Ex-postal worker stole IRS refund checks, feds allege

assetContentNEWARK — A former Monmouth County postal worker was arrested Friday for stealing more than $30,000 in federal tax refund checks through a scheme to steal the identity of others, New Jersey federal prosecutors say. Luis Martin, 24, of Trenton, was charged with stealing government funds when he was arrested by special agents from the IRS’… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Paul Fishman | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Highlands Man Gets 121 months for child porn

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Layne Bracht

Layne Bracht, 32, of Highlands, was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison today for uploading images of child sexual abuse to an online file-sharing network, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

A repeat offender who was convicted in 2006 of possession of child pornography, Bracht admitted in October of 2013 that he knowingly placed images and videos depicting child sexual abuse into shared folders that others could access via a peer-to-peer network. Special agents of the FBI executed a search warrant at his residence in Highlands on Jan. 15, 2014 and seized digital evidence that contained numerous videos and images depicting child sexual abuse, including material involving prepubescent minors and sadistic or masochistic conduct. The digital evidence seized included three files previously downloaded from Bracht by law enforcement agents working in an undercover capacity on the peer-to-peer network.  Brach has been in federal custody since his January 2014 arrest. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas on December 2, 2014.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Irenas sentenced Bracht to serve 15 years of supervised release.

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Posted: May 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Highlands, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Gun Toting Drug Dealers Out On Bail

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AR-15 assault rifle

Two Neptune Township men arrested last week after a month-long investigation revealed they were in possession of 600 decks of heroin ready for sale and three guns; a AR-15 assault rifle, a defaced 9mm handgun and a .40-caliber handgun have been released after posting bail, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Kahil Aziz, 25, already a convicted felon, was released after posting $235,000 bail as set by Neptune Township Municipal Court Judge Robin Wernik. Joel Jones, 30, was released after posting $200,000 bail as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.  No 10% bail option was available to either defendant.

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Posted: May 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Prosecutors want charge reinstated against man accused of shooting NYPD cop in Manalapan

assett content2FREEHOLD — Prosecutors in Monmouth County get a chance to have a burglary charge reinstated against a Staten Island man accused of trying to kill a New York City detective in a relationship with his estranged wife. A trial court judge last November dismissed a burglary charge against Robert Dunbar, and now the state’s highest court… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Manalapan, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Staten Island Scammer Gets 7 Years In Mortgage Scheme

Mario ConigloneMario Coniglione, 51, of the Tottenville section of Staten Island, NY was sentenced to seven years in New Jersey State Prison today for stealing more than $187,000 in mortgage payments from two New Jersey couples, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

Posing as a mortgage broker, Coniglione pocketed over $100,000 from a Freehold couple and $75,000 from a Jackson couple over a 33 month period in 2010 through August of 2013 when he was arrested.  He pleaded guilty to two counts of  second degree theft in December.  In addition to the 7 year sentence,  Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr ordered that Coniglione pay restitution of $187,562.40 to the victims.

 

Posted: April 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Colts Neck Man, 22, Pleads Guilty to Federal Kiddie Porn Charges

gavelChad Weber, 22, of Colts Neck pleaded guilty to one federal count of possession child pornography charges today before U.S. District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton.

Weber admitted possessing sexually explicit images of a 12-year old Pennsylvania girl with whom he had an online relationship in 2013, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

The young man was released on unsecured bail of $100,000 and subject to home confinement with electronic monitoring when he surrendered to federal authorities last June.  He remains free on unsecured bail until his sentencing which is scheduled for June 22, 2015.  The electronic monitoring device was removed from Weber today, according to a spokesman for Fishman.

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Posted: April 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Paul Mulshine | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. babysitter accused of killing baby tells jury: ‘I hit him hard’

assetContentFREEHOLD – The Toms River babysitter accused of shaking a 14-month-old boy to death chronicled for a Monmouth County jury on Tuesday how the child went from being ready for a nap to “completely limp” and struggling to breathe. Michelle Heale, 46, of Toms River, told the jury that 14-month-old Mason Hess was showing signs of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Sharpe James, Bernie Kerik discuss ‘dehumanizing’ criminal justice system

assetContent (66)JERSEY CITY — Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and Bernard Kerik, a former New York police commissioner, appeared at a prisoner re-entry conference at Saint Peter’s University this afternoon to speak out about the horrors they experienced while incarcerated in federal prison. The two men called on officials to reform the criminal justice system, saying there… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bernard Kerik, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Sharpe James | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Hazlet contractor indicted for allegedy bilking Sandy victim out of $120K

assetContent (60)FREEHOLD – A 43-year-old Hazlet home improvement contractor was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury Monday for theft after he allegedly took $120,000 from a Hurricane Sandy victim and then failed to begin the work, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said. Edward Capriani, 43, of Line Road in Hazlet, was arrested in December after an… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Hazlet, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Solomon Dwek, at center of big corruption sting, released early from prison

DwekNEWARK — Solomon Dwek, the federal informer behind the biggest federal corruption sting in New Jersey history, is out of prison and back home. Less than 30 months after being sentenced to six years behind bars—far more than prosecutors were seeking—Dwek this week was let go from the federal prison in Cumberland, Md., and after initially… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »