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 […]

Cedar Grove man admits role in $5.3M compounded prescription drug scheme

NEWARK, NJ — On July 29, an employee of a public university in New Jersey admitted his role in a scheme to defraud public and private health benefits programs of at least $5.3 million for the billing of medically unnecessary compounded prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. John Cuffari, 58, of Cedar Grove, pleaded guilty […]

Former Orange acting business administrator indicted on corruption, fraud and tax charges

Former Orange acting business administrator indicted on corruption, fraud and tax charges

ORANGE, NJ — The former acting business administrator for the township of Orange has been charged in a 28-count indictment with conspiracy, bribe-taking, money and property fraud; federal tax fraud; and making false statements in connection with a mortgage, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a July 8 press release. Willis Edwards III, 49, formerly […]

Essex County man charged in large-scale car theft scheme

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County man has been arrested and charged with running a large, multistate car theft and fraud ring, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced July 8. Warren Guerrier, 43, of Newark, was arrested by special agents of the FBI and is charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit wire […]

Ten charged in mortgage fraud scheme

Ten charged in mortgage fraud scheme

NEWARK, NJ — Ten defendants have been indicted and are being arraigned on charges that they allegedly engaged in a countywide mortgage fraud scheme that included racketeering, theft, tampering with records and money laundering, according to a May 29 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The scheme included the abuse of the New […]

Former USPS employee admits to defrauding Office of Workers Compensation

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County woman admitted May 4 to defrauding the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers Compensation, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Janeide Chillis, 53, of Irvington, pleaded guilty by teleconference before U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton to an information charging her with one count of making false statements and committing […]

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