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Law & Justice

January 26, 2023

TRENTON, NJ – The former director of Buildings and Grounds for the Hillsborough Township School District has pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks in return for fraudulent overtime payments in excess of $137,000 according to US Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. Anthony DeLuca, 61, of Raritan, New ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Visitors to the Somerset County Courthouse will now enter the building through the newly dedicated Judge Yolanda Ciccone Courthouse Lobby in the new year. Ciccone was honored for her long service to Somerset County, where she served as the Assignment Judge for 14 years and was ...

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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ - The third and final defendant who concocted a $402,000 GoFundMe "Paying It Forward" scam that went viral nationally was sentenced on Friday to three years in New Jersey State Prison, according to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw. Katelyn McClure, 32, of ...

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TRENTON, N.J. – A North Plainfield man admitted fraudulently obtaining over $850,000 in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, announced on Tuesday. Butherde Darius, 50, of North Plainfield, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter ...

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TRENTON, NJ – A North Plainfield man has admitted to fraudulently obtaining over $850,000 in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.  Butherde Darius, 50, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Lakeland Bank has made a $13 million deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for alleged discrimination against people of color who tried to get mortgages, loans and credit in Newark and minority areas in three New Jersey three counties. This settlement coincides with ...

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Annemarie L. Mueller, who has served 11 years in the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, has been appointed as the new First Assistant Prosecutor. The announcement was made Friday by Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald. "It is a great pleasure that I announce the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Former Somerset County Superior Court Judge John P. McDonald was sworn to office Friday as Somerset County Prosecutor. McDonald took the oath of office in the historic Somerset County Courthouse, administered by former colleague, Somerset County Superior Court Judge Peter J.

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 23-year-old Hillsborough man has been indicted on attempted murder charges in connection with an unprovoked attack during which the victim was stabbed in the back while walking his dog, according to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart. Safi N. Hill, a resident ...

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WASHINGTON -- The ruling issued by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Friday overturning Roe vs. Wade yielded swift response from New Jersey elected officials and women's rights advocates.  Under the SCOTUS decision written for the majority by Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., who grew ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ - A local man accused of taking lewd "upskirting" photographs of a juvenile female at a car dealership in Red Bank last year was indicted today on multiple child sex abuse charges, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.  David M. Chapinski, 41, of Franklin is ...

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HILLSBOROUGH  NJ - Protesters wasted no time voicing their opposition to US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion which would overturn Roe v. Wade, as they gathered at the intersection of Route 206 and Amwell Road on Tuesday evening.  Organized by Our Revolution NJ, the group ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ – Police arrested a Hillsborough man and charged him with 3rd degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance following a vehicle check on Woodfern Road, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart. Taggart provided the following account of the April 22 ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A Somerset County man is one of four suspects charged in a romance scam whose victims were primarily elderly, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. William Kwabena Goeh, 47, of Somerset, Nana Yaw Marfo, 37, of Virginia; and Shannon Braxton, 45, and Chevon Braxton, 42, both ...

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NEW YORK – Lawrence Ray, a.k.a. “Lawrence Grecco” of Piscataway was convicted on Wednesday in a New York federal court after jurors found him guilty on charges brought against him for sex trafficking college students at Sarah Lawrence College in the state over a 10-year period. U.S. Attorney ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey makes another move to crack down on those annoying robocalls. Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced a new partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support investigations of illegal robocalls. New Jersey joins more than 20 states that ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ – A 17-year-old township resident has been charged with 2nd Degree Death by Auto in connection with an Oct. 8 crash that killed a 17-year-old Somerville High School student, according to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Thomas Chirichella. The victim, Vincent "Vinny" Gagliardi, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The family of the black eighth grade boy who was handcuffed by Bridgewater Police following a fight in the Bridgewater Commons Mall Saturday has retained national Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump to represent them, according to a release from the attorney's office. Crump has ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A North Plainfield woman has been charged for fraudulently obtaining over $1 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger. Nivah Garcis, 51, of North Plainfield, is ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A North Plainfield man has been charged with fraudulently obtaining $862,000 in COVID-19 relief loans under the Paycheck Protection Program(PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan payments (EIDL) and using the money to travel, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R.

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey’s anti-bullying statute, already among the nation’s most stringent, will be strengthened even further thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Inspired by Mallory Rose Grossman, a 12-year-old Rockaway student who committed suicide in 2017, the ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred Sunday night, Jan. 9 inside an apartment on Corporal Langon Way. The identity of the victim is not being released. No one else was injured. It is the second ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Members of the Board of Education last night elected Paul Marini president and John Oliver vice-president, with the incumbent president, Jean Trujillo unable to convince her colleagues that she deserved another term as leader of the nine-member board. Marini was elected by an ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A 27-year-old Somerville is free on $10,000 bail after being charged with distribution of kiddie porn showing graphic sexual abuse of prepubescent children in video and photo stills, according to the US Attorney General's Office New Jersey District.  Marcevan Manasse is charged with ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Judiciary has expunged more than 362,000 marijuana and hashish cases from court records since the Marijuana Decriminalization Law became effective July 1. Eligible cases are expunged automatically by the Judiciary. Once a case is expunged, it is removed from the ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy during a ceremony at Raritan Valley Community College Tuesday. In attendance were Piazza's parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza; ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Although cannabis has been decriminalized in New Jersey, under federal law it remains illegal and subject to prosecution on Rutgers property and at university events, university officials said following the release of a task force report on the law’s impact. Earlier this ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A non-profit activist group and 18 students have filed a lawsuit challenging Rutgers’ university-wide COVID-19 vaccine student mandate. Scotch Plains-based attorney Julio Gomez, who is representing Georgia-based Children’s Health Defense and the students, argued in the ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Newark Field Office is embarking on a $50,000 awareness campaign that will encourage residents to report incidents of hate crimes amid rising cases reported throughout the state.  Special Agent in Charge George Crouch on Wednesday announced from ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Former St. Matthias Pastor Rev. Douglas J. Haefner, has been sentenced to seven years in state prison for the theft of more than a half million dollars from the parish for his personal use. The 68-year-old priest pleaded guilty in May to one count of second-degree ...

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