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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Brooklyn, New York, man was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for transporting stolen jewelry across state lines, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Tony Newton, 62, of Brooklyn, New York, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an indictment charging him with two counts of interstate transportation of stolen goods. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentenced today in Newark federal court. 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On June 1, 2022, and July 16, 2022, Newton transported stolen jewelry across state lines from Middlesex and Union counties, New Jersey, to New York. Newton admitted to two additional burglaries of mall jewelry stores in Bay Shore, New York, and Milford, Connecticut.  The four burglaries and thefts resulted in retail losses of $804,227.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Newton to three years of supervised release, ordered restitution of $804,227 and forfeiture of $804,227.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited FBI Newark’s Transnational Organized Crime Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor William Daniel and Chief Harvey Barnwell; officers of the Edison Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Tom Bryan; and officers of the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Director Earl Graves and Chief Giacomo Sacca, with the investigation.  He also thanked officers of the Suffolk County, New York, Police Department and the Milford, Connecticut, Police Department.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Farhana C. Melo of the OCDETF/Narcotic Unit in Newark.

Updated June 14, 2024

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Press Release Number: 24-231