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July 2014

July 31, 2014
Hudson County, N.J., Man Indicted For Robbery Spree In Bergen And Hudson Counties
Gary Bohanan, a Hudson County, New Jersey man, was indicted today in connection with his alleged role in an armed robbery spree of banks and commercial establishments in Bergen and Hudson counties in July 2013.
Bohanan, Gary Superseding Indictment
Feliu, Angel Superseding Information

Staten Island Woman Admits Role In $65 Million Stolen Identity Income Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
Elian Matlovsky, a Staten Island, New York woman, today admitted her role in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever identified, in which more than 8,000 fraudulent U.S. income tax returns sought more than $65 million in tax refunds and resulted in losses to the United States of more than $12 million.
Matlovsky, Elian Information

July 30, 2014
Bergen County Man Arrested, Charged With Distributing Sexually Explicit Images of Children
Federal agents arrested Robert Miller, a Bergen County, New Jersey man, this morning on a charge that he distributed sexually explicit images of children from his home computer.
Miller, Robert Complaint

Three Hudson County, New Jersey, Men Admit Racketeering Conspiracy Related To Illegal Online Gambling Enterprise
Mark A. Sanzo, Robert J. Scerbo, and William A. Bruder, three men from Hudson County, New Jersey, today admitted conspiring with a criminal enterprise that engaged in illegal online sports betting in New Jersey and elsewhere. 
Sanzo, Mark Information
Scerbo, Robert Information
Bruder, William Information

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced To 33 Months In Prison For Role In $65 Million Stolen Identity Income Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
Michael Senatore, a Moscow, Pennsylvania man, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for his role in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever identified.

Former Director Of Pop Warner Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From The Organization
David Marshall, the former regional director of the Eastern Region of Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. (Pop Warner), was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization and using the funds for his personal benefit.

Newark Man Sentenced To More Than 18 Years In Prison For 14 Armed Robberies Of New Jersey Stores
Jamar Darby, a Newark man, was sentenced today to 225 months in prison for committing 14 armed robberies of commercial establishments throughout Union, Essex, Hudson and Bergen counties.

Essex County, N.J., Man Charged With Distributing Sexually Explicit Images of Children
Special agents of the FBI arrested Paul J. Spisto, a Bloomfield Township, New Jersey man, this morning on charges that he distributed sexually explicit images of children from his home computer.
Spisto, Paul Complaint

July 29, 2014
Owner And Employee Of Illegal Online Gambling Website Admit Conspiring With Genovese Organized Crime Family
Joseph Graziano and Dominick J. Barone, two Union County, New Jersey, men, including the owner of an illegal online sports betting website, today admitted to conspiring with the Genovese organized crime family.
Graziano, Joseph Information
Barone, Dominick Information

Real Estate Developer Admits Diverting Money From Trenton Affordable Housing Projects
Robert Kahan, the developer of three Trenton affordable housing projects, admitted today that he made false statements to a financial institution to divert project money for personal and other unauthorized purposes, and to conducting a transaction with the proceeds of this crime.
Kahan, Robert Indictment

Ohio Woman Admits Creating Fictitious Evidence to Obstruct a Federal Investigation
Debbie Shank Morgan, an Ohio woman who claimed she investigates labor unions on behalf of attorneys, admitted her role today in impeding a federal investigation.
Morgan, Debbie Shank Information

Bergen County, N.J., Couple Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding Mortgage Lenders For Over $3 Million
Linda Yarleque and Fabio Moreno Vargas, a husband and wife from Bergen County, New Jersey, were both sentenced today to prison for lying about their employment, income, and other financial information in order to fraudulently obtain millions in mortgages.

Vending Machine Company Executive Who Provided False IRS Forms To Pepsi Sentenced To Six Months In Prison, Six Months’ Home Confinement
Joseph Belasco, the former principal of a New Jersey vending company, was sentenced today to six months in prison, six months of home confinement and agreed to pay restitution of $1 million to the Pepsi Bottling Group for his role in a tax fraud scheme.

Ringleader Of Tax Refund Check Scam Admits $2.6 Million Conspiracy
Raymundo Hernandez, the ringleader of a conspiracy to steal income tax refund checks issued by the United States, today admitted his role in the scheme, which led to the theft of more than $2.6 million from the government.
Hernandez, Raymundo Information

July 25, 2014
Former Princeton, N.J., Youth Soccer Coach Admits Possessing Images of Sexually Exploited Children
Jorge A. Roman, a former Princeton, New Jersey, youth soccer coach admitted today that he possessed images of child sexual abuse.
Roman Information

July 23, 2014
Federal Official Arrested, Charged with Self-Dealing Federal Grants to New Jersey Universities
Lawrence F. Cullari Jr., the Assistant Division Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New Jersey Division, was arrested this morning for allegedly using a straw company to get FHWA grant funds he also oversaw as a public official, and for falsifying related federal disclosure documents.
Cullari, Lawrence Complaint

Hudson County, N.J., man charged with production and distribution of child pornography
Erik Vanderbeck, a Hudson County, New Jersey, man was charged today for allegedly posing as a teenage boy to solicit underage females online to produce images of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct and then distributing those images to others.
Vanderbeck, Erik Complaint

July 22, 2014
‘Enforcer’ For Atlantic City ‘Dirty Block’ Gang Sentenced To 151 Months In Prison For Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy
Shaamel Spencer, an Atlantic City, New Jersey man, was sentenced today to 151 months in prison for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute heroin with a criminal street gang - the “Dirty Block” - which used threats, intimidation and violence to maintain control of the city’s illegal drug trade.

Unlicensed Real Estate Appraiser Admits Role In Mortgage Fraud Scheme, Drug Possession And Distribution
Paul Chemidlin, a Monmouth County, New Jersey man, today admitted his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme as well as distribution and possession with the intent to distribute Methylone.
Chemidlin, Paul Information

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with City of Newark, New Jersey, To address unconstitutional policing in Newark Police department
The Justice Department today announced it has reached an agreement with the city of Newark, New Jersey, to address a pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department (NPD). 
Agreement in Principle
NPD Fact Sheet
NPD Findings Report

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by u.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman On the Results of the Investigation into the Newark Police Department

July 21, 2014
Newark, N.J., Man pleads Guilty to 11 Armed Robberies in Essex and Hudson Counties
Christopher Mojica, a Newark man today admitted his role in a series of 11 robberies in Newark, Harrison and Jersey City between September 2012 and April 2013.
Mojica Information

Former Financial Advisor From Gloucester County, N.J., Pleads Guilty to $900,000 Investment Fraud
John Montague, a former financial advisor from Mantua, New Jersey, admitted today to defrauding his clients of more than $900,000 by diverting their investment checks for his personal use.
Montague Information

July 18, 2014
Former Employee of Timeshare Consulting Firm Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Fraud Conspiracy
Eric Reilly, a former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution for conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties.

July 17, 2014
Newark Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Three Armed carjackings
Louis Holmes, a Newark man was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for his role in three armed carjackings that occurred in one day in Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey.

Members of Violent Bloods Street Gang Charged with Murder and other racketeering offenses
Four alleged members of Sex Money Murder, a subset of the Bloods street gang, were indicated by a federal grand jury today on charges of murder, attempted murder, racketeering, robbery, weapons offenses and drug distribution.
Wilson, Narik et al. Superseding Indictment

National and International Leadership of MS-13 Indicted in New Jersey for Racketeering Conspiracy
A dozen top-ranking members of the violent international street gang “Mara Salvatrucha” (MS-13) — including the California man claiming control over the gang’s United States operations — are charged by indictment with racketeering, drug trafficking and related crimes.
Rodriguez-Juarez, Jose Juan et al. Indictment

July 16, 2014
Cape May County, N.J., man Charged with receiving images of child sexual abuse via instagram
Jeffrey Spicer, a Cape May County, New Jersey man was arrested today by special agents U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), on charges he received images of child sexual abuse over the Internet using his cellphone.
Spicer Complaint

July 15, 2014
Essex County, N.J., Tax Preparer Admits To Tax Fraud That Caused More Than $99,000 Loss
Daidry Montanez, a Bloomfield, New Jersey, woman who operated a tax return preparation business, admitted today that she caused at least 37 fraudulent income tax returns to be filed with the IRS, causing a total tax loss of $99,864 to the United States.
Montanez, Daidry Information

New york doctor admits taking bribes in test-Referrals scheme with new jersey clinical lab
Peter Deplas, a doctor with a New York practice admitted today to accepting more than $100,000 in exchange for test referrals as part of a massive bribery scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) of Parsippany, New Jersey, its president and numerous associates.
Deplas Information

July 14, 2014
Essex county, N.J., man convicted of brandishing Weapon during carjacking
Ivan Lee, an Essex County, New Jersey man who previously admitted his role in an armed carjacking in Little Falls, New Jersey, was convicted today for brandishing a shotgun while committing that crime.

Middlesex County, N.J., Woman Pleads Guilty to sexually exploiting a minor
Jane Dornick, a Middlesex County, New Jersey, woman admitted today to sexually exploiting a minor female by coercing the girl to live stream sexually explicit acts via the Internet.
Dornick Indictment

July 10, 2014
Suffolk county, N.Y. man sentenced to 42 months in prison for stealing oxycodone from manufacturing facility
Edwin Hernandez, a Suffolk County, New York, man who worked at a facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that manufactured oxycodone was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for stealing more than 70,000 pills from the facility.

Former wells fargo loan officer sentenced to two years in prison for role in $40.8 million mortgage fraud scheme
Robert Serao, an Ocean County, New Jersey, man who used his position as a loan officer of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Inc., to get the company to release more than $4.6 million on fraudulent mortgage loan applications was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud conspiracy.

Head Pharmacist of West Orange Pharmacy Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Selling Oxycodone without prescriptions
Leonard "Lenny" Stefanelli, the former pharmacist in charge of West Orange Pharmacy was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for illegally distributing hundreds of tablets of oxycontin in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash.

July 9, 2014
Two Men Involved in Atlantic City Kidnapping and Murder Case Sentenced to Prison
Aziz Sanders and DeShawn Hicks, two Atlantic City, N.J., residents were sentenced to prison today for their roles in the kidnapping and death of a 20-year-old Atlantic City woman.

