Sheriff’s detectives recover handgun, $2K in drugs during stop

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s West Ward, a semiautomatic handgun and close to $2,000 in illegal narcotics were seized the evening of Jan. 16 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested an adult male. According to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics conducted […]

Bloomfield woman indicted for $30M fraud scheme

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County woman and a Canadian man were indicted Jan. 17 for their roles in a securities fraud scheme that induced victims to invest $30 million worth of cash and cryptocurrency based on fraudulent misrepresentations, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Edith Pardo, 68, of Bloomfield, and Boaz Manor, 46, of Toronto, […]

East Orange man shot to death in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating the fatal shooting of Marquis Forman, 27, of East Orange, according to a Jan. 16 press release from the ECPO. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, at approximately 7:42 p.m., Forman was shot on the […]

Two men arrested for morning robbery, assault on Boyden Ave.

Two men arrested for morning robbery, assault on Boyden Ave.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Dequan Lewis, 24, of Vauxhall, and Isaiah Gavin, 18, of Elizabeth, were apprehended by police on Jan. 10 after Maplewood patrol officers responded to 200 Boyden Ave., Avalon Bay Apartments, on the report of a disturbance of a possible robbery or shooting.  According to police, Lewis and Gavin used a crowbar to […]

Former Newark police officer admits to bribery

NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark police officer admitted on Jan. 9 that he solicited and accepted cash payments from a brothel owner in Newark in exchange for protecting brothels from police action, and that he failed to report those cash payments on his personal federal income tax returns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Julio […]

Two corrections officers charged with tampering with records

NEWARK, NJ — Two corrections officers have been charged with falsifying records while on the job at the Essex County Correctional Facility, located on Doremus Avenue in Newark, according to a Jan. 6 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Raymond Distasi, 52, of Roxbury, has been charged with one count of tampering with […]

2 NJ men sentenced to prison for phony debt elimination scheme

NEWARK, NJ — Two New Jersey men were sentenced Jan. 7 to prison terms for their respective roles in using phony monetary instruments to obtain luxury vehicles and other high value items; one of the defendants was additionally convicted of bankruptcy fraud, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Germaine Howard King, aka “Germaine Howard,” 47, of […]

Belleville man charged with mortgage fraud

NEWARK, NJ — A Belleville man has been arraigned on charges that he engaged in a conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud that resulted in potential losses in excess of $1 million, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Jan. 8. Cabral Simpson, 43, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court. He is […]

Caldwell U agrees to pay more than $4.8M in settlement

CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell University has agreed to pay the United States more than $4.8 million to resolve allegations that it engaged in a fraudulent scheme to defraud a federal education benefit program, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Jan. 3. “Caldwell University tried to hoodwink the Department of Veterans Affairs and, worse, veterans themselves, by […]

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