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Hackensack Woman Who Used Identity Theft for $2 Million Bank Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 63 months in Prison


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Hackensack NJ,  a Bergen County, New Jersey, woman was sentenced to 63 months in prison for an elaborate bank frank scheme resulting in losses of more than $2 million, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced.

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Essex County Man Convicted Of Wire Fraud And Massive Identity Theft

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NEWARK NJ, An Essex County, New Jersey, man was convicted for his role in a scheme to steal victims’ personal information, use it to obtain replacement credit cards and then use the cards to purchase high-value items from retailers, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Richard Adebayo, 42, of East Orange, New Jersey, was convicted June 27, 2019, on all counts of an indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 14 counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft following a nine-day trial before Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court. The jury deliberated one day before returning the guilty verdicts.

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SCAM ALERT : disguises it self as legitimate Department of Motor Vehicles Sites

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Ridgewood NJ, If it’s time to renew your vehicle registration or driver’s license, here’s an FYI from the DMV: Imposter websites that promise to handle your paperwork could lead you down a dangerous road. Sites like disguise themselves as legitimate Department of Motor Vehicles, recently popped up in as many as nine states, all on the East Coast. According to AARP many of these sites have since vanished into cyberspace after warnings by state officials, but new ones may appear.

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Two Essex County, Men Charged With $600,000 Credit Card Fraud, Identity Theft Conspiracy

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July 25,2018

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NEWARK NJ,  Two Essex County men were charged today for their alleged roles in a conspiracy that used stolen personal identifying information to open credit cards and defraud a victim bank out of approximately $600,000, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Akintunde Adeyemi, a/k/a “AK,” 33, of East Orange, New Jersey, and Duluth, Georgia, and Oluwaseun Jato, 29, of Newark, are charged by complaint with one count each of bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Jato was arrested this morning in Atlanta and will appear today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Justin S. Anand in Atlanta federal court. Adeyemi is still at large.

According to the complaint:
Between July 2016 and May 2017, Adeyemi, Jato and others conspired to use stolen personal identifying information to fraudulently apply for credit card accounts with an entity referred to in the complaint as “Victim Bank 1.” As part of the conspiracy, Adeyemi obtained the stolen personal information from other conspirators and used it to create the fraudulent credit card accounts.
After establishing the accounts, the conspirators contacted Victim Bank 1 to change the addresses associated with the accounts so that Victim Bank 1 would send the credit cards to addresses controlled by members of the conspiracy, including locations near Adeyemi and Jato’s residences in New Jersey and Georgia. Jato and other conspirators then used the cards at retail stores in New Jersey and Georgia, among other places, to purchase smartphones, tablets, and other high-value items, which were later sold for profit. Overall, the conspirators defrauded Victim Bank 1 of approximately $600,000.
The bank fraud conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, which must run consecutive to any other term imposed.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Judy Ramos, and special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s charges
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas P. Grippo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit and David M. Eskew, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

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Over A Dozen N.J. mayors were forced from office over criminal charges in the Last Decade

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October 1,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey has a long and proud history of public corruption.  A dozen Garden State mayors who have been forced to resign over the past decade due to criminal convictions. Mostly Democrats (10) ,but a few Republicans trying to get in on the action .

Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, a Democrat, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit official misconduct for having employees with the Department of Public Works perform work for the mayor and his family members while bilking the city out of overtime. Torres follows a long line of Mayoral criminality .

Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco, a Democrat, was sentenced in April to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge for soliciting $110,000 in bribes from developers in exchange for sending federal housing funds their way.

Passaic Mayor Samuel “Sammy” Rivera, a Democrat, pleaded guilty in 2008 to extortion for accepting $5,000 in cash from an insurance brokerage firm. Rivera, who was among 11 public officials swept up in a statewide FBI sting, was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Newark Mayor Sharpe James, a Democrat, was convicted in 2008 on federal fraud and conspiracy charges for helping a woman described as his mistress buy nine plots in a city redevelopment zone, among other acts of wrongdoing. James was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, a Democrat, was sentenced in May 2014 to nearly five years in prison in connection with a $119,000 bribery scheme linked to a parking garage project operated by FBI informants.

Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo, a Democrat, was released from prison in December 2014 after serving more than 18 months in federal prison. He was sentenced to 38 months in prison for accepting $12,400 in bribes from Marliese Ljuba, a close friend and health insurance broker for the school district.

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammaranno, a Democrat, was among 44 people swept up in Operation Bid Rig. Cammarano, who’d been in office for only 22 days before his arrest, was sentenced in August 2010 to two years in prison, and later disbarred.

Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, a Democrat, was sentenced in April 2012 to two-and-a-half years in prison after he was convicted of accepting $10,000 in cash through a middleman from Solomon Dwek, as part of Operation Bid Rig. Elwell, who resigned from his position shortly after his arrest, later lost an appeal challenging his conviction.

Northvale Mayor Paul Bazela, a Democrat and a former foreman for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, pleaded guilty to theft in March 2016 to having his workers perform renovations at the home of the commission’s former superintendent, Kevin Keogh, while on agency time. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna, a Democrat, and his wife were each sentenced in 2008 to more than four years in prison for accepting more than $40,000 in gifts and cash campaign contributions from a local bar owner.

Of coarse Democrats don’t have all the fun ;

Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas, a Republican, was sentenced to five years in prison for fraud in connection with a $1.2 million farm deal. Convicted on charges of wire fraud, an illegal monetary transaction, loan application fraud, false statements to the IRS, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation.

Chesterfield Mayor Lawrence Durr, a Republican, was sentenced in April 2016 to four years probation after he admitted to filing false ethics disclosure forms that failed to disclose his financial relationship with a real estate developer. Durr was accused in an indictment of selling development rights on his farm to Renaissance Properties at a profit and then using his official positions to advance the company’s interests in Chesterfield.

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20th guilty plea in $200M credit card scam in NJ


By Adam Hochron April 18, 2017 6:28 PM

TRENTON — With the guilty plea of a New York man for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, nearly two dozen people have admitted to various roles in a scam that netted the conspirators more than $200 million in bogus expenses and purchases.

Habib Chaudhry, 49, of Valley Stream, New York, pleaded guilty on Tuesday. New Jersey’s Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said Chaudhry had initially been charged in February 2013 but had been a fugitive until he was arrested in January of this year.

Fitzpatrick said the scam Chaudhry was involved in was a three-step process that included making fake identities, building up credit ratings for the identities and then borrowing or spending on the credit earned without repayment. He said before they were caught, the conspirators had caused more than $200 million in confirmed losses to businesses and other institutions.

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