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Three More Men Charged With Interstate Transport Of $2.3 Million Of Stolen Perfume

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

NEWARK, N.J. – Three more Florida men have been charged for their alleged roles in transporting $2.3 million worth of stolen perfume products out of New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Juan Crespo, 41, of Homestead, Florida, and Felix Castillo, 45, and Asnay Fernandez, 28, both of Hialeah, Florida, were each charged by complaint with one count of conspiring to transport stolen property in interstate commerce. All three defendants are scheduled to appear today in Newark federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre.

Previously, two other defendants, Carlos Duvergel and Yunior Estevez, were charged in this case in June 2018; their charges remain pending.

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

In November 2017, the defendants and others obtained unauthorized access to a warehouse storing perfume products in Edison, New Jersey, and drove away with at least one tractor trailer filled with stolen perfume products. The value of the stolen perfume products is estimated to be $2.3 million.

The count with which the defendants are charged is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offenses.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, and the Edison Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas Bryan, with the investigation leading to these charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah Gould of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Protection Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations against the defendants are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated October 23, 2018

Press Release Number: 18-366