The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force and Volunteer Lawyers for Justice will host a joint legal clinic today, 9am – 12:30pm, at the Bayshore Activity Center, (Seabrook-Wilson House), 719 Port Monmouth Road in Port Monmouth.
The Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force is comprised of representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the FBI, IRS, NJ Division of Taxation, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) provides comprehensive legal services to economically-disadvantaged adults, children, and families in New Jersey through volunteer attorneys recruited and trained by VLJ. Programs include free legal counsel and advice, educational seminars on various legal matters, and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues.
Anyone in need of legal assistance due to issues that have arisen as a result of Superstorm Sandy is encourage to attend today’s clinic or to call the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force at (855) SANDY-39 of VLJ at (855) 301-2525.
Posted: December 10th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County Prosecutor, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Superstorm Sandy, Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force, VLJ, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice | No Comments »
By Tommy DeSeno
What helps a city fight crime? Media attention. Crime fighters don’t wish to be seen losing in the media.
Asbury Park’s gun crimes and murders get less television attention than other cities because it’s small and far from New York and Philadelphia. News 12 has to cover the state. The responsibility for keeping attention on unsolved murders in Asbury Park falls then on the Asbury Park Press.
Regarding Asbury Park killings, we’ve seen the Monmouth County prosecutor blame the city police, the county prosecutor make no progress himself and everyone blame the City Council. It was announced last week that state troopers will patrol the city, but car patrols lend themselves mostly to traffic tickets.
Left out of the conversation thus far is a very important crime fighter — U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. He is a well-schooled, honorable lawyer who has spent his career fighting crime, including a concentration on illegal narcotics, the antecedent problem that leads to gangs and murder.
Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie built a legacy of putting corrupt politicians in jail. Former U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani prosecuted organized crime. Fishman can have a more honorable distinction than both of them — saving young lives and removing fear from a community.
Nationwide, the U.S. Attorney’s office has a nearly $2 billion budget, and New Jersey’s district is the fifth largest in America, with 145 lawyers and support staff. Fishman has resources. More importantly, he wields an effective crime-fighting law: The Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations statute (RICO).
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Posted: December 8th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment | Tags: Asbury Park, Asbury Park Crime, Asbury Park Gangs, Gangs, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, RICO, Tommy DeSeno, U.S. Attorney's Office | 4 Comments »
Karwan family photo via News12′s facebook page.
Michael Karwan, the missing autistic teenage who was located in Cleveland, Ohio last night, has been reunited with his parents, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Grammiccioni.
Grammiccioni said that Karwan, 19, was reported missing from his parents’ home on Tuesday, Nov. 19, sparking an intensive search of the region that spread into upstate New York. Over the next week, Karwan traveled by bus from Monmouth County to Manhattan and from New York via Philadelphia and Pittsburgh before arriving in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon his arrival in Cleveland on Saturday, Karwan attempted to check-in to an overcrowded men’s shelter run by Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (LMM), but was referred to the Volunteers of America (VoA) shelter.
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Posted: November 27th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Autism, Marlboro, Monmouth County Prosecutor, News | Tags: Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Autism, Marlboro, Michael Karwan, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office | No Comments »
Dante Strong, top right. photo from Strong’s facebook page
Dante Strong, 18, of Long Branch was charged with the murder of Adrian Anderson, 23, also of Long Branch, yesterday according to a statement released by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Officers from the Long Branch Police Department were in the area of Central Avenue and Liberty Street in Long Branch around 2:29 a.m. on September 21, 2013, when they heard gunshots. Officers responding to the sounds of gunfire and were flagged down by several people at 135 Liberty Street, where they found the victim on the front porch, unconscious and bleeding from several gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune Township, where he was pronounced dead at 5:22 a.m., despite the efforts made to save his life by medical personnel.
A joint investigation was launched by the Long Branch Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office. During the course of the investigation, Strong was linked to an armed robbery the morning prior to the shooting, near the intersection of Central Avenue and Ellis Avenue in Long Branch, less than one block from where the victim was killed.
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Posted: November 8th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Long Branch, Monmouth County | Tags: Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Adrian Anderson, Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Dante Strong, Long Branch, Long Branch Police, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office | 7 Comments »
NJ Department of Corrections photo
Bryan Burford, 21, of Asbury Park was arrested today and charged with the August 16 murder of Tyrell Howard, 20, also of Asbury Park, according to a statement from Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramicconi.
Burford was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose. He is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. Judge Joseph Oxley set Burford’s bail at $1 million with 10% cash option.
Burford was convicted of Aggravated Assault in April of 2011. He was released from the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility on May 23 of this year, according to the NJ Department of Corrections.
Posted: October 6th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Guns | Tags: Asbury Park, Bryan Burford, Christopher Gramiccioni, Judge Joseph Oxley, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Tyrell Howard | 2 Comments »
The Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force and Volunteer Lawyers for Justice will be holding a legal clinic to assist Sandy survivors on Thursday afternoon, September 19, from 2pm -4:30pm at the Bayshore Activity Center, 719 Port Monmouth Ave, Port Monmouth, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Department of Consumer Affairs, FBI, IRS, New Jersey Division of Taxation, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies will be on hand to provide information and assistance to anyone in need.
