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 […]

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, […]

Restructuring of U.S. Attorney’s Office leads to significant results in first year

Restructuring of U.S. Attorney’s Office leads to significant results in first year

NEWARK, NJ — One year after U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito reorganized the structure of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, overall criminal prosecutions have increased 51 percent, including a 65-percent jump in violent crime prosecutions, a 39-percent jump in narcotics-related prosecutions and a 15-percent jump in white collar crime prosecutions, according […]

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 gang member sentenced to 19 years in prison

NEWARK, NJ — A member of the New Jersey set of the Grape Street Crips was sentenced on March 4 in Newark federal court to 19 years in federal prison for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy that involved using other gang members to intimidate a witness during a state criminal trial, as well as […]

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