July 8, 2014
Morris County, N.J., Man Admits Defrauding Investers Of $500,000 Through Phony Investment Scheme
Peter Lareau, a Morris County, N.J., man, today admitted he fraudulently obtained $500,000 by promising investors favorable returns and that funds would be used to finance educational television programming for teenage audiences.
Lareau, Peter Information

July 7, 2014

Former N.J. Lawyer Admits $40.8 Million mortgage fraud scheme
Joseph Witkowski, a former N.J. lawyer today admitted he conspired to participate in a scheme that caused lenders to release $40.8 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications and conspired to launder the proceeds of the fraud.
Witkowski, Joseph et al. Indictment

Cedar Grove, n.J. doctor sentenced to two years in prison for accepting bribes for test referrals to clinical laboratory
Dennis Aponte, a Cedar Grove, N.J., doctor was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for accepting 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.

Owner of n.J. Accounting business charged with nearly $1 million fraud on her clients and the u.S. government
Doreen Gentile, an accountant from Toms River, N.J., was arrested today by special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation and the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General (SSA OIG), on charges she allegedly stole $905,000 from client tax refunds and social security benefits.
Gentile, Doreen Indictment

July 3, 2014
Member and Associate of Lucchese Organized Crime Family Convicted of Racketeering and Other Crimes
Nicodemo S. Scarfo, a member and an associate of the Lucchese organized crime family and two Texas brothers were convicted today of racketeering and other charges after a six-month trial.


June 2014

June 30, 2014
Essex County, N.J., Man Charged With Armed Robbery of Irvington Bank
Karim Brunson, an Essex County, N.J., man made his initial court appearance today on charges of bank robbery in connection with an attempt to rob a bank in Irvington, N.J.
Brunson, Karim Complaint

June 27, 2014
South Carolina man charged with tampering with witnesses in federal trial
Dennis Nadeau, a South Carolina man was arrested today and charged with tampering with witnesses in a federal criminal trial that concluded last September.
Nadeau, Dennis Complaint

June 26, 2014
Warren County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse Over The Internet
Kevin Rease, a registered sex offender who was formerly employed at a law office in Paterson, N.J., was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.

Bergen County, N.J., Man Admits Receiving Images Of Child Sexual Abuse Over The Internet
Joshua Babilonia, a Bergen County, N.J., man, admitted today that he downloaded images and videos depicting child sexual abuse on a computer at his parents' house.
Babilonia, Joshua Information

Monmouth County, N.J., Doctor Indicted On Oxycodone Distribution Conspiracy, Money Laundering And Tax Charges
Dr. Paul DiLorenzo, a Monmouth County, N.J., doctor who allegedly wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone, was indicted on charges that he participated in a conspiracy to illegally distribute the medication, laundered money and failed to pay taxes.
DiLorenzo, Paul Superseding Indictment

June 24, 2014
Georgia Man Admits Defrauding Investors Out Of More Than $800,000
Ronnie Singleton, a Georgia business owner who held himself out to be an investor and loan broker, admitted his role in defrauding investors of more than $800,000.
Singleton, Ronnie Indictment

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Stealing More Than 900 Pieces Of Verizon Wireless Merchandise
James Hopkins, a Pennsylvania man, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for misappropriating over 900 cellular telephones, handheld devices and accessories belonging to Verizon Wireless and selling those items online for a profit.

Burlington County, N.J., Man Charged With Bank Fraud For Running Multi-Million Dollar Check-Kiting Scheme
Luis G. Rogers Sr., a Burlington County, N.J., man, was arrested this morning for allegedly orchestrating a large scale check-kiting scheme that caused $8.8 million in losses to three banks in New Jersey.
Rogers, Luis Complaint

June 23, 2014
Leader of Largest counterfeit goods conspiracy ever charged sentenced to 10 years in prison
Hai Dong Jiang, one of the leaders of a massive, international counterfeit goods conspiracy was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in the scheme.
Dong Jiang, Hai Plea Agreement

Mercer County, N.J., Man Admits Robbery Conspiracy
Felix M. Lugo, a Mercer County, N.J., man today admitted his role in the March 2013 robbery of a commercial establishment.
Lugo, Felix Information

New jersey u.S. Attorney files civil suit seeking forfeiture of $1.7 Million seized from new york-Based exporter
The United States filed a civil forfeiture complaint today seeking to forfeit $1,742,289, previously seized from cellular phone wholesale company Cellular Next LLC, which allegedly represents narcotics proceeds laundered through the Black Market Peso Exchange (BMPE).
Cellular Next Complaint

Dominican National Admits Role in $65 Million Stolen Identity Income Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
Alejandro Javier, a Dominican national who was extradited from Canada earlier this year today admitted his role in one of the nation’s largest and longest-running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever identified.
Javier Information

June 20, 2014
Jewelry Store Owner admits role in international, $200 million credit card fraud scheme
Vijay Verma, a New Jersey jewelry store owner who used his business to further one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department today became the 18th conspirator to admit his role in the scheme.
Verma Information

June 19, 2014
Bergen County, N.J., Man Arrested For Defrauding Foreign Nation of More Than $3.5 Million
Bobby Boye, a Bergen County, N.J., man who was re-entering the United States from a trip abroad, was arrested today at Newark International Airport on charges that he allegedly orchestrated a scheme to defraud a foreign nation of more than $3.5 million.
Boye, Bobby Complaint

June 18, 2014

Former Immigration Officer, Postal Worker Charged in takedown of 14-Member interstate methamphetamine distribution ring
Fourteen people — including a former U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer and a U.S. Postal Service worker — have been arrested and charged for their alleged roles in a multi-state drug trafficking ring supplying large quantities of methamphetamine to the Jersey City area.
Freehauf, John et al. Criminal Complaint
Bontempi, Ryan and Taylor, Howard Criminal Complaint

Member of multi-State theft scheme admits selling stolen pharmaceuticals
Martin Lopez, a Miami man today admitted his role in a multi-state conspiracy to possess and sell prescription medication taken from a stolen tractor trailer.
Lopez Information

Jewelry Store Owner Pleads Guilty in International $200 million credit card Fraud conspiracy
Vinod Dadlani, a New Jersey jewelry store owner who used his business to further one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department today admitted his role in the scheme, the 17th conspirator to do so.
Dadlani Information

June 17, 2014
Woman Involved In Kidnapping And Death Of Atlantic City Woman Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison
Shamerria Smith, an Atlantic City, N.J., woman, was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for her role in the kidnapping and death of a 20-year-old Atlantic City woman.

Founder of Ukraine-Based Hardcore Child Sexual Assault website sentenced in New Jersey to 30 years in prison
Maksym Shynkarenko, a Ukrainian man who founded and ran an international hardcore child sexual abuse website was sentenced today to 360 months in prison for his role in a child exploitation enterprise.

June 16, 2014
Casino Owner Sentenced in new Jersey to 46 Months in Prison for Evading Nearly $1.3 million in income taxes from trinidad casino
David Migliore, the owner of several New Jersey businesses was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for evading taxes on income from his ownership of a casino in Trinidad, costing the United States approximately $1.3 million in tax losses.

June 12, 2014
New Jersey Doctor Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Taking Cash Kickbacks For Patient Referrals
Maryam Jafari, a doctor who was convicted at trial of receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison.

Owner Of New Jersey Debit Card Business Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Filing False Tax Returns
Richard Jackowitz, an Orange County, N.Y., man who owned a New Jersey company, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for filing false income tax returns.

Owner Of Defense Contracting Company Charged With Wire Fraud Conspiracy For Providing Nonconforming Parts To Government
Richard Melton, the former president of a Burlington, N.J.-based defense contracting business, was arrested and charged today with allegedly stealing $3 million through fraudulent contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Melton, Richard Complaint


June 11,2014
Michigan woman admits role in $65 million stolen identity income tax refund fraud scheme
Rosa Marmol, a Michigan woman today admitted her role in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever prosecuted.
Marmol Superseding Information

Owner of construction company admits filing false tax returns and underreporting more than $1 million in income
Juan Larino, the owner and operator of Larino Masonry Inc., a construction company based in northern New Jersey, today admitted underreporting more than $1 million diverted from his business for his personal benefit.
Larino Information

Essex County, N.J. Contractor Admits Defrauding Bronx Home Owner
Raymond Norville, an Essex County, N.J. contractor who was paid nearly $100,000 to renovate the home of a Bronx, N.Y., woman, today admitted his role in defrauding her of the money in connection with the remodeling project.
Norville Information

New Jersey Chiropractor Admits Obstructing Health Care Fraud Investigation
Mary Jean Negri, a Sussex County, N.J., chiropractor today admitted destroying patient appointment records sought by federal agents investigating potential billing fraud at her medical office.
Negri Information

June 10,2014
Two Members Of Largest Counterfeit Goods Conspiracy Ever Charged Admit Guilt
Ke Dao Jiang and Wu Lin, two members of a massive, international counterfeit goods conspiracy, today admitted their roles in the scheme.
Jiang, Ke Dao Information
Lin, Wu Information

Nigerian Man Admits Role In Computer Hacking Scheme That Targeted Government Employees
Abiodun Adejohn, a Nigerian man, today admitted his role in a computer hacking and identity theft scheme that defrauded vendors of nearly $1 million of office products after "phishing" e-mail login information from government employees.
Adejohn, Abiodun Information

Newark, N.J., Man Pleads Guilty To Multiple Carjackings
Corey Thermitus, a Newark man, today admitted his role in three gunpoint carjackings and an attempted carjacking within a one-week period and to firing his gun during one of the robberies.
Thermitus, Corey Information

Mercer County, N.J., Woman Admits Paying Bribes And Engaging In Fraud
Donna Doremus, a Mercer County, N.J., woman, today admitted paying bribes to a former Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee who worked as a supervisory engineer at the VA's campus in East Orange, N.J.
Doremus, Donna Information

Newark Man Admits Convenience Store Robbery Spree
Larry McRae, a Newark, N.J., man, today admitted committing six armed robberies of Newark convenience stores – including the same grocery store twice within a week.
McRae, Larry Information

June 9, 2014
Morris County, N.J., Couple charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud
Nita K. Patel and Kirtish N. Patel, a Morris County, N.J., couple who owned a mobile diagnostic testing company were arrested this morning and charged with conspiring to commit health care fraud.
Patel, Nita and Kirtish Complaint

Essex County, N.J., Man Sentenced to 114 Months in prison for role in armed carjacking
Nathaniel Tullies, an Essex County, N.J., man was sentenced today 114 months in prison for his role in an armed carjacking in Newark on Nov. 8, 2012.

June 5, 2014
Board-Certified New Jersey Pediatrician And Internist Sentenced To 20 Months In Prison For Taking Kickbacks
Chikezie Onyenso, a board-certified pediatrician and internist from Morris County, N.J., was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for soliciting and taking cash and rental payments as kickbacks for his patients' diagnostic testing referrals.

Camden Man Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For Exchanging More Than $2.5 Million In Snap/Food Stamp Benefits For Cash
Alexander D. Vargas, a Camden man, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for stealing more than $2.5 million dollars from the U.S. Government through a food stamps scheme.

June 4, 2014
Middlesex county, n.J., man admits saddle brook bank robbery
Jorge Rodriguez, a Middlesex County, N.J., man today admitted robbing a TD Bank in Saddle Brook, N.J.
Rodriguez Information

June 3, 2014
Remarks As Prepared For Delivery By U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman At The Camden County College Police Academy Graduation For The 63rd Basic Police Recruit Class
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman speaks at the Camden County College Police Academy graduation for the 63rd basic police recruit class in Blackwood, N.J.

Monmouth County, N.J., Man Charged With Receiving Sexually Explicit Images Of 12-Year Old Pennsylvania Girl
Chad C. Weber, A Monmouth County, N.J., man, is expected to make his initial court appearance today on a charge that he received sexually explicit images of a 12-year old Pennsylvania girl with whom he had an online relationship.
Weber, Chad Complaint

June 2, 2014

Member of Largest countefeit goods conspiracy ever charged sentenced to 46 months in prison
Ming Zheng, a member of a massive, international counterfeit goods conspiracy, was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for his role in the scheme.

May 2014

May 30, 2014
Jersey City Police Officer Pleads guilty to transportation of stolen goods and extortion
Mario Rodriguez, a Jersey City, N.J. police officer, today admitted stealing more than half a million cigarettes from a trailer and extorting $20,000 from a drug courier who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Rodriguez Information

May 29, 2014
Pharmacist Admits Attempting To Weaponize Deadly Toxins, Possessing Narcotics Manufacturing Equipment
Jordan S. Gonzalez, a licensed pharmacist, pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to develop, produce and possess the potentially deadly toxins ricin and abrin for use as weapons and to possessing equipment for producing illegal narcotics.
Gonzalez, Jordan Information

Essex County, N.J., Man Admits Armed Bank Robbery
Robert Mercedes, An Essex County, N.J., man, today admitted committing the armed robbery of a PNC Bank in Montclair, N.J., U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Mercedes, Robert Information

May 28, 2014
Gloucester county, n.J., man sentenced to 20 years in prison for receipt of child pornography
Bryan Jacobs, a Gloucester County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for receipt of images of child sexual abuse.

Former Longshoremen plead guilty to extortion conspiracy involving christmastime tribute payments
Two former longshoremen admitted today that they conspired to extort others in Local 1 and Local 1235 of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) for Christmastime tribute payments, and an associate of the Genovese organized crime family charged in the same case admitted running an illegal sports betting operation.

New jersey business owner charged with operating corporate ponzi scheme resulting in more than $42 million in losses
Shirley Sooy, the owner of a group of freight payment, logistics, and shipping businesses headquartered in Branchburg, N.J., surrendered today to face charges she operated them as a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
Sooy Complaint

Former engineer at two global medical technology corporations admits theft of trade secrets
Ketankumar Maniar, an engineer who formerly lived in Mahwah, N.J., admitted today to stealing trade secrets from two global medical technology companies based in northern New Jersey.
Maniar Information

Corrections Officers, Lawyer, Among Nine Charged in schemes to smuggle contraband into federal pretrial detention facility
Two corrections officers, a lawyer, and six others were charged today in three separate complaints with smuggling contraband, including cell phones and marijuana, into a federal pretrial detention facility at the Essex County Correctional Facility.
Solomon, Stephon et al. Complaint
Lespinasse, Channel et al. Complaint
Kapalin, Brian et al. Complaint

May 27, 2014
Ringleader Of International Rhino Smuggling Conspiracy Sentenced In New Jersey To 70 Months In Prison For Wildlife Trafficking Crime
Zhifei Li, the owner of an antique business in China, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for heading 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.

Queens, N.Y., Men Plead Guilty To Large-Scale Atm Skimming Scheme Targeting New Jersey Bank Customers
Emil Revesz, Constantin Pendus, and Florin Apetrei, three Romanian natives living in Queens, N.Y., today admitted their involvement in a long-running and lucrative scheme to steal account information from bank customers throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by installing secret card-reading devices on ATMs.
Revesz, Emil Information
Pendus, Constantin Information
Apetrei, Florin Information

May 22, 2014
Four Orthodox Jewish Rabbis, One Of Their Sons Indicted In Divorce-Compelling Kidnap Conspiracy
A federal grand jury today indicted four Orthodox Jewish Rabbis and one of their sons for allegedly conspiring to kidnap and force Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces.
Epstein, Mendel et al. Indictment

Two Men Admit Roles In Armed Robbery Of New Jersey Target Store On ‘Black Friday’ 2012
Maryland Liggins III and Darrell A. Carter, two New Jersey men, admitted this week to participating in an armed robbery of a Target Store in Union, N.J., on “Black Friday” in November 2012.
Liggins, Maryland Information
Carter, Darrell Information

New Jersey Business Owner Admits Fraudulent Claims Of Service-Disabled Veteran Ownership
Miriam Friedman, the president of a New Jersey-based furniture and design services company, admitted today to fraudulently holding her business out as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, which obtained dozens of government contracts set aside for disabled veterans.
Friedman, Miriam Information

May 21, 2014
Former bank Officer sentenced to 18 months in prison for accepting bribes, bank fraud
Jose Dominguez, a former bank officer was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for accepting bribes of more than $50,000 in return for his assistance in corrupt financial transactions as well as bank fraud.

Former longshoremen plead guilty to extortion conspiracy involving christmastime tribute payments
Three former longshoremen admitted today that they conspired to extort others in Local 1235 of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) for Christmastime tribute payments.

Trenton, N.J., men charged in series of armed robberies
Samuel Matias Cruz and Arturo Delacruz, two Trenton, N.J. men have been charged with a series of armed robberies committed in Burlington and Mercer counties.
Matias Cruz, Samuel Complaint
Delacruz, Arturo Complaint

Former Senior Vice President of Operations at White Rose Food sentenced to 20 months in prison for tax evasion
John Annetta, the former senior vice president of operations of an independent wholesale food distributor was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for evading taxes on income he received from third parties.

May 20, 2014
Two Admit Roles In Multimillion-Dollar International Cybercrime Scheme
Richard Gundersen and Lamar Taylor, two members of an alleged international cybercrime, identity theft and credit card fraud conspiracy, today admitted their roles in a scheme to use information hacked from customer accounts at more than a dozen banks, brokerage firms, payroll processing companies and government agencies to attempt to steal $15 million from customers.
Gundersen, Richard Indictment
Taylor, Lamar Information

Hudson County, N.J., Contractor Arrested, Charged With Paying Bribes To Fire Official
Victor Coca, the owner of a general contracting company in West New York, N.J., was arrested at home in North Bergen, N.J., this morning by special agents of the FBI and charged with bribing a fire official to eliminate more than $8 million in outstanding fines on buildings with fire code violations.
Coca, Victor Complaint

May 19, 2014
Passaic County, N.J., Man pleads guilty to conspiring to defraud the u.S. Treasury Department of More than $2.5 million
Reyes Flores-Perez, a Passaic County, N.J., man today admitted his role in defrauding the U.S. Department of Treasury of more than $2.5 million in income tax return checks.
Flores-Perez Information

Neptune, N.J., Man Admits Involvement in Shooting of Cab Driver, Several Armed Robberies in Monmouth County
Quam Wilson, a Neptune, N.J., man today admitted his involvement in a 24-hour crime spree that took place in five separate shore-area towns and involved the shooting of a cab driver and a number of armed robberies.
Wilson Indictment

May 16, 2014
Morris County, N.J., doctor sentenced to prison, fined for taking cash kickbacks for patient referrals
Mahesh Patel, a doctor practicing internal medicine in Orange, N.J., was sentenced today to five months in prison and five months of home confinement for taking cash kickbacks for making referrals to a diagnostic testing lab in Orange.

May 15, 2014
Two More alleged kidnappers arrested, charged in plot to coerce reluctant husband to grant jewish divorce
Special agents of the FBI arrested two men at their Lakewood, N.J., homes this morning for allegedly kidnapping a reluctant Jewish husband in order to coerce him through violence to grant his wife a religious divorce — referred to as a “get.”
Epstein, David Aryeh & Rubin, Chaim Baruch Complaint

Trenton, N.J., Mayor Sentenced To 58 Months In Prison On Federal Extortion, Bribery And Mail And Wire Fraud Charges
Trenton Mayor Tony F. Mack was sentenced today to 58 months in prison after being convicted at trial in February on all six federal extortion, bribery and mail and wire fraud charges against him.

New York Attorney Indicted for Defrauding Two International Companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars
Marijan Cvjeticanin, a New York attorney was indicted today for his role in an alleged scheme to defraud two international companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by fraudulently billing them for services that were never provided.
Cvjeticanin Indictment

Passaic County, N.J., Man Admits distributing images of Child Sexual Abuse Over the Internet
Manuel Fernandez, a Wayne, N.J., man admitted today to sharing images of child sexual abuse from his home computer.
Fernandez Indictment

May 14, 2014
New York Physician Admits Taking Bribes in Test-Referrals Scheme With New Jersey Clinical Lab
Michele Martinko, a physician with a practice in New York admitted today to accepting over $100,000 in exchange for test referrals as part of a massive bribery scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) of Parsippany, N.J., its president and numerous associates.
Martinho Information

Former Financial Officer Of New Jersey-Based Equipment Company Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Filing False Corporate And Personal Income Tax Returns
Frank A. Dominico, a former financial officer and president of General Glass Equipment Company in Galloway, N.J., was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for concealing his actual income on corporate and personal tax returns, including more than $700,000 he failed to report in 2004.

