Alleged gang members charged for roles in drug conspiracy

NEWARK, NJ — Three alleged members and associates of a violent street gang operating in Newark made their initial court appearances on Aug. 6 on charges of conspiring to distribute narcotics, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Zaire Dickerson, aka “Tarzan,” 23; Shaquejah Wilson-Jones, aka “Kiwi,” 23; and Nassir Grimsley, aka “Chop,” 19, all of Newark, […]

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 […]

Gang leader charged with possession of semi-automatic weapon

NEWARK, NJ — A high-ranking member of a set of the Bloods street gang made his initial court appearance July 8 on charges he possessed a weapon as a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Farod Baldwin, 37, of Newark, was arrested July 7 at the Betty Shabazz Village Housing Complex. He is charged […]

Felon admits to possessing guns, being involved in shooting

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County man admitted being a felon in possession of three different firearms on three different days in April and May 2019, and to using one of the firearms in a shooting, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced June 15. Samaad Kelly, aka “Spud,” 33, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before […]

Newark man charged with distributing heroin

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County man made his initial court appearance June 16 after his arrest in North Carolina on drug charges, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Lester Hicks, aka “Mayhem,” 29, of Newark, is charged by complaint with one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute heroin. He made his initial […]

Newark Parking Authority employee admits to narcotics distribution

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County man admitted June 17 to being a felon in possession of two firearms, and to distributing heroin and cocaine base, aka crack, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Aughkay L. Green, aka “K-Boogie,” 49, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden to a three-count indictment […]

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