Five members of violent Newark drug enterprise indicted

NEWARK, NJ — Five alleged members of a large-scale narcotics enterprise were charged for their respective roles in several murders, firearms offenses and conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced June 5. Michael Healy, 38, of Montclair, the alleged leader of the enterprise; and Leevander Wade, 39; Ali Hill, 26; Thomas Zimmerman, […]

Newark man admits role in $2 million fraudulent check scheme

NEWARK, NJ — On May 14, a Newark man admitted his role in a phony check scheme that resulted in the theft of more than $2 million in merchandise from multiple home-improvement stores throughout the country, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Lessie Dickerson III, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in […]

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 […]

Newark man convicted of possession of heroin, firearm

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man previously convicted of four felonies in state court and a federal drug distribution crime was convicted by a federal jury on April 4 of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a handgun while committing a drug crime and being a convicted felon in possession of a […]

Grape Street Crips member convicted of murder of bystander

NEWARK, NJ — A member of the Grape Street Crips gang was found guilty April 4 by a federal jury of racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin, and other drug crimes, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Khalil Stafford, aka “Stod” and “Homicide,” 34, of Newark, was convicted following a three-week […]

Newark man convicted of being felon in possession of a firearm

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man has been convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced March 28. Shakey Hoover, 38, was convicted March 27 of one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler […]

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