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 […]

Newark man enters guilty plea in vehicular homicide

NEWARK, NJ — Gustavo Palomo, 39, of Newark, pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide for causing the death of 19-year-old Jaleel McCauley, of Newark, according to a Dec. 30 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange for his guilty plea, entered before presiding Criminal Division Judge Ronald Wigler, Palomo is expected to […]

Tax preparer admits conspiring to commit tax fraud

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Maplewood tax preparer admitted her role in conspiring to defraud the IRS and filing false personal tax returns for a New Jersey business owner and two other individuals, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a Dec. 30 press release. Zenobia Williams, 52, of Maplewood, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin […]

Essex County jury convicts serial killer on all counts

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County jury convicted serial killer Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 23, of Orange, on three counts of murder in connection with the deaths of three young women he killed between August and November 2016, and the kidnapping, sexual assault and attempted murder of a fourth woman, according to a Dec. 23 press release […]

Law enforcement seizes more than $9,000 in drug-trafficking investigation

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an on-going investigation into drug trafficking in Newark’s West Ward, more than $9,000 in illegal narcotics and narcotics sales were seized Dec. 26 as Essex County sheriff’s detectives arrested two adult males, according to a press release from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers […]

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