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January 2015

January 23, 2015
Bayonne Police Officer Charged with Use of Excessive force during Arrest
A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was arrested today and charged with violating a defendant’s civil rights by using excessive force during an arrest that took place in Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as falsifying records in an attempt to conceal the alleged crime.
Lillo, Domenico Indictment

Warren County, New Jersey, Construction Business Owner Admits Concealing Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme
A Belvidere, New Jersey, man today admitted he concealed a mortgage fraud scheme carried out by his wife, a former real estate title agent, in which they obtained seven loans, totaling more than $3.7 million, on two properties located in Belvidere and Wood-Ridge, New Jersey.
Cichy, Zbigniew Superseding Information

January 22, 2015
Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. Contractor Admits Role in Bribery Scheme
A former contractor of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation (NWCDC) today admitted his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving an employee and consultant of the NWCDC.
Porter, James Information

Medical Device Company Manager Sentenced to Prison for Scheme to Defraud Hospitals of $800,000
A regional manager selling medical devices to hospitals for Integra LifeSciences Corp. of Plainsboro, New Jersey, was sentenced to prison today for his role in a scheme to defraud hospitals of more than $800,000.

January 21, 2015
Neptune, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison For Shooting Of Cab Driver, Several Armed Robberies In Monmouth County
A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 276 months in prison for his involvement in a 24-hour crime spree in five separate shore-area towns that involved the shooting of a cab driver and a number of armed robberies.

Real Estate Developer Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Diverting Money From Trenton Affordable Housing Projects
The developer of three Trenton affordable housing projects was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for making 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.

Physician Admits To Billing Medicare And Medicaid For Phantom Physical Therapy Services
A doctor with offices in Newark, Union City, Paterson and Passaic today admitted his role in a three-year scheme to bill Medicare for services that were not provided and services provided by unlicensed and unsupervised providers.
Sabido, Benjamin Information
Sabido, Benjamin Settlement Agreement

Attorney Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison For His Role In Investment And Real Estate Frauds
An Ocean County, New Jersey, attorney was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded investors in connection with a Facebook IPO and several real estate deals.

January 20, 2015
Civil Settlement Reached With Construction Company Falsely Claiming To Be Owned By A Service Disabled Veteran
Veteran Construction Associates LLC (Veteran Construction), a construction company headquartered in Burlington, New Jersey, will pay $1.3 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on government contracts.
Veteran Construction Settlement Agreement

Defendant Sentenced For Role In $65 Million Stolen Identity Income Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
A North Carolina man was sentenced today to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $750,000 in restitution for role in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever prosecuted.

January 16, 2015
Justice Department Requests Applicants For Federal Monitor Of Newark Police Department
The U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications from individuals and organizations interested in serving as the federal monitor of the Newark Police Department (NPD).

Four Members Of ‘Dirty Block’ Atlantic City, New Jersey, Gang Convicted On Drug Conspiracy And Weapons Charges
Four members of a criminal street gang that used threats, intimidation and violence to maintain control of the illegal drug trade in Atlantic City, New Jersey, were convicted at trial today on drug conspiracy and weapons charges.

January 15, 2015
Former Managing Law Clerk For Prominent Law Firm Indicted In Scheme To Trade On Inside Information
A federal grand jury today indicted the managing clerk of the New York office of a prominent, international law firm for his alleged participation in a multi-year insider trading scheme that netted more than $5.6 million in illicit profits.
Metro, Steven Indictment

Morris County, New Jersey, Man Admits Receiving Images of Child Pornography
A Boonton, New Jersey, man today admitted using a computer in his home to download images of child sexual abuse.
Reinmann, Lucas Information

Former Warren County, New Jersey, Title Agent Admits Role in Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme
A former real estate title agent admitted yesterday to carrying out a mortgage fraud scheme in which she obtained seven loans, totaling more than $3.7 million, on two properties located in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey and Belvidere, New Jersey.
Nowak, Ania et. al. Superseding Indictment

