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New Jersey Man Inspired by Hamas Arrested on Terrorism Charges

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Trenton NJ, Karrem Nasr, a 23-year-old from New Jersey, has been arrested by the FBI on charges of attempting to provide material support to the African-based terrorist organization al Shabaab. The arrest comes after Nasr reportedly became inspired to wage Jihad following the October 7 terrorist attacks. He is accused of flying from Egypt to Kenya on December 14 with the intent of joining the terrorist organization. Nasr allegedly communicated with an FBI confidential source, expressing his strong anti-American sentiments and indicating his readiness to engage in violent jihad. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams emphasized Nasr’s willingness to kill and be killed for the jihadist cause, describing America as ‘evil’ in his statements. Nasr is expected to appear in federal court later today.

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FBI Coordinates Multi-agency, “Operation Clean House” to Locate and Arrest Violent Offenders

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Newark NJ, FBI Newark Safe Streets Gang Task Forces based in Newark Headquarters and the North Jersey Violent Crime Task Force based at the Garret Mountain Resident Agency worked with law enforcement agencies in Hudson, Passaic and Essex Counties to organize a month-long effort titled Operation Clean House to proactively locate and arrest violent offenders in a strategic effort to address violent crime. FBI agents, task force officers, and detectives made 29 arrests beginning November 1, through December 1, 2023. The charges range from drug possession, conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and heroin, to manslaughter and murder.

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Two North Jersey Men Charged with Kidnapping

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Paterson NJ, two men have been charged in connection with their respective roles in an armed kidnapping for ransom of a Paterson, New Jersey, resident, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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The King of Con by Thomas Giacomaro and Natasha Stoynoff

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Upper Saddle River NJ, from time to time the Ridgewood blog does book reviews and we just finished the “King of Con ” by Thomas Giacomaro  and Natasha Stoynoff published in 2018 . We received a copy from the author Tom Giacomaro , the “King of Con: himself through a mutual friend  in early February and finally got to reading it this past weekend .

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West New York financial advisor was found guilty on 11 counts of defrauding public health insurance plans out of more than $4 million

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West New York NJ, a West New York financial advisor was found guilty on 11 counts of defrauding public health insurance plans out of more than $4 million and transacting in the criminal proceeds, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

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River Edge Investment Advisor indicted for stealing over $3 million from five clients

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River Edge NJ, a former broker and investment advisor was indicted for stealing more than $3 million from five clients, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

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United States Seized and Files Forfeiture Action to Recover over $54 Million of Cryptocurrency From New Jersey Internet Drug Ring

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Lake Hopatcong NJ,  the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a civil forfeiture action today to recover $54 million of cryptocurrency that it previously seized and is traceable to the proceeds of an illegal narcotics distribution scheme operating in and around New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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Paterson Man Arrested in Connection with Seven Armed Robberies of Pharmacies in North Jersey

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Paterson NJ, A Passaic County, New Jersey man arrested in connection with seven armed robberies of pharmacies made his initial appearance today in Newark federal court, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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Huge Rise in “Sextortion” Crimes

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Ridgewood NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone to use social media safely as our Cyber Crimes Unit has seen an uptick in sextortion scams. If you are a victim, report the crime to your local police department. The FBI has seen a huge increase in the number of cases involving children and teens being threatened and coerced into sending explicit images online—a crime called sextortion.

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Clifton Man Charged in $13 Million Technology Support Scam Targeting over Seven Thousand Victims

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Clifton NJ,  a Passaic County, man was arrested today in connection with a technical support scam that targeted more than 7,000 victims in the United States, consisting mainly of small business owners and the elderly, defrauding those victims of more than $13 million, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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FOUR MEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH NOVEMBER 2022 ARMED HOME INVASION IN MAYWOOD

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Maywood NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of DERICK DE LA ROSA (DOB: 8/27/2003; single; unemployed) of 1432 Crotona Park East, Apt 2-B, Bronx, NY;  ISMAEL CARRASCO-DE LA ROSA (DOB: 9/06/1990; single; unemployed) of 229 Kingston Avenue, Yonkers, NY; JOAQUIN PORTORREAL-GARCIA (DOB: 11/22/2001; single; unemployed) of 1440 Crotona Park East, Apt 2-C, Bronx, NY; and FRANCISCO ROJAS-CORPORAN (DOB: 12/17/1993; single; unemployed) of 642 Hanson Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ on armed robbery related charges.  The arrests are the result of a joint investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Maywood Police Department under the direction of Chief Terrance R. Kenny.

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Two Men Charged in $470,000 Condo Kick Back Scheme in Jersey City

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Jersey City NJ, Two New Jersey men were charged, and another previously pleaded guilty, for participating in a kickback scheme to defraud the owner of a condominium complex in Jersey City of $470,000, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

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911 Call Leads To Discovery of “Destructive Devices” in Mays Landing

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Mays Landing NJ, an Atlantic County,  man was charged today with possessing destructive devices, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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SEC Charges Twice-Convicted Fraudster Eliyahu Weinstein of Lakewood and Five Others in $38 Million Ponzi Scheme

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Lakewood NJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission today charged six individuals with a multi-million dollar Ponzi-like fraud scheme orchestrated by criminal recidivist Eliyahu Weinstein of Lakewood, New Jersey.

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Three Elizabeth Men Charged in Multiple Burglaries Targeting Residential Homes in Affluent Areas in Bergen County

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Saddle River NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of STEVEN RUGELES (DOB: 01/06/1993; married; unemployed) of 1204 Fairmount Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ; SANTIAGO CAMARGO-ROJAS (DOB: 05/03/1999; single; unemployed) of 738 Seaport Drive, Elizabeth, NJ; and NICHOLAS BUITRAGO-GRILLO (DOB: 2/01/2000; single; unemployed) of 738 Seaport Drive, Elizabeth, NJ on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, money laundering, receiving stolen property, possession of false government documents and possession of burglar tools. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and several other Bergen County police departments.

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