Union County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 63 Months In Prison For Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse
Andrew Johnson, a Cranford, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.

Owner and Operator of New Jersey-Based Real Benefits Association LLC Admits Selling Bogus Health Insurance
David Clark, an insurance broker who allegedly stole nearly $1 million while continuing to sell health care coverage he knew was fake, pleaded guilty today in connection with the scheme.
Clark, David Information

Philadelphia Woman Admits Conspiracy To Traffic Firearms From Philadelphia To Camden
Rosselyn M. DeJesus, a Philadelphia woman, today admitted conspiring to sell guns without a license.
DeJesus, Resselyn Information
Lee, Michael Wayne Information
Steward, Ammie Information
Ford, Wendelle Complaint

Gloucester County, N.J., Man Arrested, Charged In Alleged Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue, Real Estate Ponzi Scheme
Randy Poulson, a Gloucester County, N.J., man, is charged with scamming distressed homeowners into giving him their houses and then soliciting fake real estate investments from private investors - secured by those same properties - that netted him more than $3 million in illicit profits.
Poulson, Randy Complaint

May 13, 2014

Former Essex County, N.J., Sheriff's Officer Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Collecting A Debt Through Extortion
John Balsamo, A Monmouth County, N.J., man who formerly worked as a sheriff's officer in Essex County, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for conspiring to collect a debt using extortionate means.

Cape May County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 57 Months In Prison For Transporting Minor Across State Lines For Sex
Michael Kulick, a Cape May County, N.J. man, was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for transporting an underage girl across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.

Union Officials Plead Guilty To Extortion Conspiracy Involving Christmastime Tribute Payments
Vincent Aulisi, Thomas Leonardis, and Robert Ruiz, three former International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) union officials, admitted today that they conspired to extort ILA Local 1235 longshoremen on the New Jersey piers for Christmastime tribute payments.

New York Man Admits Role In International $200 Million Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy
Khawaja Ikram, a New York man, today admitted his role in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department.
Ikram, Khawaja Information

Former New Jersey Transit Official Admits Agreeing To Accept $8,000 Bribe
Donna Schiereck, a former New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) official, today admitted she agreed to accept an $8,000 bribe and power washing services in connection with a snow removal contract.
Schiereck, Donna Information

Essex County, N.J., Man Arrested In Multi-Million Dollar Real Estate Investment Fraud Scheme
Abbe Edelman, an Essex County, N.J., man, was arrested at his home by federal law enforcement officers this morning on charges that he allegedly ran a real estate investment scheme that bilked victims out of $4 million.
Edelman, Abbe Complaint

May 12, 2014

Woodland Park, N.J., Man sentenced to three years in prison for Scheme to defraud 17 charities and non-Profit organizations
Gregory Ciccone, the owner and president of GAC Consulting Group LLC (GAC) was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud at least 17 charities and non-profit organizations, costing them more than $750,000 in losses.

Monmouth County, N.J., Man Admits Distributing Images of Child Sexual Abuse
Nathan Brochstein, a Monmouth County, N.J., man today admitted using a computer in his home to distribute images of child sexual abuse.
Brochstein Information

May 9, 2014
Former Chief Executive Officer of Oil Services Company Indicted in New Jersey on Foreign Bribery and Kickback Charges
Joseph Sigelman, the former co-chief executive officer (CEO) of PetroTiger Ltd. – a British Virgin Islands oil and gas company with operations in Colombia and offices in New Jersey – was indicted today for his role in a scheme to pay bribes to foreign government officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to defraud PetroTiger.
Sigelman Indictment

Federal Charges filed against 22 alleged members of related camden drug trafficking organizations
This morning, teams of federal, state and local law enforcement partners led by the FBI arrested 16 members of related drug trafficking organizations – bound by family and narcotics business relationships – that processed and distributed crack, powder cocaine and heroin on the streets of Camden County.
Rivera, Efraim et al. Amended Complaints

May 8, 2014
Newark Man sentenced to 234 months in prison for three armed carjackings
Rahim Braxton, a Newark man was sentenced today to 234 months in prison for his role in three armed carjackings that occurred in a one-week span in three counties across northern New Jersey.

Newark Man charged with producing child pornography for recording his sexual abuse of girls
Justin Kinney, a Newark man made his initial court appearance today on charges that he sexually exploited two prepubescent girls after allegedly photographing himself abusing the girls.
Kinney Complaint

Middlesex County, N.J., Dermatologist Charged With Structuring Nearly $850,000 in deposits to avoid reporting requirements
Sandy S. Milgraum, a dermatologist with a medical practice in East Brunswick, N.J., was charged today for allegedly structuring nearly $850,000 by intentionally purchasing numerous money orders for amounts below what would trigger a financial institution’s IRS reporting requirements.
Milgraum Complaint

May 6, 2014
New York Man Admits To Participating In Five Armed Robberies Of Electronics Stores In New Jersey And New York
Kajuan Crawley, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man, admitted today to participating in five armed robberies of electronics stores, including an armed robbery in Linden, N.J.
Crawley, Kajuan Superseding Indictment

Lakewood, N.J., Man Admits Conspiracy To Kidnap Jewish Husband To Force Him To Give Wife A Religious Divorce
David Wax, a Lakewood, N.J., man, today admitted conspiring to kidnap a Jewish man to force him to give his wife a religious divorce, known as a "get."
Wax, David Information

Sussex County, N.J., Man Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Distributing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse
Albert Rose, a Sussex County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for using a computer in his home to distribute images of child sexual abuse.

May 5, 2014

Convicted Ponzi Schemer Eliyahu Weinstein Arraigned on New charges; two conspirators admit defrauding investors with him
Convicted Ponzi schemer Eliyahu Weinstein, 38, of Lakewood, N.J., was arraigned today in federal court in Trenton on new charges relating to an alleged scheme to defraud victims regarding purported investments in Facebook stock and Florida real estate.
Weinstein Indictment
Glucksman Information
Schleider Information

President of Middlesex County, N.J., Investment Company Admits Defrauding Investors
Shreyans Desai, the former president of a Middlesex County, N.J., investment company today admitted he defrauded investors out of more than $250,000.
Desai Superseding Indictment

May 2, 2014
Alleged Serial Bank Robber Arrested After Morning Robbery of Colonia, N.J., Bank
Jason Novello allegedly responsible for a three-county New Jersey bank robbery spree faces a federal charge today following his arrest yesterday, May 1, 2014, after the rush hour robbery of a Rahway Savings Institute in Colonia.
Novello Complaint

May 1, 2014
Former Unisys Engineer And Girlfriend Admit Receiving Nearly $100,000 In Kickbacks In Connection With Tsa High-Tech Phone Contract
James Anderson and Vickie Idoux-Walz, a former project manager for Unisys and his girlfriend, today admitted they were paid nearly $100,000 in kickbacks in connection with staffing a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) contract for high-tech phone systems.
Anderson, James Information
Idoux-Walz, Vickie Information

Former Elizabeth, N.J., School Attendance Officer Admits Defrauding Board Of Education
Scott J. Farley, a former attendance liaison officer for the Elizabeth, N.J., Board of Education (EBOE), today admitted obtaining by fraud more than $5,000 by working a second job during hours when he was supposed to be tracking down truant students.
Farley, Scott Information

April 2014

April 30, 2014
New Jersey Regional Medical Center Pays Hundreds of Thousands to resolve kickback allegations
Somerset Medical Center — a regional medical center located in Somerville, N.J.— has paid $435,640 to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by making improper rental payments to a cardiology group that referred large numbers of patients to the hospital.
Settlement Agreement

April 29, 2014
Resident Of Florida And Ohio Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For Defrauding Charter Flight Company, Others, Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars
Dante G. Dixon, a resident of Florida and Ohio was sentenced to 37 months in prison today for his role in defrauding a charter flight company and other merchants of hundreds of thousands of dollars in luxury goods and services.

Two Elizabeth, N.J., Women Each Sentenced To Prison For Operating Counterfeit Check Scheme
Latisha White and Synethia Bland, two Elizabeth, N.J., women, were each sentenced today to prison for conspiring to commit bank fraud by depositing more than half a million dollars in counterfeit checks into different TD Bank accounts.

April 28, 2014

Former Jersey City Council Candidate Admits Misuse of Contributions
Former Jersey City Council candidate Lavern Webb-Washington today admitted illegally using contributions to her political campaign for her personal use.
Webb-Washington Superseding Information

April 24, 2014
Former Owner, Medical Director, Of Diagnostic Testing Center Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison
Ashokkumar Babaria, a radiologist who owned and operated a diagnostic testing center in Orange, N.J., was sentenced today to 46 months in prison and ordered to forfeit more than $2 million for overseeing a sprawling cash-for-patients scheme to bribe doctors for testing referrals.

Philadelphia Business Owner And Associate Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot That Involved Atlantic City Shooting
Ronald Galati and Jerome Johnson, two Philadelphia men, are scheduled to appear in court today on charges of conspiracy, murder for hire and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm related to a shooting in Atlantic City, N.J., last year.
Galati, Ronald, and Johnson, Jerome Indictment

April 23, 2014
Union city, n.J., man admits operating supposed charity as illegal bank, falsifying taxes
Moshe Schwartz, a Union City, N.J., man who operated a supposed charitable organization, or “gemach,” admitted today that he ran it as an unchartered bank, accepting millions of dollars in deposits – including nearly $1 million of his own money – which he shielded from state or federal regulation.
Schwartz Information

April 22, 2014
Mercer County, N.J., Man Sentenced To More Than 17 Years In Prison For Producing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse
Fredy Arbito, a Mercer County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 210 months in prison for producing images of child sexual abuse by coercing a minor victim to stream explicit content to him over the Internet.

