violence to maintain control of the illegal drug trade in Atlantic City were arrested today in pre-dawn raids by agents of the FBI, the N.J. State Police and officers of the Atlantic City Police Department.
Dirty Block Complaint
Abdullah, Ibn Complaint
Allen, Kamal Complaint
Allen Rashada Complaint
Bailey, Kareem Complaint
Bishop, Wanda Complaint
Boston,Wallace Complaint
Brown, Jodi Complaint
Cherry, Latasha Complaint
Davis, Ronald Complaint
Davis, Terry Complaint
Derry, Malik Complaint
Derry, Mykal Complaint
Duncan, Quasim Complaint
Ellis, Tyrone Complaint
Frye, Mark Complaint
Harvey, Jeffrey Complaint
Hayes, Kasan Complaint
Johnson, Ronald Complaint
Mack, Raymond Complaint
Macon, Lamar Complaint
Qureshi, Ambrin Complaint
Simms, Franklin Complaint
Spellman, Kimberly Complaint
Spence, Laquay Complaint
Spencer, Shaamel Complaint
Strong, Rayshell Complaint
Taylor, Patricia Complaint
Thomas, Maurice Complaint
Toulson, Aree Complaint
Townsend, Dwayne Complaint
Turner, Tiarrah Complaint
Venable, Dominique Complaint
Young, Kareem Complaint
Zaffa, Saeed Complaint

March 25, 2013

Former employee of new jersey defense contractor sentenced to 70 months in prison for exporting sensitive military technology to china
Sixing Liu, a former New Jersey-based defense contractor employee – who was convicted by a federal jury for exporting sensitive U.S. military technology to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), stealing trade secrets and lying to federal agents – was sentenced today to 70 months in prison.

March 22, 2013

Owner of nellie’s provisions pleads guilty to tax evasion
Nicholas Papanier Sr., the owner of a meat distribution company admitted today to evading taxes related to income diverted from his companies for his personal use.
Papanier Information

Former hamilton township, n.J., official sentenced to 18 months in prison for laundering bribe money paid to mayor
Robert Warney, the former director of Community Planning and Compliance for Hamilton Township, N.J., who admitted laundering a $5,000 bribe from an insurance broker to township Mayor John Bencivengo, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison.

Purported real estate investor and alleged straw buyer charged in new jersey with $13 million mortgage fraud scheme
Two alleged conspirators in a $13 million mortgage fraud scam that used phony documents and straw buyers to make illegal profits on overbuilt condos at the Jersey shore are charged in connection with the scheme.
Leadbeater, John et. al. Superseding Indictment

March 21, 2013

Monmouth county, n.J., man admits to filing false personal income tax returns omitting swiss bank accounts
Rakesh Chitkara, a Monmouth County, N.J., man today admitted filing false personal federal income tax returns.
Chitkara Information

Warren county, n.J., man sentenced to 48 months in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse
Leonard Ramirez, of Warren County, N.J., was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for possessing images on his computer and an external hard drive of children being sexually abused, including violent video images.

Union county, n.J., man charged with distributing images and videos of child sexual abuse
John Ellenbacher, of Linden, N.J., was arrested yesterday and charged for allegedly distributing child pornography from his home computer.
Ellenbacher Complaint

Shipping corporations to pay $10.4 million for environmental crimes on four ship
Two shipping firms based in Germany and Cyprus today pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice charges and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships related to the deliberate concealment of vessel pollution from four ships that visited ports in New Jersey, Delaware and Northern California.
New Jersey Information
Delaware Information
Joint Factual Statement
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March 20, 2013

mercer county, n.J. woman admits involvement in trenton, n.J. oxycodone ring
Carol Kounitz, a Mercer County, N.J., woman today admitted her role in conspiring with Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, Charles Hall III and others to illegally distribute oxycodone pain pills.
Kounitz Information

bergen county, n.J., man admits downloading images and videos of child sexual abuse
Joseph Anthony Amari, a Bergen County, N.J., man today admitted knowingly receiving over the Internet images and videos of child sexual abuse.
Amari Indictment

Former city of hoboken iT manager pleads guilty to illegally Intercepting and Disclosing e-mails intended for hoboken mayor and top city officials
Patrick Ricciardi, a former management information systems specialist for the city of Hoboken pleaded guilty today for intercepting communications meant for the mayor of Hoboken and top city officials and passing some of those communications on to other officials.
Ricciardi Information

bergen county, n.J., man sentenced to 54 months in prison for conspiring to defraud investors of $1 million through bogus investments
Joseph Suarez, the former New Jersey-based operator of Suarez Investment and Development LLC was sentenced today to 54 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that bilked victims out of $1 million through fraudulent investment schemes.

Disbarred new jersey attorney sentenced to three years in prison for failing to report tax preparation income
Joseph Gallagher, a tax preparer and disbarred New Jersey lawyer was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for 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.

