Father and son sentenced to prison for food stamps scheme

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County father and son have been sentenced to prison for their roles in exchanging $3.49 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for cash, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced March 5. Jose Perdomo, 35, of Newark, was sentenced to 15 months of home detention and five years of probation. He […]

Former Newark police officer found guilty of fraud conspiracy

NEWARK, NJ — On Feb. 24, a former Newark police officer was found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring to defraud the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation, and giving kickbacks to its former executive director, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Following a 10-day trial before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton, Janell Robinson, […]

Orange man sentenced to 3 years for bank fraud, ID theft

NEWARK, NJ — An Orange resident was sentenced Feb. 11 to three years in prison for his role in a scheme to use credit cards stolen by mail carriers from the mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Elhadj Fofana, 23, of Orange, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kathryn Hayden to an information charging […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Former mail carrier admits stealing credit cards from the mail

NEWARK, NJ — A former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier admitted on Dec. 18 that he had intercepted and removed envelopes containing credit cards from the mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jaquan Miller, 30, of Bloomfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden in Newark federal court to an information charging him with […]

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