Newark, Irvington men arrested for fraudulent debit card scheme

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County men were arrested April 9 for their roles in a fraudulent debit card scheme, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Alateef Perry, 43, of Newark, and Rajohn Dawkins, 25, of Irvington, are charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit access device fraud. According to documents filed in this […]

U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes COVID-19 fraud, price-gouging

NEWARK, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced an update on the office’s enforcement efforts to combat COVID-19 related fraud, including schemes targeting the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Unemployment Insurance programs, and schemes involving the price-gouging and hoarding of critical personal protective equipment, according to an April 2 press […]

Three South Orange and Newark men admit to defrauding banks

NEWARK, NJ — Three Essex County men admitted to conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced March 4. Alexander Varice, 22, and Dashawn Duncan, 27, both of South Orange, and Nasheed Jackson, 24, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District […]

Additional corruption charges added to indictment against former Orange public official

ORANGE, NJ — The former acting business administrator for the township of Orange, who had previously been indicted for multiple acts of corruption and fraud, was indicted Sept. 29 on additional conspiracy, wire fraud and kickback-taking charges in a superseding indictment, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Willis Edwards III, 49, formerly of East Orange and […]

Four charged in scheme to steal mail and commit bank fraud

NEWARK, NJ — Four people were arrested Sept. 17 for their roles in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud, including soliciting U.S. Postal Service employees to steal checkbooks and credit cards from the mail; depositing fraudulent checks, including pandemic relief checks; and using credit cards without authorization, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jeffrey Bennett, 26, […]

Bloomfield police arrest four in ATM bank fraud case

Bloomfield police arrest four in ATM bank fraud case

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — On Monday, Aug. 17, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Bloomfield police officers observed unusual activity at Santander Bank ATMs located at 667 Bloomfield Ave. and 1027 Broad St. in town. On Tuesday, Aug. 18, between the hours of 3 and 4:30 a.m., officers conducted multiple motor vehicle stops on vehicles whose occupants were […]

NJ Transit supervisor sentenced to 5 years for theft of millions

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced Aug. 21 that Richard E. Schade, a supervisor at NJ Transit who masterminded a scheme to steal millions from the transit agency, was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison by Superior Court Judge Arthur Batista. Schade, 63, of Lumberton, was a […]

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