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New Jersey rapper charged in campaign finance conspiracy case in 2012 Election

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Maplewood NJ, A United States entertainer and businessman and a Malaysian financier were charged  in a four-count indictment unsealed today in the District of Columbia for conspiring to make and conceal foreign and conduit campaign contributions during the United States presidential election in 2012, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

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New Jersey Cargo Pilot Indicted On Production Of Child Pornography

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Hamilton NJ, A Mercer County, New Jersey, man, formerly of Ocean County, New Jersey – a cargo pilot who traveled abroad frequently – was indicted today for allegedly using two minors to participate in acts of child sexual abuse, which he video-recorded and imported to the United States, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

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AG Grewal Announces Charges Against 19 Individuals in $11 Million Medicine for-Cash Insurance Fraud Ring

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TRENTON NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (“OIFP”) today announced charges against 19 individuals for their alleged participation in an $11 million “medicine-for-cash” insurance fraud scheme that was run by a Manhattan pharmacy owner and operated across New York and New Jersey.

As alleged in the charging documents, the scheme exploited the fact that pharmacies that purchase prescription drugs from wholesalers or distributors can return those drugs for a partial refund if the drugs expire before being sold. Pharmacies can recoup up to 85 percent of the price they paid for the drugs.

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Hudson County Woman Convicted of Slavery

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Hoboken NJ, A Hudson County, New Jersey, woman was convicted today of charges of forced labor, alien harboring for financial gain, and marriage fraud, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division announced.

Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity, a/k/a “Alia Al Qaternah,” 43, was found guilty on all counts of the indictment against her following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court. The jury deliberated for two hours before returning the guilty verdicts. 

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Hoboken Man Admits Promoting Voter Bribery Scheme

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Hoboken NJ, A Hoboken, New Jersey, man today admitted promoting a voter bribery scheme in two city elections, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Matthew Calicchio, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with using the mails to promote voter bribery from 2013 to 2015 in municipal elections in Hoboken.

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International ‘Malvertiser’ Extradited from Netherlands to Face Hacking Charges in New Jersey

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Defendant Conspired to Expose Millions of Internet Users to Malicious Advertisements Designed to Hack and Infect Victims’ Computers with Malware

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Newark NJ, A Ukrainian national charged with participating in a years-long, international scheme to infect computers with malware through online advertisements – so-called “malvertising” – will appear in Newark federal court today after being extradited from the Netherlands, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced.

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Public Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure at Newark Liberty International Airport

Contact a Health Care Provider if Exposure Suspected

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Newark NJ, On April 16, 2019, an international traveler from Israel who has been confirmed to have had measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport from Tel Aviv. The individual was infectious on that day and may have exposed others to measles. If you were in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport on April 16 between 4 and 8 a.m., you may have been exposed to measles and, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as May 7.

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Five Defendants Linked to Genovese Crime Family Plead Guilty to Loansharking, Check Cashing, Gambling & Money Laundering Schemes in “Operation Fistful”

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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that five defendants pleaded guilty today in connection with criminal schemes that generated millions of dollars through illegal loansharking, unlicensed check cashing, gambling, and money laundering. The schemes were linked to the New York-based Genovese organized crime family.

The defendants were indicted in “Operation Fistful,” a joint investigation by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, conducted with assistance from the New York and Queens County District Attorneys’ Offices and other law enforcement agencies.

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More Potential NJ Measles Exposure in Middlesex, Ocean Counties

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Trenton NJ, The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about a confirmed case of measles in a New York City resident who potentially exposed individuals in Middlesex and Ocean counties on April 22 and 23.

Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:

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Elmwood Park Democrat Mayor Arrested for alleged Interfering with Vote by Mail Ballots

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Elmwood Park NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of FRANCESCO CARAMAGNA (DOB: 04/11/1945; married; retired) of 126 Gilbert Ave., Elmwood Park, N.J. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert ANZILOTTI.

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