March 19, 2013

Two plead guilty in trenton, n.J., narcotics ring
A Mercer County, N.J., man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone pain pills, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. An Atlantic City, N.J., man also admitted to engaging in related drug transactions by obtaining oxycodone pills and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Scordato Information
Brown Information

Contractors arrested for fraud, arson and aggravated assault
Two principals of a Pennsylvania construction company were arrested today in connection with an employee kickback scheme that occurred during a reconstruction project at the Ft. Dix military base in Burlington County.
Santos, Leonard et. al. Superseding Indictment

March 18, 2013

Jury finds attorney paul w. bergrin guilty on all counts after racketeering trial
A jury has convicted attorney Paul W. Bergrin, 57, of Nutley, N.J., of all 23 counts on which he was tried, including conspiracy to murder a witness and other racketeering, cocaine and prostitution offenses.

FEMA Contractor admits illegally accepting gratuity from victim of hurricane irene
Tara Fannin-Mark, a Texas woman working as a contractor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) admitted today that she demanded and received an illegal gratuity from a New Jersey resident who had applied for FEMA assistance for property damaged by Hurricane Irene.
Fannin-Mark Information

Four men arrested for distributing bath salts at area colleges
Three New Jersey men and one New York man have been arrested in connection with a scheme to allegedly distribute kilogram amounts a controlled substance commonly known as “bath salts.
Jobes Complaint

former vice president at prism career institute sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $400,000
Diane Bowler, a former vice president of operations at Prism Career Institute, a private, post-secondary educational institution with campuses in Cherry Hill, N.J., Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for stealing more than $400,000 from her employer between 2008 and 2011.

New york man sentenced to 41 months in prison For hacking AT&T’s servers
Andrew Auernheimer, the head of a self-described “security research” hacking group was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for breaching AT&T’s servers, stealing e-mail addresses and other personal information belonging to approximately 120,000 Apple iPad users, and disclosing that information to an Internet magazine.

March 15, 2013

camden county, n.J., man sentenced to 163 months in prison for robbing three banks
Richard B. Jones, a Camden County, N.J., man today was sentenced to 163 months in prison for robbing three banks in Pennsauken, N.J., in November 2011 while on federal supervised release for bank robbery.

monmouth county, n.J., man sentenced to 71 months in prison for defrauding 16 people of $1.2 million
Brian McCahery, a Monmouth County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 71 months in prison for defrauding 16 victims, including friends and family, of $1.2 million in an investment fraud scheme.

March 14, 2013

Three indicted in mercer county narcotics distribution scheme
A federal grand jury in Trenton today returned a six-count Indictment charging Joseph A. “Jojo” Giorgianni, Mary Manfredo, and Anthony Dimatteo with distribution of oxycodone.
Giorgianni, Joseph et. al. Indictment

March 13, 2013

middlesex county, n.J., man charged with five bank robberies
Peter Greer, a New Brunswick, N.J. man has been arrested in connection with five bank robberies.
Greer Complaint

former hamilton township, N.J., mayor sentenced to 38 months in prison for extortion, bribery, money laundering
John Bencivengo, the former mayor of Hamilton Township, N.J., was sentenced today to 38 months in prison in connection with $12,400 in bribes he solicited and accepted in exchange for his official influence in helping a health insurance broker maintain her contract with the township’s school district.

hudson county, N.J., man charged with production of child pornography
A federal grand jury today indicted Gregory John Schaffer, a Hudson County, N.J., man for producing and possessing images and videos of child pornography.
Schaffer Indictment

March 12, 2013

Essex county, n.J., woman arrested for fraud scheme that targeted elderly individuals
Terrell Brunson, an Essex County, N.J., woman was arrested this morning for engaging in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme in which she targeted elderly women, fraudulently obtained their personal information, and used it to open new credit cards or access existing credit cards belonging to these individuals.
Brunson Complaint

former u.S. army corps of engineers employee sentenced to 13 years in prison for multimillion-Dollar bribery, kickback scheme
John Alfy Salama Markus , a former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Project Engineer deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom was sentenced today to 156 months in prison for taking at least $3.7 million in bribes and kickbacks in connection with more than $50 million in USACE contracts awarded to foreign companies in Gulf Region North, Iraq.

March 11, 2013

Middlesex county woman admits role In identity theft-Tax fraud case
Patriciah Omari, a Middlesex County woman today admitted her role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain a federal tax refund by filing a false claim with the IRS.
Omari Superseding Information

Pennsylvania prison inmate sentenced to 30 months in prison for sending threatening letter to district judge in philadelphia
William Brown, an inmate in the Pennsylvania State Prison system today was sentenced to 30 months in prison for sending a threatening letter to a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

March 8, 2013

Hudson county, n.J., woman sentenced to 24 months in prison for using her deceased aunt’s identity in bank fraud scheme
Jocelyn Russo, a Hudson County, N.J., woman today was sentenced to 24 months in prison for using the identity of her deceased aunt to obtain access to credit card and deposit accounts, causing three banks to lose more than $30,000.