New Trial Date Set for Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino and Marc Sorrentino
A new trial date has been set for television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, on charges they did not properly pay taxes on $8.9 million in income Michael Sorrentino received from promotional activities.
Sorrentino, Michael and Marc Continuance Order

January 14, 2015
Orthodox Jewish Rabbi admits conspiring to travel to new jersey to violently extort divorce consent from reluctant husband
An Orthodox Jewish rabbi today admitted conspiring to travel to New Jersey to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce – referred to as a “get” – through threats of violence.
Wolmark, Martin Information

Group of Five Admit Their Roles in Large-Scale stolen identity refund fraud scheme
Five people involved in an extensive scheme to obtain millions of dollars through fraudulently obtained tax refund checks issued by the U.S. Treasury pleaded guilty today in Newark federal court.

Monmouth County, N.J., Man Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for distributing images of child sexual abuse
A Wayside, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for using a computer in his home to distribute images of child sexual abuse.

Owner of Hudson County, New Jersey, Contracting Company admits rigging selection process for union City projects
The owner of a Guttenberg, New Jersey, contracting company today admitted rigging the selection process for projects run by the Union City Community Development Agency (UCCDA), causing losses of at least $120,000.
Fundora, Leovaldo Information

January 13, 2015
Morris County, New Jersey, Man charged with distributing sexually explicit images of children
Special agents of the FBI and officers of the Madison Police Department (MPD) arrested a Morris County, New Jersey, man at his home this morning for allegedly distributing sexually explicit images of children from his home computer.
Hodukavich, Michael Complaint

Corrections Officer Admits Smuggling Cell Phones into essex county correctional facility for cash bribes
An Essex County Corrections Officer today admitted her involvement in a scheme to smuggle contraband, including cell phones, into the Essex County Correctional Facility, a federal pretrial detention facility.
Lespinasse, Channel Information

Former Princeton, N.J. Youth Soccer Coach sentenced to three years in prison for possessing images of sexually exploited children
A former Princeton, New Jersey, youth soccer coach was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse.

Canadian Man Charged in First Federal Securities Fraud Prosecution Involving 'Layering'
A Canadian man was arrested today for allegedly orchestrating a large-scale, international stock market manipulation scheme in the first federal prosecution of securities fraud involving a high-frequency trading strategy known as “layering.”
Milrud, Aleksandr Complaint

January 9, 2015
Former Jersey City Police Officer Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Cigarette Cargo Theft and Extortion
A former Jersey City police officer was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his role in 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.

January 8, 2015
Camden, N.J., Man Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Making Fake Green Cards
A Camden, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in a scheme to produce and sell fake government documents.

Man Who Fled Newark Bank Robbery in Taxi Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

An Essex County, New Jersey, man who robbed a New York Community Bank in Newark and fled by hailing a cab was sentenced today to 24 months in prison.

Insurance Adjuster Sentenced to 32 Months in Prison for defrauding NJ turnpike authority, insurance companies, of $900,000
The owner of a New Jersey-based insurance adjusting company was sentenced today to 32 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the N.J. Turnpike Authority (NJTA) and various insurance companies of at least $900,000.

Leader of Multi-State Scheme to Obtain Real Driver's Licenses with Fraudulent Documents Sentenced to Six Years in Prison
The leader of a criminal organization who ran a multi-state scheme to fraudulently obtain driver’s licenses for illegal aliens and other ineligible individuals was sentenced today to 72 months in prison.

January 6, 2015
Bergen County, N.J. Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion
A Bergen County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for tax evasion.

January 5, 2015
North Jersey Doctor Sentenced to One Year of House Arrest and Three Years' Probation
A doctor with a practice in Paterson, New Jersey, was sentenced today to three years’ probation, which includes one year of house arrest with electronic monitoring, for accepting more than $200,000 in bribes from Parsippany, New Jersey-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) as part of a long-running scheme operated by the lab, its president, and numerous associates.

Former Rockaway Township school superintendent Pleads guilty to attempted witness tampering
The former Rockaway Township superintendent of schools today admitted instructing a witness to lie to the FBI about $4,000 that the witness had previously given to him.
Vitta, Gary Information

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