Former Pharmaceutical Executive Sentenced To 16 Months In Prison For Central Role In Insider Trading Scheme
John Lazorchak, a former executive of a pharmaceutical technology firm was sentenced today to 16 months in prison for playing a central role in an insider trading scheme that repeatedly exploited non-public material information for financial gain.

Ocean County, N.J., Man Admits Forging IRS Documents To Evade Federal Tax Lien
Charles W. Jarvis, an Ocean County, N.J., man, today admitted forging and transmitting documents to evade a federal tax lien.
Jarvis, Charles Information

Middlesex County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison For Production, Distribution Of Child Sex Abuse Images
Kenneth Christensen, a Middlesex County, N.J., man who once worked as a school crossing guard, was sentenced today to 216 months in prison for taking compromising photographs of a naked child and distributing them and hundreds of other photographs of child sexual abuse over the Internet.

Former Loan Officer Admits Role In Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Delio Coutinho, a Middlesex County, N.J., man, today admitted his role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses.
Coutinho, Delio Information

Hudson County, N.J., Woman Federally Charged With Robbing Three Banks In Three Weeks
Valeria Parziale, a woman who allegedly robbed three banks in three-week span, has been charged federally in connection with the spree.
Parziale, Valeria Complaint

April 21, 2014

Essex County, N.J., Woman Sentenced to 79 Months in Prison for Fraud Scheme that Targeted elderly individuals
Terrell Brunson, an Essex County, N.J., woman was sentenced today to 79 months in prison for a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme in which she targeted elderly women.

April 17, 2014
Convicted Ponzi-Schemer Indicted On New Fraud And Other Charges
Eliyahu Weinstein, an Ocean County, N.J., man who was sentenced less than two months ago to 22 years in prison for running a Ponzi-style real estate scheme, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on new charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and transacting criminal proceeds while on pretrial release.
Weinstein, Eliyahu Indictment II

Remarks As Prepared For Delivery By U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman At The Prisoner Reentry: Breaking The Cycle Conference
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman speaks at the “Prisoner Reentry: Breaking the Cycle” conference at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J.

April 16, 2014

Two Former Pharmaceutical/Medical Technology Executives Sentenced for their Roles in Insider Trading scheme
Mark Cupo and Mark Foldy, two former pharmaceutical and medical technology firm executives were sentenced today for their involvement in an extensive insider trading network that repeatedly exploited non-public material information for financial gain.

Middlesex County, N.J., Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Scheme to File Fraudulent Tax Returns
Badatunde Olugbake, a Middlesex County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for his role in filing fraudulent income tax returns and illegally receiving approximately $500,000 in refunds.

April 14, 2014
Burlington County Man Sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing images of child sexual abuse
David Clark, a Burlington County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for his role in producing images of child sexual abuse.

"Enforcer" for atlantic City "Dirty block" gang admits participating in heroin trafficking conspiracy
Shaamel Spencer, an Atlantic City, N.J., man admitted today to engaging in a conspiracy to distribute heroin with the “Dirty Block” criminal street gang that allegedly used threats, intimidation and violence to maintain control of the illegal drug trade in Atlantic City.
Spencer Superseding Information

Contractor Admits Fraud and Aggravated Assault
Leonard Santos, the principal of a Pennsylvania construction company today admitted his role in an employee kickback scheme that occurred during a reconstruction project at the Ft. Dix military base in Burlington County, N.J..
Santos, Leonard et al. Superseding Indictment

April 11, 2014
Essex County, N.J., Man Convicted of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Victor Lopez, an Essex County, N.J., man with a felony criminal record has been convicted by a federal jury for carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol.

Bergen County, N.J., Doctor Charged with Tax Violations
Medhat El Amir, a Bergen County, N.J., doctor who owns three immediate care facilities in Hudson County, N.J., was arrested today on multiple tax violations, including allegedly making cash deposits of more than $5.8 million into bank accounts he controlled.
El Amir Indictment

April 9, 2014
West Orange, N.J., Woman Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for stealing nearly $100,000 from an elderly woman
Shawn L. Craig, a West Orange, N.J., woman who defrauded an elderly victim of nearly $100,000 by taking the victim’s Social Security payments and secretly applying for a reverse mortgage on the victim’s home was sentenced today to 30 months in prison.

Two Leaders of 'Red Breed Guerillas' Street Gang Sentenced to Lengthy prison terms for drug and gun possession
Kaseem Upshaw and Anthony Pearson, two leaders of a Bloods street gang set known as the “Red Breed Guerillas” were sentenced today to prison terms for drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons.

Two Defendants Sentenced to Prison in insider trading scheme
Lawrence Grum and Michael Castelli, the two primary traders in an extensive insider trading network were sentenced to prison today for repeatedly using information divulged by insiders at pharmaceutical/medical technology firms operating in New Jersey.

Tom's River, N.J., Chiropractor Admits Receiving Bribes For Patient Referrals
Norman Eastburn, a chiropractor with a practice in Toms River, N.J., admitted today to accepting bribes to refer a number of his patients to a New Jersey-licensed pain management physician.
Eastburn Information

Former Partner Of a freehold Office equipment Leasing company Admits Stealing More than $600,000
Jason Lee Lum, a former partner of a Freehold, N.J.-based office equipment leasing company today admitted stealing more than $600,000 in a fraudulent loan scheme.
Lee Lum Information

Morris County, N.J., Physician Admits Taking Bribes In Test-Referrals Scheme With New Jersey Clinical Lab
Wayne Lajewski, a physician with a practice in Madison, N.J. admitted today to accepting bribes of $2,000 per month 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.
Lajewski Information

April 8, 2014
Miami-Dade, Fla. Police Officer Charged In Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy
Ralph Mata, an internal affairs officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department, was arrested this morning in Miami Gardens, Fla., and charged with allegedly aiding a narcotics trafficking organization - distributing cocaine from the Dominican Republic in New Jersey and elsewhere - by orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot; providing firearms and sensitive law enforcement information; and facilitating the transport of drug proceeds.
Mata, Ralph Complaint

Nigerian National Faces New Stolen Identity Tax Refund Charges In 31-Count Federal Indictment Returned In New Jersey
Kole Akinola, a Nigerian national who formerly resided in Livingston, N.J., was arraigned today on a 31-count superseding indictment charging him with participating in an $3 million scheme to use stolen identities to generate fraudulent tax refunds.
Akinola, Kole SIndictment

April 3, 2014
Trenton man sentenced to eight years in prison for Possession of Three guns, including loaded semi-Automatic rifle
Isaiah Harris, a Trenton, N.J., man with a previous conviction for drug distribution was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for possessing three firearms, including a loaded semi-automatic rifle and a loaded revolver.

Owners of popular ocean city, n.J., pizza restaurants arrested, face indictment charging tax and structuring crimes
Charles Bangle and Mary Bangle, the owners of popular Ocean City, N.J., restaurant chain Manco & Manco Pizza were arrested this morning at their Somers Point, N.J., home by IRS-Criminal Investigation special agents on an indictment charging the couple with multiple counts of tax evasion and other offenses.
Bangle, Charles et al. Indictment

April 2, 2014
Georgia man admits traveling from new york to new jersey for illicit sexual conduct with children
Richard Simone, a Georgia man living in Long Island, N.Y., admitted today he traveled from New York to New Jersey to have sexual contact with a minor.
Simone Indictment

April 1, 2014
Former owner of new jersey private detective firm sentenced to prison for social security disability fraud
David Disney, a Hunterdon County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 23 months in prison for fraudulently collecting Social Security disability payments while continuing to do work he claimed he was unable to do for his private detective firm.

Hudson county trio indicted for robberies of sovereign bank in secaucus, n.J., and tD bank in fairview, n.J.
Two men and a woman from Hudson County, N.J., were indicted today in connection with their roles in two bank robberies that took place last summer.
Bohanan, Gary et al. Indictment

Chicago man admits stealing more than $1 million worth of iphones And ipads
Stephen Gunn, a Chicago man today admitted he stole more than $1 million worth of iPhones and iPads from Verizon Wireless through an elaborate scheme that involved misappropriating corporate purchasing accounts and then diverting the shipments by bribing Federal Express drivers.
Gunn Indictment

Two plead guilty in new jersey federal court to roles in Multimillion-Dollar international cybercrime scheme
An alleged member of an international cybercrime, identity theft and credit card fraud conspiracy admitted today to using 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 American customers, the second member of the conspiracy to plead guilty this week.
Dubuc, Robert Information
Pidtergerya, Oleg Information

March 2014

March 31, 2014
Former fugitive admits selling bogus insurance policies
Thomas M. Grubb, Jr., a former insurance broker admitted today to conspiring to defraud purchasers of commercial liability insurance by overcharging for policies as well as issuing some customers bogus policies.
Grubb Indictment

Credit card fraud conspiracy charges unsealed today against two arrested at atlantic city’s borgata casino
Complaints charging two men, Tracey Colemen and Wanell Wallace, with credit card fraud conspiracy were unsealed today in federal court in New Jersey after the pair, who have allegedly attempted to fraudulently charge more than $500,000 using stolen account numbers, were arrested early Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Borgata Casino, in Atlantic City, N.J.
Coleman, Tracey Complaint
Wallace, Wanell Complaint

March 28, 2014
Jersey city man pleads guilty to armed robbery of jewelry store
Mouhamadou Lamine Amar, a Jersey City man admitted today to committing an armed robbery of a jewelry store in Hudson County.
Amar Indictment

Bridgeton, n.J. jersey tax preparer admits personal income tax evasion
William Jones, a Bridgeton, N.J., tax preparer today admitted he knowingly failed to report more than $300,000 diverted from his tax preparation service for his personal use.
Jones Information

March 27, 2014
Pennsylvania Man Admits Mann Act Violations In Running Prostitution Business
Francisco Torrellas, an Allentown, Pa., man previously charged with sex trafficking of a minor, today admitted his role in coercing women to travel from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to engage in prostitution and sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a crime. 
Torrellas, Francisco SIndictment

Owner Of Bulk Mailing Company Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Multimillion-Dollar Fraud

Harold Clevett, one of the operators of Clevett Worldwide Mailers LLC, a Succasunna, N.J., bulk mailing house, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for defrauding clients of more than $1 million through a fraudulent bulk-mailing scheme in which he shredded millions of pieces of mail rather than delivering them.