March 7, 2013

Two men charged with real estate investment fraud scheme
Paul Mancuso and Pasquale Stiso were arrested this morning and charged with engaging in a real estate investment fraud conspiracy that defrauded more than fifteen victims of approximately $5 million from 2009 to the present.
Mancuso, Paul et al. Criminal Complaint

Three south jersey individuals plead guilty to defrauding fema relating to major disasters
Three individuals today admitted to disaster benefits fraud relating to a presidential disaster declaration for the state of New Jersey after the nor’easter in 2010 and Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Hicks Information
Wright Information
Stevens Information

Former employee of timeshare consulting firm pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy
Aimee Allen, a former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group, LLC admitted today to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties.
Allen Information

March 5, 2013

Union county, n.J., man sentenced to 105 month in prison for robbing seven tD banks
Julio Ferrer, a Union County, N.J., man today was sentenced to105 months in prison for robbing seven branch locations of TD Bank throughout New Jersey from September 2011 to December 2011.

Par pharmaceutical companies inc. pleads guilty, admits misbranding of megace® es
New Jersey-based Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc. (“Par”) pleaded guilty in federal court today and agreed to pay $45 million to resolve its criminal and civil liability in the company’s promotion of its prescription drug Megace® ES for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and not covered by federal health care programs, the Justice Department announced.
Par Pharmaceutical Information
Par Pharmaceutical Plea Agreement

March 4, 2013

Florida resident sentenced to 33 months in prison for securities and investment fraud scheme
Scott Kupersmith, formerly of Alpine, N.J., and now living in Marco Island, Fla., was sentenced to 33 months in prison for engaging in a sophisticated securities and investment fraud scheme.

Newark, n.J., businessman sentenced to two years’ probation for extortion conspiracy
Newark, N.J., businessman Sonnie Cooper was sentenced today to two years of probation, including eight months of home confinement, for his part in an extortion conspiracy in which a former Newark deputy mayor official used his official position to steer demolition work to Cooper’s trucking company.

March 1, 2013

bergen county, n.J., man admits role in two separate fraud schemes
George Sepero, a Bergen County, N.J., man who claimed to run New Jersey-based hedge funds using a secret computer program to invest in foreign currency admitted today he defrauded victims out of millions of dollars, defrauded an elderly, disabled widow out of her life savings, and evaded payment of taxes.
Sepero Superseding Information

forfeiture of more than $15M worth of artwork sought by u.S. attorney’s office
The United States has filed a civil asset forfeiture Complaint seeking a collection of artwork containing more than 2,200 pieces and valued at more than $15 million.
Green Diesel Complaint
Green Diesel Exhibit A - Schedule of Seized Artwork

burlington county, n.J., woman sentenced to one year of home confinement, five years of probation, for trying to hide cash
Sandra Mastoris, a Burlington County, N.J., woman was sentenced today to 12 months of home confinement and five years of probation for making cash deposits totaling more than $700,000 in amounts of less than $10,000 each in order to avoid having banks file a report on her deposits.


February 2013

February 28, 2013

Essex county, n.J., man admits role in two bank robberies
Alfred Ferguson, an Essex County, N.J., man today admitted robbing the Garden State Community Bank in Newark, N.J., on two separate occasions.
Ferguson Information

Essex county, n.J., man admits transporting explosive materials
Anthony Nicholas Gallo, an Essex County, N.J., man today admitted transporting explosive chemicals in a piece of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, pipe to Pennsylvania without a federal license or permit.
Gallo Information

Mercer county, n.J., man sentenced to 30 years in prison for robbing the same bank twice, carjacking a car and shooting two people
Jeffrey Garrett, a Mercer County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for robbing a bank and returning nine months later to rob the same bank, carjacking a vehicle and shooting two people in the course of that conduct.

February 27, 2013

philadelphia man sentenced to 12 months in prison for role in forging u.S. postal service money orders
Yacouba Magadji, a Philadelphia man was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for his role in a conspiracy to forge U.S. Postal Service money orders.

Two admit mortgage fraud conspiracy and money laundering
Timothy Ricks, a former property manager admitted today to conspiring to defraud financial institutions and launder stolen funds as part of a $15 million mortgage fraud scam that used phony documents and “straw buyers” to make illegal profits on overbuilt condos. Last week, Orlando Allen, a Georgia man also admitted to conspiring to defraud financial institutions and launder stolen funds as part of the same scam.
Ricks, Timothy Et Al. Superseding Indictment

Former trenton, n.J., city employee admits involvement in corruption and narcotics conspiracies
Charles Hall III, a former Trenton city employee today admitted his participation in a bribery scheme involving Trenton Mayor Tony F. Mack, the mayor’s brother, Ralphiel Mack, and close associate, Joseph A. “JoJo” Giorgianni.
Hall Information

middlesex county, n.J., man charged with trafficking in counterfeit male enhancement pills and money laundering
Shuja Ali, Syed, a Middlesex County, N.J. man was charged today with trafficking in counterfeit male enhancement supplements imported from China and with laundering proceeds of more than $1 million.
Syed Complaint

February 26, 2013

middlesex county, n.J., man admits tax evasion and concealing $1.2M in income in undeclared indian bank accounts
Sameer Gupta, a Middlesex County, N.J., man who co-owns and operates a wholesale adult paraphernalia business in New York City today admitted concealing more than a million dollars in income in various domestic and foreign bank accounts.
Gupta Information

Owner of ocean county, n.J., architectural firm admits submitting false corporate returns
Pravin H. Patel, the owner of an Ocean County, N.J. architectural and engineering firm today admitted filing fraudulent tax returns on behalf of his firm.
Patel Information

February 22, 2013

Middlesex county, N.J., man charged with production and distribution of child pornography
Kenneth Christensen, a Middlesex County, N.J., man was arrested today for allegedly producing and distributing numerous images of child pornography, some taken in his own bedroom.
Christensen Complaint

Middlesex county, nJ, man sentenced to 18 months in prison for attempted escape from hospital while in federal custody
Joseph Vitale, a Middlesex County, N.J., man who was in custody awaiting a hearing for allegedly violating conditions of his federal supervised release was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for attempting to flee from a Trenton hospital.

February 21, 2013

Burlington county, n.J., man sentenced to 18 months in prison for defrauding charity
Sean J. Smith, the director of operations at a warehouse for a non-profit organization was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for defrauding the charity of $101,927.

Newark man admits role in scheme to steal checks from u.S. mail
Kurtis Steele, a Newark man today admitted his role in a scheme to gain access to personal checks from the U.S. mail, fraudulently endorse and deposit them into personal checking accounts.
Steele Information

February 20, 2013

essex county, n.J., man sentenced to 130 months in prison for armed carjacking
Alhakim Young, an Essex County man was sentenced today to 130 months in prison for his role in an armed carjacking in Elizabeth, N.J., on Jan. 25, 2011.

February 19, 2013

Former south plainfield, n.J., police captain charged with sexually exploiting a minor
Michael Grennier, a former South Plainfield, N.J., police captain is charged with the sexual exploitation of a minor female after enticing the girl to live-stream sexually explicit acts via the Internet.
Grennier Complaint

February 15, 2013

essex county, n.J., man sentenced to 118 months in prison for armed carjacking
Jermaine May, an Essex County man was sentenced today to 118 months in prison for his role in an armed carjacking in Elizabeth, N.J., on Jan. 25, 2011.

February 14, 2013

morris county, n.J., man sentenced to 41 months in prison for possession of child pornography
Steve Goni, a Morris County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 41months in prison for possessing child pornography on two laptop computers at his residence.

Irvington, n. j. tax preparer arraigned on charges of preparing and filing false tax returns
Alicia Jones, an Irvington, N.J. tax preparer was arraigned today for allegedly preparing false tax returns designed to get her clients larger returns than they were entitled to.
Jones Indictment

Cardiologist admits taking cash kickbacks for patient referrals
Shashi Agarwal, an Edison cardiologist today admitted referring patients for diagnostic testing in exchange for cash kickbacks as part of a cash-for-patients scheme with a diagnostic facility in Orange.
Agarwal Information

Three brooklyn, n.Y., men arrested for armed robberies of new Jersey t-mobile stores
Three Brooklyn, N.Y, men were arrested today by agents of the FBI in connection with two armed robberies of T-Mobile stores in Linden, N.J., and Woodbridge, N.J.
McQueen Et. Al. Complaint

February 13, 2013

President of bogus foreclosure rescue company involved in mortgage fraud pleads guilty
Vito C. Grippo, an Ocean County man today admitted his role in a mortgage loan fraud scheme that succeeded in obtaining $4.4 million in mortgage loans while masquerading as a foreclosure rescue operation based in Holmdel, N.J.
Grippo Indictment

Members of rhino smuggling ring arrested and charged
Three people have been charged this week in Newark, Miami and New York City with wildlife smuggling and related charges for their alleged roles in an international rhino horn smuggling ring, the Department of Justice announced today. The arrests and charges are the result of “Operation Crash,” a nationwide effort led by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute those involved in the black market trade of endangered rhinoceros horns.
Li Indictment

New jersey doctor sentenced to five months in prison for taking cash kickbacks for medicare and medicaid patient referrals
Dov Rand, a New Jersey doctor practicing in West Orange was sentenced today to five months in prison and five months of home confinement for his role in a payment-for-patients scheme in which he took envelopes of cash in exchange for making patient referrals.

Union county, n.J., bank employee sentenced to 37 months in prison for conspiracy to commit bank robbery
Jelani Bustamonte, a Union County, N.J., man employed by the Westfield, N.J., branch of TD Bank was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for his role in a plan to rob the bank.

camden man sentenced to 20 years in prison for role in cocaine distribution conspiracy
Jeffrey Jones, one of the leaders of a large-scale conspiracy to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and crack cocaine in Camden was sentenced today to 240 months in prison.

