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Two Men Indicted for Operating Large-Scale Heroin Mill in Penthouse of Fort Lee,Luxury High-Rise

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Fort Lee NJ, Two men were indicted today for operating a heroin mill out of a penthouse apartment unit in luxury, residential high-rise tower in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Richard Fernandez, 36, and Carlos Mosquea-Diaz, 36, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and fentanyl. Fernandez is also charged with possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. 

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FORT LEE WOMEN CHARGED WITH LEAVING THE SCENE OF A FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

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Fort Lee NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of JUNE REINER (DOB: 6/26/1948; single; retired) of 1512 Palisade Avenue, Unit 9M, Fort Lee, NJ, on a charge of Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Fort Lee Police Department under the direction of Chief Keith Bendul.

At approximately 4:54 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the Fort Lee Police Department received a report of a pedestrian struck by a hit and run vehicle on Main Street near the intersection with Jones Road. Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed a female victim lying in the roadway with serious injuries consistent with having been struck by a motor vehicle. The 61-year-old victim, later identified as Vera P. Zozulevich, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Unit and the Fort Lee Police Department revealed that Zozulevich was attempting to cross Main Street when she was struck by a westbound box truck and then struck again by an eastbound Mercedes-Benz SUV. The box truck remained on the scene, but the Mercedes-Benz, operated by June REINER fled. Witness accounts and surveillance video recovered from the area led investigators to the location of the fleeing vehicle and its driver, June REINER.

As a result of the investigation, June REINER was arrested on December 19, 2018 in Fort Lee and charged with one count of Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1, a 2nd degree crime. REINER is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Fort Lee Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.

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Investigation of fatal hit-and-run in Fort Lee, NJ

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Fort Lee NJ, Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo announces the following information:

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Fort Lee Police Department are investigating a fatal hit-and-run that occurred just before 5:00 p.m. on December 19, 2018, on Main Street in the area of Jones Road in Fort Lee, NJ. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that the 61-year-old female victim was struck by a westbound box truck, then struck again by an eastbound Mercedes-Benz SUV.  The box truck remained on the scene, but the Mercedes-Benz fled the area.  However, the BCPO’s Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Fort Lee Police Department have since located the driver of the Mercedes-Benz SUV, and the driver is in custody.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released at a later time. 

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New York Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Robbing Fort Lee, and Hasbrouck Heights Banks

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Hasbrouck Heights NJ,  A Manhattan man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for robbing banks in Jackson Township, Fort Lee, and Hasbrouck Heights, as well as attempting to burglarize a fourth bank in Englewood between December 2013 and February 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

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Knife Wielding Man Sentenced to 44 Months in Prison for 2017 Bank Robbery in Fort Lee

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Fort Lee Nj,  A Bronx, New York, man was sentenced today to 44 months in prison for robbing a bank in Fort Lee, New Jersey, at knifepoint in January 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Andres Dominguez, 39, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to an information charging him with one count of bank robbery. Judge Walls imposed sentence today in Newark federal court. Dominguez was originally arrested on Jan. 13, 2017.

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Bergen County Man Admits Using Personal Information Stolen From U.S. Service Members To File Phony Tax Returns

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July 20,2018

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Fort Lee NJ,  A Fort Lee, New Jersey, man today admitted generating phony tax refunds using personal identifying information stolen from current and former members of the U.S. army, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Shope Oluwo, 33, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court to an indictment charging him with one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From January through February 2016, Oluwo conspired with others, including Dermot Sutherland, 29, of Philadelphia, to obtain personal identifying information that was stolen from current or former members of the U.S. Army. Oluwo used that stolen information to create fake military identification cards and fraudulent W-2 forms bearing the victims’ names.
Oluwo provided the phony cards and W-2 forms to Sutherland, who posed as the victims and filed phony returns with a tax preparation company. Afterwards, Sutherland received debit cards from the tax preparation company that contained the ill-gotten refunds.

The conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The access device fraud charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a term of imprisonment of two years which must run consecutively to any other prison term. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 26, 2018.

Sutherland previously pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and awaits sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Leigh-Alistair Barzey; postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Judy Ramos; and special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Bryant Jackson in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

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BERGEN BURGLARY TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN ARREST OF BURGLARY DUO

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June 11,2017

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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the arrests of TYRONE GOINS (DOB: 02/14/80; single; and unemployed) of 90 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey and his brother, TRAVIS GOINS (DOB: 01/25/85; single; and employed as a driver) of 44 Brookway Avenue, Englewood, New Jersey. The arrests are the culmination of a three-month-long investigation by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, along with a multi-jurisdictional burglary task force comprised of detectives from Fort Lee, Paramus, Cliffside Park, Tenafly, Saddle River, and Teaneck police departments.

In response to a reported increase of residential burglaries in the eastern part of Bergen County, detectives from the affected towns met and shared information about the burglaries. As a result, a task force was formed and a joint investigation began.

On the evening of June 8, 2017, task force detectives were conducting physical surveillance in the Borough of Cliffside Park. TYRONE GOINS and TRAVIS GOINS were observed in a vehicle that circled the same blocks for a period of time. Shortly after the vehicle left the area, detectives confirmed that a burglary had been committed to a residence on Washington Avenue in Cliffside Park. Detectives were able to locate the suspects’ vehicle and conduct a motor vehicle stop.

TYRONE GOINS and TRAVIS GOINS were each charged with one count of Burglary, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C18-2A(1), a crime of the 3rd degree, for the Washington Avenue, Cliffside Park burglary along with an additional count of Burglary, for an April 27th, 2017 residential burglary to a Cliffside Park residence on West End Avenue. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.

Tyrone GOINS and Travis GOINS are currently lodged in the Bergen County Jail, pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Grewal states that the charges against the defendants are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Fort Lee, Paramus, Cliffside Park, Tenafly, Saddle River and Teaneck Police Departments for their assistance with this investigation.

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Bill Brennan “Bridgegate” Complaint Allowed to Move Forward

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October 13,2016
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Fort Lee NJ, as the Ridgewood blog reported yesterday local activist Bill Brennan sued Christie in municipal court, alleging official misconduct related to the traffic jam.

Christie hired the New York Law Firm of Alston and Bird to defend him tomorrow. The waited until after the 6 O’Clock News aired to serve and file eight pages of evidence proving that they don’t understand NJ practice as it pertains to Probable Cause .

The judge ruled to advance the Bill Brennan’s complaint to the next level, rejecting the attempts by Christie’s lawyers to improperly interject themselves at this stage. On Facebook Brennan’s supporters claim,”
Today, the cause of justice was advanced a single notch…thanks to Bill Brennan!”

The criminal case complaint will now be given to the Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal to consider for indictment. Grewal a Democrat was appointed by Christie ,has some calling for him to recuse given his prior relationship as a Christie appointee. It is felt by Brennan supporters there is need a genuinely impartial special prosecutor to pick this up, indict, try and convict Governor Christie for official misconduct.

The Christie team has immediatly filed an apeal .