Attorneys from the Disaster Legal Response Program launched by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice will also be available to consult with people and provide free legal advice. Those requiring further assistance may be referred to volunteer outside counsel (financial eligibility requirements apply).
The hotline for the Monmouth County Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force is (855) SANDY-39. Volunteer Lawyers for Justice may be reached at (855) 301-2525.
Posted: September 17th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Community Announcements, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice | 1 Comment »
A Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a Toms River man by a Monmouth County Grand Jury.
Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni
Shane (aka Shaine) Wood, 48, the principle of Reliable Roofing and Siding, was charged in the four count indictment with providing a fraudulent insurance certificate and working as an unregistered contractor after state authorities revoked his registration, Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced this afternoon.
Wood is charged with fourth degree counts of Forgery, Uttering a Forged Instrument, Failure to Register with the state Division of Consumer Affairs, and Failure to Provide a Written Contract. Fourth degree offenses carry a maximum 18-month prison term, if convicted.
Wood was arrested in July after an investigation by the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force revealed he sub-contracted with a general contractor to perform roof repair work on a Monmouth Beach property in late-January 2013 as the principal of Reliable Roofing and Siding.
The general contractor required Wood’s Reliable Roofing and Siding to provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance reflecting Wood’s company was covered for New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Wood transmitted a document purporting Reliable Roofing and Siding was covered by the John Hill Insurance Company, but later learned Wood supplied a fraudulent document according to the insurance company.
The general contractor contacted the Superstorm Sandy Fraud Task Force prompting the criminal investigation.
Wood was released after posting $10,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.
Posted: September 10th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office | 1 Comment »
Monmouth County Needs Regional Law Enforcement
There were three shootings in Asbury Park this afternoon, according to a report at NJ.com.
The shooting happened around noon on Mattison Avenue, near Langford Street, Detective Lt. David DeSane said. As of around 2 p.m., DeSane said he did not know the extent of the injuries.
Two people in the area, who asked not to be identified, said they heard four or five shots, but did not know what happened.
In the triCityNews last week, publisher Dan Jacobson said there have been four fatal shootings in the city, population 16,132, so far this year.
In their award winning series, Gripped by violence, published last October, four days before Superstorm Sandy, the Asbury Park Press said there had been an average of one shooting per week in Asbury Park through October 25, 2012 and that the city was second only to Camden in terms of violent crimes in New Jersey. That’s right, Asbury Park is more dangerous than Newark, Trenton and Jersey City, where there were also three shootings today.
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Posted: August 25th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Dan Jacobson, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office | Tags: Asbruy Park Press, Asbury Park, Asbury Park Sun, Camden, Camden Regional Policing, Crime, Dan Jacobson, Gangs, Governor Christie, Gun Violence, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, NJ.com, Star Ledger | 10 Comments »
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Colts Neck Police Department are investigating the stabbing of a 41-year old woman in her Bray Street. home.
The incident occurred around 12:30 am on Sunday morning.
The suspect is reportedly a skinny white male with dirty blond hair in his early twenties who was wearing a yellow shirt and backpack. He is reported to have been hitchhiking on Route 34 between Clover Hill Road and Bray Street when he followed the woman to her home and stabbed her multiple times. He fled with her car.
The woman’s car was later found in the Strathmore Shopping Center in Aberdeen.
The victim, who has not been identified, survived the attack and is being treated in a local hospital.
Anyone with information is asked to call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443 or the Colts Neck Police Department at 732-780-7323.
Posted: July 8th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Crime, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: Colts Neck, Colts Neck Police, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office | No Comments »
(FREEHOLD) An extensive investigation into a $1 million-a-week organized gambling enterprise operating in the Monmouth County region culminated Monday with the arrest of 22 individuals, the seizure of a dozen vehicles, more than $500,000 in cash, and the freezing of financial accounts used to facilitate the criminal activity, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
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The 18-month joint investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Asbury Park, Deal, Freehold Township, Howell, Marlboro, Ocean, Red Bank and Wall Police Departments culminated Monday with the execution of search and arrest warrants with the assistance of the officers from the Long Branch, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Toms River, and West Long Branch Police Departments.
The investigation revealed a well organized gambling enterprise extending throughout Monmouth County and into Somerset, Essex, and Hudson Counties and the State of New York. Members of the enterprise laundered the proceeds of their criminal activity through various methods to avoid reporting requirements and to mask the true ownership and source of the ill gotten gains. Additionally, it was discovered members of the organization also engaged in the sale and distribution of marijuana and prescription drugs.
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Posted: June 25th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County Prosecutor, Press Release | Tags: Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Operation Shore Bet, Press Release | 6 Comments »