February 11, 2013

former new jersey resident sentenced to four years in prison for role in real estate scam that defrauded family friends
Taya Romano, an Oklahoma woman who formerly lived in Ridgewood, N.J., was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for a scheme to defraud two New Jersey families relating to the purchase, financing, and improvement of real estate in Oklahoma.

Two defendants admit roles in $65 million stolen identity income tax refund fraud scheme
Bennie Haynes and Manuel Rodriguez, two defendants today admitted their roles in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever identified.
Haynes Information
Rodriguez Information

Former newark deputy mayor sentenced to one year in prison for extortion conspiracy
Former Newark, N.J., Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Ronald Salahuddin was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for conspiring to commit extortion by using his official position to steer demolition work to co-defendant Sonnie L. Cooper, a Newark businessman, and obtain contributions to organizations favored by Newark officials.

February 8, 2013

morris county, n.J., man – former police officer – charged with attempting to collect debts by extortion
Stefano Mazzola, a former Passaic police officer and organized crime associate from Morris County, N.J., appeared in Newark federal court today on charges he attempted to collect a debt by extortion.
Mazzola Complaint

Alleged fugitive for three years makes initial court appearance
Kujtim Lika, a former Passaic County man who had been a fugitive since being charged in 2009 with multiple crimes in connection with an investigation into several loosely connected Balkan criminal enterprises operating throughout New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Canada, and the Netherlands made his initial court appearance today.

February 7, 2013

Two lawyers admit structuring $354,000 into their attorney trust account
Goldie Sommer and Edward Engelhart, two lawyers with a Fairfield, N.J., law firm today admitted they structured $354,000 in client funds into their attorney accounts to avoid currency reporting requirements.
Sommer Information
Engelhart Information

ohio woman charged with making false accusations and fabricating evidence
Debbie Shank Morgan, an Ohio woman who claims she investigates labor unions on behalf of attorneys was arrested today and charged by Complaint with making false accusations against former officers of an international labor union, falsely claiming she was the victim of a shooting, and fabricating evidence to support her false allegations.
Morgan Complaint

Former new jersey corrections officer sentenced to 30 months in prison for extortion
Jermel Brown, a former senior corrections officer with the N.J. Department of Corrections (NJDOC) was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for using his official position to smuggle contraband to a prisoner in the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Yardville, N.J., (Yardville Prison) in exchange for $12,000.

Albanian national admits robbing two TD banks in passaic and bergen counties
Shpend Mazari, an Albanian national who was living in Clifton, N.J., admitted in federal court today to robbing two TD Bank branches while armed with a gun in late 2011.
Mazari Information

Eleven people arrested in large-Scale medicaid fraud scheme
Federal and state agents this morning arrested 11 people who are charged by Complaint, along with two corporations, in connection with a large-scale scheme to defraud the Medicaid program of millions of dollars.
HHCH Health Care Complaint

February 6, 2013

Former international longshoreman’s union official admits stealing union funds
Gregory Taylor, the former secretary-treasurer of a Newark union today admitted embezzling $71,000 from Local 1233 of the International Longshoreman’s Association.
Taylor Indictment

union county, n.J., man indicted for distributing child sexual abuse images over the internet
Carl Tullis Sr., a Union County, N.J., man was indicted today by a federal grand jury for possessing and distributing over the Internet images depicting child sex abuse.
Tullis Indictment

Former mortgage broker and bank officer charged with conspiring to commit bank fraud
James Cockinos, a former mortgage broker and bank officer from Bergen County, N.J., was arrested this morning for allegedly conspiring to commit bank fraud to secure a $1.5 million residential loan.
Cockinos Complaint

February 5, 2013

essex county, n.J., woman admits lying in federal court
Debora Medeiros Da Silva, an Essex County, N.J., woman today admitted to committing perjury while testifying in a federal trial.
Da Silva Information

Hunterdon county, n.J., landscaper admits under-Reporting $1.38M in income
Paul Robinson, a Hunterdon County man who owns and operates P.H. Robinson Design and Landscaping Company Inc. (“P.H. Design”) today admitted under-reporting $1.38 million in money paid to his business by customers.
Robinson Information

Eighteen people charged in international, $200 million Credit card fraud scam
Federal agents in four states arrested 13 people today for allegedly creating thousands of phony identities to steal at least $200 million in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Department of Justice.
Qureshi et. al. Criminal Complaint

February 4, 2013


New york man admits his role in large-Scale identity theft ring and tax evasion
Young-Woo Ji, a New York man today admitted his role in a large scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme.
Ji Information

Multimillion-Dollar real estate ponzi schemer admits securities fraud and money laundering
David Connolly, a Somerset County, N.J., man pleaded guilty today to one count of securities fraud and one count of money laundering, admitting that he defrauded victims of an investment scheme by misusing their capital contributions and misrepresenting the performance of their investments.
Connolly Superseding Indictment

February 1, 2013

Former jersey city public school teacher admits preparing false tax returns, tax evasion
Elijah Washington, Jr., a Hudson County, N.J., man who worked as a tax preparer admitted today that he filed falsified returns on behalf of his clients, and also failed to report his own income.
Washington Indictment

