Law & Justice

July 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – A Georgia man admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States by filing false income tax returns and a Union man has previously pleaded guilty to his role in the fraud and awaits sentencing. Damien Askew, 39, of Union pleaded guilty in June 2017 to conspiracy to defraud the IRS ...

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TRENTON, N.J. – A Passaic man was sentenced yesterday to 92 months in prison for robbing six banks, including one in Union, in June and July of 2016, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Quentin Morales, a/k/a “Quinton Morales,” 27, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – A Newark police officer was convicted of reckless manslaughter in the death of a man outside Paddy’s Place in Union in May 2016, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday. The officer, Joseph Macchia, 37, was convicted of fatally shooting ...

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UNION, NJ – Former Union High School teacher Jenye Viki Knox, who resigned six years ago, settled her lawsuit against the district for $132,500 on June 5. The settlement awards Knox $132,500:  $24,500 for back wages, $63,833.33 for claims of emotional distress and $44,166.67 for attorney's fees ...

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Newark, NJ – A Union man has been convicted of robbing a carpenter in the parking lot of a Springfield Avenue restaurant in Irvington during the predawn hours of Easter Sunday, 2017, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino. An Essex County jury convicted Tariq Thompson, 39, ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – The owner and operator of Full Spectrum Consulting LLC in Union has admitted to preparing fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of her clients, causing losses of over $320,000, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. Toni Ciullo, 43, of Union, pleaded guilty before U.S.

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Union man was one of two men arraigned Tuesday for their alleged roles in a phony check scheme that stole over $2 million in merchandise from multiple home-improvement stores throughout the country, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.  Lessie Dickerson III, 33, of Union, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Scott Peterson, assistant prosecutor in the trial for April Wyckoff’s murder, was honored as part of the county prosecutor’s office’s National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week. Peterson was honored along with Ted Merced, a veteran detective, and Azucena “Susie” Arias, a victim/witness ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union man accused of stabbing his father to death and setting the home on fire last May has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison, announced acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan on Monday. Jeffrey Adams, 21, must serve at least 85 percent of that term before the ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Investigators are seeking the public's help in solving the two-year-old murder of a Rahway sneaker entrepreneur, releasing surveillance videos of the two suspects fleeing the scene, Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday. A $10,000 reward is being offered for ...

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UNION, NJ – Law and justice is in Jim Ford’s blood. A lifelong Union resident, Ford, 65, retired as a Chatham Township police officer after 26-years of service.  He began his career as a Junior Police Officer in Union when he was a junior at Union High School.   Ford just published his ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic man admitted Tuesday to robbing a Union Wells Fargo bank and five other banks in Hudson, Union, and Passaic counties in June and July of 2016, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Quentin Morales, a/k/a “Quinton Morales,” 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Union man has admitted to stabbing his father to death last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday. Jeffrey Adams, 21, pleaded guilty Monday before state Superior Court Judge William Daniel to a single count of first-degree aggravated ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – An Essex County man has admitted to driving drunk and causing the 2016 two-vehicle crash in Union that left one Irvington woman dead and two others seriously injured, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Tuesday. Patrick Colombo, 29, of Irvington pleaded ...

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According to numerous news reports, corruption and bribery charges against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez are being dropped by the Justice Department. Senator Menendez released the following statement through his Communications Director, Tricia Enright: “From the very beginning, I never wavered in my ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – A Union man has been sentenced to 70 years in state prison for the murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend and for desecration of human remains by scattering her remains in at least two locations in North Jersey. According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office today, ...

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UNION, NJ - An accident that occurred approximately 3:30am Sunday morning has caused lane closures on Route 22 West.  According to police, a car struck a pole, knocking out power in the area, which has since been restored.  Both lanes of Route 22 West were closed, but currently the left lane ...

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UNION, NJ – A five-count indictment has been returned against a Union man charged with fatally stabbing his father in May, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Friday. Jeffrey Adams, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated arson, third-degree ...

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NEWARK, NJ – A Union woman is among those arrested Wednesday and charged with using “straw buyers” to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans from a bank, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick. Raquel Casalinho, 37, of Union, Victor Santos (a/k/a Vitor Santos), 57, of Watchung, ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union man was found guilty on all charges in the case of the murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend nearly four years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Wednesday. The jury convicted Matthew Ballister III, 47, of first-degree murder, two counts of ...

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NEW YORK, NY – The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday. Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholders joined students, teachers and administrators of the Union County Vocational Technical in marking the opening of the new Law and Justice Mini Academy, a four-year program designed to prepare students for careers in public service, law, and criminal ...

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