Law & Justice

October 7, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly ...

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Union man today admitted to accessing his former employer’s computer network and deleting files, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. David Campos, 60, a former information technology employee, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal ...

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UNION, NJ – An investigation that originated in the Union Police Department last year has resulted in charges against a Maryland man for stealing more than $17,000 from three different clients over the course of less than a year. Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Union Police ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the eight former Rutgers University football players facing charges from a credit card fraud scheme was released from jail today without bail after a brief court hearing in which the defendant appeared via a video connection from the county jail. Brendan Devera, ...

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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, 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, N.J. – A former broker and investment adviser Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey was arrested today, Wednesday, for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Basralian is charged ...

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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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