January 2013

January 31, 2013

Woodland park, n.J. man admits scheme to defraud more than 17 Charities and Non-Profit organizations
Gregory Ciccone, the owner and president of GAC Consulting Group LLC (“GAC”) today admitted his role in a scheme to defraud at least 17 charities and non-profit organizations, costing them more than $750,000 in losses.
Ciccone Superseding Indictment

Business owner admits orchestrating $3 million bank fraud
Richard Rekuc, the owner of a Phillipsburg, N.J., luggage manufacturing company admitted today that he defrauded the Lakeland Bank of Oak Ridge, N.J., of $3 million.
Rekuc Information

health care practitioner sentenced to six months in prison, six months home detention, for accepting cash kickbacks for patient referrals
Daisy Deguzman, a New Jersey doctor who practiced in Newark, today was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home detention for her role in a cash-for-patients scheme with a diagnostic facility in Orange, N.J.

former nFL player sentenced to seven months in prison for failure to file tax return
William James, a former National Football League player who formerly resided in Passaic County was sentenced today to seven months in prison for failing to file a federal income tax return.

Four charged in $15 million mortgage fraud scheme
Four individuals from New Jersey were taken into custody today for their alleged roles in a $15 million mortgage fraud scheme on an Indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Jan. 30, 2013.
Diantonio, Fredric Et Al. Indictment

new york doctor admits oxycodone distribution and conspiracy
Dr. Hassan Lahham, a physician who wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone today admitted his participation in a conspiracy to illegally distribute the medication, and admitted that he distributed it on numerous occasions.
Lahham Indictment

former camden police officer sentenced to 46 months in prison for conspiracy to deprive others of civil rights
Jason Stetser, a former Camden police officer was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for conspiring with fellow officers to deprive others of their civil rights.

January 30, 2013

Bergen county, n.J., man admits his role in large-Scale identity theft ring and tax evasion
Sang-Kyu Seo, a Bergen County man today admitted his role in a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme.
Seo Information

union county, n.J., woman admits serving as the getaway driver during a middlesex, n.J. bank robbery
Teresa Webb, a Union County, N.J., woman today admitted serving as the getaway driver during the July 12, 2012, bank robbery of Unity Bank located at 1230 Bound Brook Road (Route 28) in Middlesex, N.J.
Webb Information

former employee of timeshare consulting firm pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy
Eric Reilly, a former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC admitted today to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties.

ocean county, n.J., woman admits bankruptcy fraud
Marjorie Parise, an Ocean County, N.J., woman today admitted concealing from a bankruptcy trustee profits she had made on a Ponzi scheme investment.
Parise Indictment

atlantic county, n.J., man sentenced to 151 months in prison for bank robbery
Larry Patrick Kearns, an Atlantic County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 151 months in prison for robbing Wells Fargo Bank in Atlantic City, N.J., and Sun National Bank in Ventnor, N.J., on Jan. 12, 2012.

January 29, 2013

Federal jury convicts newark, n.J., man of illegal firearm/Drug possession
Jimmil Henderson, a Newark, N.J., man was convicted by a federal jury today of possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and unlawful possession of a loaded handgun by a convicted felon.
Henderson Superseding Indictment

Former dockworker sentenced to 30 months in prison for extortion conspiracy involving christmastime tribute payments
Edward Aulisi, a former International Longshoremen’s Association (“ILA”) member was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for conspiring to extort ILA Local 1235 longshoremen on the New Jersey piers for Christmastime tribute payments.

Bergen county, n.J., man pleads guilty to conspiring with brother to violate the federal election campaign act
Benedetto Bigica, a Bergen County man admitted today to conspiring with his brother to violate federal election law in connection with contributions to a federal campaign committee.
Bigica Information

Essex county, n.J., man indicted for using stolen identities to obtain tax refund checks
Hakeem Awe, an Essex County, N.J., man was indicted today by a federal grand jury for using stolen identities to file false tax returns and obtain more than $1 million in tax refund checks.
Awe Indictment

January 25, 2013

former global wealth management firm employee arrested on insider trading charges
Kevin Dowd, an employee of a global wealth management firm (identified only as “Brokerage Firm A”) was arrested at his home this morning on insider trading charges related to Gilead Sciences Inc.’s $11 billion acquisition of New Jersey-based Pharmasset Inc., New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Dowd Complaint

January 24, 2013

Major new jersey hospital pays $12.5 million to resolve kickback allegations
The Cooper Health System has agreed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the State of New Jersey to pay $12.6 million to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act and New Jersey False Claims Act by making improper payments to physicians under so-called “consulting” and “compensation” agreements as it sought to build its cardiology program.
Cooper Health Settlement Agreement
Cooper, Signed Order

