EO man commits health care fraud

NEWARK, NJ — On April 12, an Essex County man admitted his role in a conspiracy to submit false and fraudulent insurance claims for out-of-network chiropractic services that were never performed, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Keasam Johnson, 35, of East Orange, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court […]

Newark man admits to stealing $1.9M from SNAP

NEWARK, NJ — On April 11, an Essex County man admitted his role in exchanging $1.9 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for cash, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jose Perdomo, 34, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count […]

East Orange man charged with money laundering

NEWARK, NJ — An East Orange man was charged March 26 with conspiring to transact in criminal proceeds involving $2.36 million in funds obtained through a business email scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Samora Patterson, 40, is charged by complaint with one count of conspiring to transact in criminal proceeds. According to the complaint, […]

Cedar Grove man sentenced to 50 months in prison

NEWARK, NJ — A Cedar Grove man was sentenced on March 7 in Newark federal court to 50 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud New Jersey state benefit programs, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Brian Catanzarite, 43, a former gym owner, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael […]

Newark man sentenced to year and half in prison for SNAP fraud

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County man was sentenced March 6 to 18 months in prison for his role in a food stamps fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Manuel Venegas, 54, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging him with one count of Supplemental […]

2 Irvington men sentenced to prison for phony check scheme

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County men have been sentenced to prison for their respective roles in a phony check scheme that stole more than $2 million in merchandise from multiple home-improvement stores throughout the country, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Feb. 26. Shadeed Phillips, 33, of Irvington, was sentenced to 12 months and […]

Newark man admits Social Security fraud

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man today admitted on Feb. 25 to defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $200,000, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Fernando Solaris, 63, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to a superseding information charging him with Social Security disability fraud and theft […]

Woman gets three years for stealing more than $500K from mother-in-law

Woman gets three years for stealing more than $500K from mother-in-law

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 7 that Patricia Layton Piccinno, 50, of Boonton, was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison for stealing more than $500,000 from her 80-year-old mother-in-law and her husband, a Bloomfield Police detective. The state had recommended four years in New […]

NJ men charged with bank fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft

NEWARK, NJ — Two North Jersey men were charged Dec. 11 for their respective roles in an alleged conspiracy that used stolen credit cards removed from the mail by U.S. Postal Service employees to defraud banks that issued the cards, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Olagoke Araromi, 22, of Union, and Elhadj Fofana, of Orange, […]