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Minneapolis-Based “SportsHub” to Pay $30,000 for Unlawfully Operating a Fantasy Sports Site in New Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs (“the Division”) today announced that SportsHub Games Network, Inc. (“SportsHub”) has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil penalty for unlawfully operating an online fantasy sports site in New Jersey without a permit. The Minneapolis-based games provider also agreed to change its business practices to resolve allegations that its conduct violated the state’s consumer protection laws by, among other things, failing to clearly and conspicuously disclose that SportsHub collects personal information from consumers’ social media accounts and that it shares certain personal information with third parties.

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Catholic Priest Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Teenager in 1990s

First guilty plea secured by Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Task Force

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Phillipsburg NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to prison today for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the early 1990s.  He is the first defendant to be charged and convicted by the Clergy Abuse Task Force formed by Attorney General Grewal in September 2018. 

Father Thomas P. Ganley, 64, of Phillipsburg, N.J., was sentenced to four years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus in Middlesex County.  He pleaded guilty on April 8 to second-degree sexual assault.  In pleading guilty, he admitted that he engaged in sexual acts with the victim when she was 16 or 17 years old, at a time when he had supervisory authority over her.  Ganley was a priest at Saint Cecelia Church in the Iselin section of Woodbridge when the criminal acts occurred and had supervisory authority over the victim as head of the Youth Ministry for the parish.

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Lawmaker Calls Taxpayer-Funded Benefits for Illegal Immigrants Outrageous

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Sparta NJ, College students without legal status are receiving nearly $4 million in student aid to attend two-year and four-year schools, according to 2019 data released by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.

Assemblyman Hal Wirths said that is outrageous, and taxpayers should be wholly benefitting from the fruits of their own labor.

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“Operation Cryptosweep,” Shuts Down Two Cryptocurrency Promoters Offering Unregistered Securities

Utah Software Engineer Mints Physical Bitcoins

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Ridgewood NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced that the Bureau of Securities (“the Bureau”) today issued two emergency orders to stop online cryptocurrency-related investment entities from fraudulently offering unregistered securities in New Jersey.

The Cease and Desist Orders against Zoptax LLC a/k/a Zoptax and Unocall were announced today as part of “Operation Cryptosweep,” an international crackdown on fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) and crypto currency-related investment schemes.

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State Board of Medical Examiners Temporarily Suspends License of Glen Rock Doctor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Two Female Patients

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Glen Rock NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that the State Board of Medical Examiners (“the Board”) has temporarily suspended the license of a Bergen County doctor following his arrest on charges of sexually assaulting two female patients during office visits.

Carl J. Renner, who practiced in Hasbrouck Heights, was arrested by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) on June 6 and charged with second-degree sexual assault on a female patient who reported the alleged incident to police on June 3.

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AG Grewal Announces Distribution of Recovered Funds to Cancer Centers After Lawsuit Against Sham Cancer Charities

TRENTON NJ, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the distribution of $2.5 million to cancer centers across the country, the result of coordinated litigation pursued in 2015 by all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against sham cancer charities.

The $2.5 million was recovered through settlement of a landmark lawsuit against four affiliated sham charities – the Cancer Fund of America, Inc., The Breast Cancer Society, Inc., Cancer Support Services, Inc., and the Children’s Cancer Fund of America – and their founder James Reynolds and other individuals.

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AG Grewal Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Twenty Generic Drug Companies, Alleging Price Fixing

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Trenton NJ,  Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that New Jersey and a coalition of 43 other States have filed a lawsuit accusing 20 generic drug companies of conspiring to artificially inflate the prices of over one hundred generic drugs, in violation of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws.

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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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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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