Ten charged in superseding indictment in time share mortgage fraud scheme
A federal grand jury for the District of New Jersey, sitting in Camden, has returned a 44-count Superseding Indictment against six individuals from southern New Jersey and four others for their alleged roles in a $3 million mail and wire fraud conspiracy involving time share mortgages.
Lacerda, Adam Et Al. Superseding Indictment

Nine charged in $10 million mortgage fraud scheme
Nine people involved in a long-running, large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused losses of approximately $10 million were charged in two Complaints with conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Coutinho, Delio et al. Complaint
Chemidlin, Paul et al. Complaint

January 23, 2013

Essex county, n.J., man charged in union county carjacking
Larry Brown, an Essex County, N.J., man appeared in Newark federal court today in connection with charges arising out of a carjacking that occurred in December 2012 in Union County.
Brown Complaint

Monmouth county, n.J., man sentenced to 78 months in prison for possession of child pornography
Danial Hillman, a Monmouth County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for possessing child pornography on his computer, including violent video images.

January 22, 2013

Essex county, n.J., man sentenced to 207 months in prison for robbing 10 banks
Maurice Richardson, an Essex County, N.J., man was sentenced to 207 months in prison for federal bank robbery charges and discharge of a firearm in connection with bank robbery.

Essex county, n.J., man arrested for stealing oxycodone from manufacturing facility
Edwin Hernandez, an Essex County, N.J., man who worked at a facility in Elizabeth, N.J., that manufactured oxycodone was arrested this morning for stealing more than 8,500 pills from the facility.
Hernandez Complaint

January 17, 2013

Hudson county, n.J., man indicted for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet
Jonathan Martin, a Hudson County, N.J., man was charged today in an Indictment with one count each of possessing and distributing images of child sex abuse over the Internet.
Martin Indictment

Member of multi-State pharmaceutical theft scheme admits possession and sale of stolen goods
Reynaldo Tapanes, a Florida man today admitted his role in conspiring to possess a stolen interstate shipment of prescription respiratory medicine manufactured by a subsidiary of Mylan Inc., that was stolen while on route by tractor-trailer from Texas to a customer in Florida.
Tapanes Information

Former employee of concrete and material company pleads guilty to tax evasion
Nancy Armienti, a former employee of Atlantic County Concrete and Material Co. admitted today evading federal income taxes on nearly $700,000 she received in 2008.
Armienti Information

January 16, 2013

Hudson county, n.J., pediatrician charged with fraudulently billing medicaid for nearly $1 million
Badawy M. Badawy, a Hudson County, N.J., pediatrician was arrested at his home this morning for fraudulently billing Medicaid $900,000 for wound-repair treatments on children that were never rendered.
Badawy Complaint

January 15, 2013

Drug trafficker pleads guilty to conspiracy to launder drug proceeds, distribution of cocaine
Edgar Bracamonte, a California man today admitted his role in a drug trafficking organization from which the government has seized $4.6 million and intercepted 89 kilograms of cocaine.
Bracamonte Information

January 14, 2013

Former citibank employee convicted for stealing and hiding more than $1.3 million from wall street titan william salomon
Karen Febles, a former Citibank employee was convicted today of stealing more than $1.3 million from William Salomon, a 98-year-old former managing partner of Salomon Brothers, which was later acquired by Citibank.

Camden county, n.J., man admits illegal sale of 14 guns
Eric J. Reed, a Camden County, N.J., man today admitted selling guns without a license and illegally possessing firearms.

former jersey city health & human services assistant director and zoning official sentenced to 30 months in prison
Former Jersey City Health & Human Services Assistant Director and zoning official Maher A. Khalil was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiring to commit extortion.

two essex county, n.J., men charged with carjacking
Sharod Culp, one of two Essex County, N.J., men arrested in connection with a gunpoint carjacking in March 2012, is expected to make his initial appearances in court today.
Culp, Sharod Et. Al. Complaint

two newark, n.J., men charged with armed robbery
Charles Madison and Antonio Moore are expected to appear in federal court this afternoon after being charged with armed robbery of the Golden Palace jewelry store in Orange, N.J.
Madison, Charles Et. Al. Complaint

January 11, 2013

bergen county, n.J., man convicted of distributing, receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse
Martin J. Villalobos, a Bergen County, N.J., man was convicted today of two counts of distribution of child pornography, two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

ocean county, n.J., man pleads guilty to distributing infant child pornography
Arthur Frazer, an Ocean County, N.J., man today admitted using a computer in his home to distribute images of child pornography, including images of infants.
Frazer Information

Contractor sentenced to six months’ home confinement for violating clean air act in asbestos removal job
Vele Bozinoski, a Bergen County, N.J., man was sentenced today to three years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for conspiring to violate the federal Clean Air Act by improperly removing asbestos from a building.

January 9, 2013

Queens, n.Y., man sentenced to 210 months in prison for role in new jersey heroin distribution conspiracy
Ronald Burnell Bassett, a St. Albans, N.Y., man was sentenced today to 210 months in prison for his involvement in a scheme to distribute heroin in and through New Jersey.