21 Alleged Heroin Traffickers Federally Charged In New Jersey
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged 21 members and suppliers of a large-scale drug trafficking organization allegedly responsible for distributing heroin and cocaine throughout New Jersey’s Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Britt-Young DTO Complaint
Shannon Complaint

March 25, 2014

Brooklyn, N.Y., Man Admits Traveling To New Jersey To Violently Extort Divorce Consent From Reluctant Husband
Simcha Bulmash, A Brooklyn, N.Y. man, admitted today in Trenton federal court to traveling to New Jersey in order to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce – referred to as a “get” – through threats of violence.
Bulmash, Simcha Information

Former Senior Vice President Of Marketing At A&P Admits Wire Fraud
John R. Moritz, the former senior vice president of marketing at A&P, a U.S. supermarket and liquor store chain, today admitted his role in a scheme to defraud A&P by selling for personal gain event tickets that were intended for A&P’s use.
Moritz, John Information

New York Doctor Admits Taking Bribes For Referring Tests To New Jersey Clinical Lab
Surender Gorukanti, a pediatrician with a New York practice in Staten Island and Brooklyn, admitted today he accepted 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.
Gorukanti, Surender Information

Remarks As Prepared For U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman At 2014 Anti-Violence Summit
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman speaks at New Jersey’s inaugural Anti-violence Summit: “Strong Partnerships, Safer Communities” at the Rutgers Livingston Campus in Piscataway, N.J.

March 24, 2014

Tax return preparer indicted for tax fraud that caused more than $1.6 million loss
A federal grand jury in Newark today returned a nine-count indictment charging, Wayne Dunich-Kolb, a former Bergen County tax return preparer for his alleged role in filing false federal income tax returns and filing false personal returns.
Dunich-Kolb Indictment

March 21, 2014

three camden, n.J., residents charged in conspiracy to steal checks from mail and defraud banks in new jersey, pennsylvania and delaware
A woman and two men from Camden were charged today for their alleged participation in a scheme in which they stole business checks from the U.S. Mail in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, altered them, and cashed them using a series of conspirators,.
Muhammad, Et al. Indictment

member of massive counterfeit goods conspiracy sentenced to 38 months in prison
Ning Guo, a member of a massive, international counterfeit goods conspiracy was sentenced today to 38 months in prison for his role in the scheme.

March 20, 2014
Pennsylvania Man Charged With Running A Prostitution Business
Francisco Torrellas, an Allentown, Pa., man previously charged with sex trafficking of a minor, was indicted today on additional charges of conspiracy to use an interstate facility in aid of prostitution business, transportation of a minor to engage in prostitution, coercion and enticement to engage in prostitution, and obstruction.
Torrellas, Francisco SIndictment

March 19, 2014
newark, n.J., man sentenced to 114 months in prison for his role in armed robbery and shooting of retired police officer
Theodore Lada, a Newark, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 114 months in prison for his role in an armed robbery and shooting of a retired police officer working as an armed money courier.

bergen county, n.J., man pleads guilty to making false report of kidnapping to u.S. embassy
Andriy Mykhaylivskyy, a Bergen County, N.J., man, today admitted using the Internet and social media to fabricate a fictitious high school girl, using that fake personality to engage in an online relationship with a teenage male, and then making a false report to a U.S. Embassy that the girl was kidnapped.
Mykhaylivskyy Information

new jersey man sentenced to 10 years in prison for luring teen to pennsylvania, downloading images of child sex abuse
Robert Mucha, a Sussex County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for luring a teenage boy to Pennsylvania for illegal sexual activity, as well as downloading and receiving images on his home computer of children being sexually abused.

Law clerk, stock broker charged in new jersey with trading on inside information stolen from prominent new york law firm
The managing clerk of the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP – a prominent, international law firm – and a professional stock broker who worked at Oppenheimer & Co. and Morgan Stanley were arrested today and charged with participating in a multi-year insider trading scheme that allegedly netted more than $5.6 million in illicit profits.
Metro, Steven and Eydelman, Vladimir Complaint

March 18, 2014

Newark Man Sentenced To 57 Months In Prison For Scheme To Steal Checks From Mail
Karron Hinton-Lovelace, a Newark man, was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal personal checks from the U.S. Mail and fraudulently endorse and deposit them into personal checking accounts.

March 17, 2014

union county, n.J., woman sentenced to 70 months in prison for fraud leading to theft of $7 million in charity hIV and cancer medication
Lateefah McKenzie Body, a Union County, N.J., woman, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison 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.

Three indicted on fraud and iD theft charges in multimillion-Dollar international cybercrime scheme
Oleksiy Sharapka, Leonid Yanovitsky and Richard Gundersen, three alleged members of an international cybercrime, money laundering and identity theft conspiracy, were charged in New Jersey today 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 American customers.
Sharapka et al. Indictment

March 14, 2014
three people admit roles in extensive tax refund check scam
Luis Pena, a Bronx, N.Y., man, today admitted his role in conspiring to steal government funds through his involvement in an extensive scheme to fraudulently obtain income tax refund checks issued by the United States.
Pena Information
Ortiz Information
Rivera Information

brooklyn, n.Y., woman sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for shipment of more than $2.5 million worth of stolen luxury vehicles to africa
Hope Kantete, a Brooklyn, N.Y., woman, was sentenced today to 262 months in prison for her role as the leader of a ring responsible for shipping dozens of stolen and carjacked luxury cars and SUVs worth more than $2.5 million from New Jersey to Africa.

10th defendant admits role in $40.8 million mortgage fraud scheme
Robert Serao, an Ocean County, N.J., man today admitted his role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud conspiracy in which he used his position as a loan officer of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Inc. to get the company to release more than $4.6 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications.
Serao Indictment

March 13, 2014
Plainfield, N.J., Woman Sentenced To 87 Months In Prison For Her Roles As Lookout, Getaway Driver In Armed Bank Robberies
Andrea Dorsey, a Plainfield, N.J. woman, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for playing a role in three armed robberies of banks in Somerset and Middlesex counties.

Twin Brother Pharmacists Each Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Defrauding Patients And Insurance Companies Of $1.5 Million
Robert and William Carlucci, two pharmacists and twin brothers who previously owned the West Orange Pharmacy, were each sentenced 42 months in prison today for reaping at least $1.5 million in illicit gains by defrauding patients, Medicaid and insurance companies over the past 15 years.

March 12, 2014
newark man pleads guilty to 14 armed robberies of new jersey stores
Jamar Darby, a Newark man, admitted today to committing 14 armed robberies of commercial establishments throughout Union, Essex, Hudson and Bergen counties.
Darby Indictment

florida man charged in new jersey with threatening to poison consumer products
Federal charges are filed in Newark against Brian Henderson, a man who allegedly contacted a consumer products company and claimed he poisoned its products and would return them to store shelves if his demands were not met.
Henderson Complaint

March 11, 2014
Brooklyn, N.Y., Brothers Admit Traveling To New Jersey To Violently Extort Divorce Consent From Reluctant Husband
Avrohom Goldstein and Moshe Goldstein, a pair of Brooklyn brothers, have admitted on consecutive days to crossing state lines as part of a plan to violently coerce an unwilling husband to grant his wife a religious divorce.
Goldstein, Avrohom Information
Goldstein, Moshe Information

Owner Of Roofing Company Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Filing False Income Tax Returns
Kenneth Morton, the owner of Kenal Enterprises LLC, was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for filing false income tax returns for several years.

Ocean County, N.J., Attorney Sentenced To Six Months In Prison, Six Months Of Home Confinement, For Income Tax Evasion And Failing To Pay Payroll Taxes
Lee Gottesman, an Ocean County, N.J., attorney, was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for 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.

March 10, 2014

doctor admits taking cash kickbacks for patient referrals and failing to report nearly $1 million in income
Yash Khanna, an Essex County, N.J., doctor practicing family medicine in East Orange, N.J., today admitted receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals of his patients and failing to file tax returns on $1 million of income over a three-year period.
Khanna Superseding Indictment

March 6, 2014
Owners Of Tax Preparation Business Indicted On New Charges For Filing Phony Tax Returns For New Jersey Prison Inmates
Kamal J. James and Crystal G. Hawkins, the owners of a tax preparation business that filed fraudulent tax returns on behalf of inmates at various New Jersey prisons, were indicted today on additional charges of mail fraud and making claims to the United States for payment of fraudulent tax refunds.       

Brooklyn, N.Y., Man Admits Traveling to New Jersey to Violently Extort Divorce Consent From Reluctant Husband
David Hellman, a Brooklyn, N.Y., man, admitted today in Trenton federal court to traveling to New Jersey in order to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce.
Hellman, David Information

March 4, 2014
Montgomery County, Pa., Man Admits Three Bank Robberies
Kyle Wilson, a Montgomery County, Pa., man, today admitted his role in three bank robberies in Pennsylvania.
Wilson, Kyle Information

Former New Jersey Attorney Admits Generating More Than $1 Million Profit From Phony awsuits Filed In New York State Court
Arobert C. Tonogbanua, a former attorney in the Haddonfield, N.J., office of a firm specializing in toxic tort litigation, today admitted that he falsified defendants’ names in more than 100 asbestos suits filed in New York State courts in order to increase business and his standing in the firm, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Tonogbanua, Arobert Information

Essex County, N.J., Man Convicted of Carjacking
Anthony Jefferson, an Essex County, N.J., man, has been convicted on all counts in connection with a March 2012 carjacking.

'Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Stars Plead Guilty To Conspiracy, Bankruptcy Fraud and Tax Offenses
Teresa Giudice, and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, two of the stars of the Bravo TV television show "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," today admitted committing a string of crimes as part of a long-running financial fraud conspiracy.
Giudice, Giuseppe and Teresa Superseding Indictment
Giudice, Giuseppe Plea Agreement
Giudice, Teresa Plea Agreement

March 3, 2014

louisiana man charged with abusive sexual contact of sleeping woman on domestic flight to new jersey
Devender Singh, a Louisiana man, appeared in Newark federal court today to face a charge that he sexually touched a sleeping woman who did not know him aboard a flight from Houston to Newark Liberty International Airport.
Singh Complaint

February 2014

February 28, 2014
U.S. attorney for new jersey and head of iRS-Newark field office: tax filing deadline is near
With tax season already upon us, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen, Newark Field Office, are reminding New Jersey taxpayers about the importance of filing complete and accurate tax returns by the April 15 deadline.

Doctor admits taking bribes in test-Referrals scheme with new jersey clinical lab
Demetrios Gabriel, a pediatrician with a practice in Staten Island and Brooklyn, N.Y., admitted today he accepted 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
Gabriel Information

former chairman of woodland park, n.J., democratic committee sentenced to two years in prison for bribing iRS official
Michael Kazmark, the former chairman of the Woodland Park, N.J., Democratic Committee, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for bribing two individuals he thought were IRS officials to eliminate his tax debt.

February 26, 2014
Doctor admits taking bribes in test-Referral scheme with new jersey clinical lab
Charles Goldberg, an internist with a practice in Montclair, N.J., admitted today 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.
Goldberg Information

former atlantic county, n.J., paralegal charged with mail fraud conspiracy
Maria James, a woman who allegedly filed false and fraudulent immigration petitions for clients while working as a paralegal in Atlantic County, N.J., made her initial court appearance today on conspiracy charges.
James Complaint

former hudson county, n.J., teacher sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet
Guy West, a former substitute teacher at a private school in Jersey City, N.J., was sentenced today to 121 months in prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.

alleged members of aTM skimming scheme targeting new jersey bank customers in court for guilty plea, sentencing
Bogdan Radu and Marius Vintila, two of the leaders of a scheme to steal account information from bank customers throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut by installing secret card-reading devices on ATMs, were in court today for separate proceedings.
Radu Information
Cotiga Information

February 25, 2014
Leader of Massive Real Estate Fraud Scheme Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison For Fraud And Money Laundering
Eliyahu Weinstein, an Ocean County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 264 months in prison for running a real estate investment fraud scheme that caused $200 million in losses and laundering the proceeds of the scheme.

Diagnostic Imaging Group To Pay $15.5 Million For Allegedly Submitting False Claims To Federal And State Health Care Programs
Diagnostic Imaging Group (DIG) has agreed to pay a total of $15.5 million to resolve allegations that its diagnostic testing facilities falsely billed federal and state health care programs for tests that were not performed or not medically necessary and by paying kickbacks to physicians.
Doshi Executed Settlement Agreement

Former Director Of Finance Of New Jersey-Based Toll Global Forwarding Admits Stealing $1.3 Million From The Company
Karen Sipes, the former director of finance of the Middlesex County-based integrated logistic services company Toll Global Forwarding, today admitted stealing more than $1.3 million from her former employer through an elaborate false invoicing scheme.

Clifton Insurance Adjuster Charged With Defrauding N.J. Turnpike Authority and Insurance Companies Of Over $200,000
Robert Napolitano, the owner of a New Jersey-based insurance adjusting company, was arrested today for allegedly defrauding the N.J. Turnpike Authority and certain insurance companies of more than $200,000.
Napolitano, Robert Complaint

February 24, 2014
passaic county, n.J., man pleads guilty to possession of images of child sexual abuse
Anthony Chiampi, a Totowa, N.J., man, admitted today that he possessed images of child sexual abuse.
Chiampi Information

owner of bulk mailing company sentenced to two years in prison for Multimillion-Dollar fraud
Mark Clevett, the owner of Clevett Worldwide Mailers LLC, a Succasunna, N.J., bulk mailing house, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for defrauding clients of more than $1 million through a fraudulent bulk-mailing scheme in which he shredded millions of pieces of mail rather than delivering them.

February 21, 2014
burlington, n.J., real estate consultant sentenced to 20 months in prison
William Barksdale, a real estate consultant, was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for helping five people defraud banks by obtaining multiple home equity loans on the same property.
Barksdale Information

new jersey man charged in violation of mann act
Federal agents arrested Jayme Shannon, a Middlesex County, N.J., man, today in Mercer County, N.J., for violating the Mann Act, a federal law prohibiting interstate transportation of a minor for illicit purposes.
Shannon Complaint

February 20, 2014
Former Bayonne Official Admits Accepting $65,000 In Bribes For Awarding HUD Grant Funds
Anselmo Crisonino, a Hudson County, N.J. man who served as the senior accountant of the City of Bayonne Department of Community Development (CBDCD), today admitted accepting $65,000 in bribe payments in exchange for his assistance in awarding projects funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants.
Crisonino, Anselmo Information

Queens, N.Y., Men Sentenced To 57 Months In Prison For Large-Scale Atm Skimming Scheme Targeting New Jersey Bank Customers
Ioan Leusca, and Dezso Gyapias, two Romanian natives residing in Queens, N.Y., were sentenced today to prison terms for a scheme to steal account information from bank customers throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by installing secret card-reading devices on ATMs.

Bulgarian National Admits Role In Largest Identity Theft Ring Of Its Time
Aleksi Kolarov, a Bulgarian national, today admitted his participation 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, Aleski Indictment

February 19, 2014
union county, n.J., man admits distributing images of chlld sexual abuse over the internet
John Ellenbacher, a Union County, N.J., man, today admitted distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.
Ellenbacher Information

monmouth county, n.J., doctor admits stealing $1.1 million
Robert Muscio, a pain management doctor with a practice based in Red Bank, N.J., admitted today that he embezzled more than $1.1 million from a medical practice.
Muscio Information

hudson county, n.J., man sentenced to 10 years in prison for coercing a minor to engage in sexual activity
Paul R. Kleinman, a Hudson County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for using video chat programs to persuade a minor girl to engage in sexual conduct.

February 18, 2014
Staten Island Man Admits Role In New Jersey Cigarette Heist
Augustine "Augie" Guido, a Staten Island, N.Y., man, admitted today his role in the theft of a trailer containing 270 cases of counterfeit cigarettes that were part of an FBI undercover sting.
Guido, Augustine Information

Former Ceo Of Oil Services Company Pleads Guilty To Foreign Bribery Charges
Knut Hammarskjold, a former chief executive officer of PetroTiger Ltd. – a British Virgin Islands oil and gas company with operations in Colombia and offices in New Jersey – today admitted his role in a scheme to pay bribes to foreign government officials and defraud PetroTiger.
Hammarskjold, Knut Information

Burlington County Woman Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Defrauding Retailers Of $500,000 Through Debit Card Scheme
Temeshia McDonald, a Burlington County, N.J. woman who used a debit card fraud scheme to steal more than $500,000 from clothing retailers, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison.
McDonald, Temeshia Complaint
McDonald, Temeshia Information


February 11, 2014

Leader Of Large-Scale Identity Theft Ring Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For His Role In Fraud Enterprise
Sang-Hyun Park, the leader of a fraud ring that engaged in identity theft and financial crimes which have led to charges against 54 individuals, was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for directing the large-scale, sophisticated criminal enterprise.

February 10, 2014

middlesex county, n.J., woman who admitted conspiring to defraud treasury department sentenced to 44 months in prison
Jahmeelah Mitchell, a Middlesex County, N.J., woman, who conspired with others to defraud the U.S. Department of the Treasury of more than $1 million in income tax refunds over a four-year period was sentenced today to 44 months in prison.

February 7, 2014
trenton, n.J., mayor convicted on federal extortion, bribery and mail and wire fraud charges
A federal jury today found Trenton Mayor Tony F. Mack guilty on all six federal extortion, bribery and mail and wire fraud charges against him.

Ringleader of large-Scale aTM skimming scheme extradited to united states to face multiple charges
Marius Vintila, a native of Romania who was arrested in Sweden is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today following his extradition to face charges that he directed a large-scale ATM skimming scheme targeting New Jersey bank customers.
Vintila Complaint

former mayor of manalapan, n.J., arrested for mortgage fraud, identity theft, and obstruction of justice
Andrew Lucas, the former mayor of Manalapan, N.J., was arrested today on charges that he falsified his 2007 and 2008 tax returns in order to purchase a farm property in Manalapan and that he provided federal investigators and a federal grand jury with a fabricated document in 2013.
Lucas Indictment

February 6, 2014
cape may county, n.J., man admits transporting minor across state lines for sex
Michael Kulick, a Cape May County, N.J., man, today admitted transporting an underage girl across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.
Kulick Information

February 5, 2014
Alabama man admits attempted murder of witness, mortgage fraud conspiracy and money laundering
Kinard Henson, an Alabama man 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.
Henson, Kinard et al. Second Superseding Indictment

February 4, 2014
New jersey doctor convicted of taking cash kickbacks for patient referrals
Maryam Jafari, a doctor practicing in Newark was convicted at trial of receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals, becoming the 14th doctor and 16th defendant to be convicted in connection with the government’s investigation of illegal payments made by an Orange, N.J., diagnostic testing facility.
Jafari Superseding Indictment

Bergen county, n.J., woman admits role in $2 million mortgage fraud scheme
Klary Arcentales, a Bergen County, N.J., woman today admitted her role in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses.
Arcentales Indictment

January 2014


January 31, 2014
four brooklyn, n.Y., men indicted for armed robberies of electronics stores in new jersey and new york
A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment today against four Brooklyn, N.Y., men in connection with a spree of eight armed robberies of electronic stores in New Jersey and New York.
Williams, Carl et al. Superseding Indictment

russian national sentenced to 30 months in prison for $1 million trading account hack, securities fraud scheme
Petr Murmylyuk, a Russian national living in New York, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiring with others to hack into retail brokerage accounts and execute sham trades.

January 30, 2014
Four Indicted In New Jersey For Allegedly Trafficking A Minor, Forcing Her To Work As A Prostitute
A federal grand jury in Trenton returned a superseding indictment today charging Varian Charles, Wilbur Senat, Samuel Verrier and Karl Venord- four men from New York and Pennsylvania- with various offenses related to the trafficking of a minor and forcing her into prostitution for their own profit.
Charles, Varian Superseding Indictment

January 29, 2014

hudson county, n.J., man sentenced to more than eight years in prison for sexually abusing sleeping woman on domestic flight
Bawer Aksal, a Hudson County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 97 months in prison for sexually abusing a sleeping woman aboard a flight from Phoenix to Newark Liberty International Airport in August 2012.

camden county, n.J., man sentenced to seven years in prison for illegal weapons possession
Ashley C. Love, a Camden County, N.J., man, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for illegally possessing firearms, including assault rifles and a stolen handgun, which he sold to a confidential informant.

morris county, n.J., man convicted of armed bank robbery
Rahman Fulton, a Morris County, N.J. man, has been found guilty of robbing a bank at gunpoint.

January 28, 2014
strength and conditioning coach admits role in insurance billing scheme
David Nogaki, a partner in Source Institute for Human Performance, a Princeton, N.J., provider of exercise coaching services to independent high schools, pleaded guilty today to defrauding insurance companies by falsely claiming that Source gave clients physical therapy.
Nogaki Information

Coin Dealer Formerly From Hackensack, N.J., Admits Filing A False Federal Income Tax Return
Gantcho Zagorski, a former Hackensack, N.J., dealer in ancient coins, today admitted filing a false federal income tax return for the 2006 tax year.
Zagorski, Gantcho Indictment

Essex County, N.J., Man Admits Preparing False Income Tax Returns
Carlyle Fraser, the owner of a tax preparation business, admitted today his role in the preparation of income tax returns with false information.
Fraser, Carlyle Information

Camden, N.J., Man Sentenced To 100 Months In Prison For Conspiracy To Steal Checks From Mail
Michael A. Ingalls, a Camden man, was sentenced today to 100 months in prison for his role in a scheme in which he and others stole business checks from the mail in New Jersey and Connecticut, altered them and cashed them through a series of conspirators.

January 27, 2014

former official of pop warner admits stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization
David Marshall, the former regional director of the Eastern Region of Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. (Pop Warner), today admitted stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization and using the funds for his personal benefit.
Marshall Information

January 24, 2014
pharmacist admits multiple sales of oxycodone without a prescription, agrees to forfeit $1.5 million
Leonard Stefanelli, the former pharmarcist-in-charge of West Orange Pharmacy, today admitted to illegally distributing hundreds of tablets of oxycontin in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash.
Stefanelli Information

former contract employee for u.S. citizenship and immigration services convicted in new jersey for theft, sale of forms
A federal jury returned guilty verdicts late Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, against Martin Trejo, a former contract employee for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), for stealing hundreds of immigration forms from the warehouse where he worked and selling them for ultimate use as part of a criminal enterprise.

January 23, 2014
Three charged with operating online counterfeit credit card retailer responsible for estimated $34.5 million in fraud
Three men who allegedly ran a one-stop online shop selling counterfeit credit cards and holographic overlays, to be used by criminals to make fake identifications, face federal charges in an ongoing investigation that has already resulted in 11 additional arrests, including a customer facing federal charges.
Roberson, Sean Complaint
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January 21, 2014
Florida Man Arrested, Charged In New Jersey With Sale Of Deadly Toxin On Underground Online Marketplace
Jesse William Korff, a Florida man, is expected in court today after federal agents arrested him on Jan. 18, 2014, in LaBelle, Fla., on New Jersey federal charges alleging he sold the potentially deadly toxin abrin through an underground, Internet-based marketplace.
Korff, Jesse William Complaint

January 16, 2014

Hudson County, N.J., Man Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Distribution Of Child Pornography
Jonathan Martin, a Hudson County, N.J. man, was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for distributing images and videos of child sex abuse over the Internet.

New York-Based Hair Product Companies That Violated Bank Secrecy Act Agree To Pay $15 Million, Make Compliance Reforms In Settlement With New Jersey U.S. Attorney
Shake-N-Go Fashion Inc., and Model Model Hair Fashion Inc. – wholesale hair product companies based in Port Washington, N.Y. – entered into an agreement today to resolve claims brought by the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office that they enabled the structuring of cash transactions to avoid reporting requirements in violation of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).
Shake-N-Go Complaint
Shake-N-Go Settlement

Two Newark, N.J. Men to Appear in Federal Court, Charged with Armed Carjackings
Jamie Manning and Corey Thermitus, two Essex County, N.J. men arrested in connection with two gunpoint carjackings and an attempted carjacking in December 2012, are expected to make their initial appearances today in Newark federal court.
Thermitus, Corey and Manning, Jamie Superseding Complaint

January 15, 2014
essex county, n.J., man admits role in armed carjacking
Nathaniel Tullies, an Essex County, N.J., man, today admitted his role in an armed carjacking in Newark on Nov. 8, 2012.
Tullies Information

monmouth county, n.J., man charged with possession of child pornography
Special agents of the FBI arrested Layne Bracht, a Monmouth County man, at his home this morning after discovering alleged images of child sexual abuse on his computer.
Bracht Complaint

warren county, n.J., man admits distributing images of child sexual abuse over the internet
Kevin Rease, a registered sex offender who was formerly employed at a law office in Paterson, N.J., admitted today to distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.
Rease Indictment

deputy director of hudson county correctional center charged with wiretapping fellow workers
Kirk Eady, the deputy director of the Hudson County Correctional Center, surrendered today to law enforcement and was charged by complaint with illegally wiretapping fellow employees.
Eady Complaint

January 14, 2014
Former President Of Vonetex LLC Admits Paying Kickbacks In Connection With TSA Contract For High-Tech Phone Systems
Neil Metzger, the former president of Vonetex LLC, today admitted that he paid nearly $100,000 in kickbacks to benefit himself under a subcontract to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) contract for high-tech phone systems.
Metzger, Neil Information

New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $120.2 Million For Taxpayers In FY 2013
The District of New Jersey collected $120,229,018.44 in FY 2013, which includes $57,792, 671.44 in criminal and civil actions, and – working with partner agencies and divisions – it collected an additional $62,436,347 in asset forfeiture actions.

Vendor Admits to Conspiring to Pay Bribes of $40,000 To NJ Transit Employees
Edward O’Neill, a vendor, admitted today to conspiring to pay bribes of approximately $40,000 to NJ Transit employees to obtain snow removal contracts.
O’Neill, Edward Information
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January 13, 2014

union county, n.J., man admits distributing images of child sexual abuse
Andrew Johnson, a Union County, N.J., man, today admitted distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.
Johnson Information

January 10, 2014
Somerset county, n.J., man admits tax fraud; failed to report more than $500,000 in income
Amadeus Manata, the owner of pizzeria in Manhattan admitted today to underreporting on his tax returns more than $500,000 in income that he kept for his personal benefit.
Manata Information

January 9, 2014
pharmacist charged with paying more than $50,000 in kickbacks to doctor for prescription referrals
Vladimir Kleyman, a pharmacist with a compounding pharmacy in Lakewood, N.J., was arrested today and charged with paying more than $50,000 to a Toms River, N.J., physician to induce the doctor to make prescription referrals to the pharmacy.
Kleyman Complaint

Ohio man admits defrauding charter flight company and other luxury brands of more than $100k in private flights, watches, and hotel stays
Christopher L. Henderson, a resident of Ohio admitted today to defrauding a charter flight company and other luxury brands of more than $100,000 worth luxury goods and services.
Henderson Information

January 8, 2014
Founder of ukraine-Based hardcore child pornography website admits guilt, will be sentenced to 30 years in prison
Maksym Shynkarenko, a Ukrainian man who founded and ran an international hardcore child sexual abuse website today admitted his role in a child exploitation enterprise and agreed to a 30-year prison term.
Shynkarenko Indictment
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business owner charged in $1.2 million procurement fraud
Miriam Friedman, a Bergen County, N.J., woman, was arrested this morning on charges that she fraudulently represented her company as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business in order to obtain more than $1.2 million worth of government contracts set aside for disabled veterans.
Friedman Complaint

January 7, 2014
Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Transporting Women To Work As Prostitutes
James Roy Smith, a Colorado man, today admitted his role in a conspiracy to transport women across state lines for prostitution in New Jersey and other states.
Smith, James Roy Superseding Information


January 6, 2014

Insurance broker, former toms river, n.J., mayor, sentenced in separate schemes involving toms river officials
Frank Cotroneo and Carmine Inteso, a New Jersey insurance broker and the former mayor of Toms River, N.J., were each sentenced today for offenses arising from separate schemes involving officials of Toms River and the former insurance broker for the Toms River Regional School District Francis X. Gartland.

foreign bribery charges unsealed against former chief executive officers of oil services company
Two former chief executive officers of PetroTiger Ltd. – a British Virgin Islands oil and gas company with operations in Colombia and offices in New Jersey – have been charged for their alleged participation in a scheme to pay bribes to foreign government officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), to defraud PetroTiger, and to launder proceeds of those crimes. In addition, PetroTiger’s former general counsel pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges in connection with the same scheme.
Sigelman Complaint
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Weisman Information

south jersey man admits distributing images of child sexual abuse
Gerrett Conover, a Gloucester County, N.J., man, admitted today that he distributed images of child sexual abuse over the Internet.
Conover Indictment

Doctor admits taking bribes in test-Referrals scheme with new jersey clinical lab
Joel Fischgrund, a doctor with a family medicine practice in New Jersey, 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.
Fischgrund Information

oklahoma man sentenced to one year in prison for stealing $2.8 million in textbooks
Christopher Brock, an Oklahoma man previously employed as a textbook salesman for a New Jersey-based publisher, was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for stealing more than $2.8 million dollars in textbooks from his former employer through an elaborate scheme that involved diverting free educational samples intended for professors.

January 2, 2014

Essex county, n.J., man admits role in “Double-Dipping” scheme
Daniel Chalet, an Essex County, N.J., man today admitted his role in defrauding Home Depot Inc. out of more than $470,000 through an elaborate “double-dipping” scheme that he committed at various Home Depot locations, including in New Jersey.
Chalet Information

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