Camden county, n.J., man admits conspiring to distribute 13 kilograms of cocaine
Jamal Herrin, a Camden County, N.J. man today admitted attempting to purchase 13 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in and through New Jersey.
Herrin Information

Newark man sentenced to 150 months in prison for carjacking and related crimes
Jirrod Parker, a Newark man was sentenced today to 150 months in prison for his role in an April 2011 carjacking of a victim at gunpoint in Elizabeth, N.J.

January 8, 2013

Monmouth county, n.J., heating and air conditioning operator sentenced to five months in prison for tax evasion
Mark Trawinski, a Monmouth County man who owned several air conditioning businesses was sentenced today to five months in prison and five months house arrest for evading payment of taxes and penalties over several years.

Newark man sentenced to 66 months in prison for unlawful possession of a semiautomatic pistol
Clarence Noel, a Newark man with prior felony convictions was sentenced today to 66 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a semiautomatic pistol.

Former pennsville, n.J., police officer pleads guilty to obstructing child pornography investigation
Robert Waterman, a former Pennsville, N.J., police officer today admitted obstructing the FBI’s investigation of his alleged possession of child pornography.
Waterman Indictment

January 7, 2013

Hudson county, n.J., teacher charged with distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet
Guy West, a permanent substitute teacher at a private school in Jersey City was arrested today after law enforcement officers discovered alleged child pornography on a computer at his residence.
West Complaint

Attorney arrested in connection with $30 million mortgage fraud scheme
Michael Rumore, an attorney formerly licensed in New Jersey was arrested this morning in connection with a long-running, large-scale mortgage fraud scheme which caused losses of more than $30 million.
Rumore Complaint

Owners of charter fishing and river cruising boat companies sentenced to prison, probation, for tax evasion
William H. Bogan Sr., and Sharon Bogan, a father and daughter who own and operate Bogan’s Deep Sea Fishing Center in Brielle, N.J., were sentenced today for failing to report or pay income taxes on a large portion of the money they took in while running their business.

Hunterdon county, n.J., man indicted for social security disability fraud
David M. Disney, a Hunterdon County, N.J., man who previously owned his own private detective firm was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with conspiring to commit Social Security disability fraud.
Disney Indictment

somerset county, n.J., man pleads guilty to concealing income from undeclared swiss and indian bank accounts
Sanjay Sethi, a Somerset County, N.J., man today admitted using corporations in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands to conceal hundreds of thousands of dollars he held in secret bank accounts in Switzerland and India.
Sethi Information

January 4, 2013

former new jersey law firm employee sentenced to 21 months in prison for stealing more than $500,000 from law firm
Sharon Wetter, the former bookkeeper of a law firm based in Ocean County, N.J., was sentenced to 21 months for defrauding her former employer by stealing more than $500,000 from the firm.

Ocean county, n.J., man sentenced to 22 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography
Dwayne Tucker, an Ocean County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 22 years in prison for taking pornographic pictures of two minors, ages 6 and 3, in Pennsylvania, and distributing those pictures to other individuals between 2008 and 2010.

medical assistant pleads guilty to conspiracy to bill medicare for unlicensed physician’s services
Mario Roncal, a medical assistant at a pair of large medical services companies with offices in New Jersey and New York admitted today to conspiring with the companies’ chief executive officer to defraud Medicare over a four-year period by performing illegal, unlicensed physicians’ services for patients.
Roncal Indictment

Founder and president of venture development associates inc. sentenced to 15 months in prison for wire fraud
Michael Peniston, the founder and president of Venture Development Associates Inc. (“VDA”), a Farmingdale, N.J., company that presents itself as a provider of corporate financing, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for defrauding an Illinois man out of nearly $50,000.

January 3, 2013

Two essex county, n.J., men charged in connection with stealing three cars in one day
Two Essex County, N.J., men, Louis Homes and Rosendo Perez, appeared in Newark federal court today in connection with charges arising out of three carjackings that occurred on the same day in March 2012 in Essex and Hudson counties.
Holmes et. al. Complaint

Leader of multi-Million dollar real estate fraud scheme pleads guilty to fraud and money laundering
Eliyahu Weinstein, an Ocean County, N.J., man today admitted that he ran a real estate investment fraud scheme that caused $200 million in losses and then laundered the proceeds of the scheme.
Weinstein Indictment

Former high-Ranking n.J. department of corrections official sentenced to 46 months in prison for extortion
Lydell B. Sherrer, a former deputy commissioner of the N.J. Department of Corrections (“NJDOC”), was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for attempting to obtain $10,000 from an employee in exchange for securing that person’s continued employment with the department or its private contractor.

Brooklyn, n.Y., man sentenced to a year in prison for operating illegal money transmitting business
David Goldhirsh, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man who operated a charitable organization was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison for his role in a money laundering conspiracy.

January 2, 2013

morris county, n.J., man admits distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet
Khalil Survey, a Morris County, N.J., man today admitted possessing and distributing over the Internet images of child sexual abuse.
Survey Indictment

 

 

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