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N.J. man who disguised foreign donations to Obama campaign gets probation


By Thomas Moriarty | NJ Advance Media for
on February 02, 2017 at 2:14 PM, updated February 02, 2017 at 3:17 PM

NEWARK — A Bergen County man was sentenced Thursday to a year of federal probation after admitting he helped disguise $80,000 in foreign contributions to Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign committee in order to help Albanian politician attend a campaign event.

Bilal Shehu, of Paramus, previously pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Newark to charges he “knowingly and willfully” made foreign contributions to the committee, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

The case stemmed from an appearance Shehu and Edi Rama, head of the Albanian Socialist Party and now the country’s prime minister, made at an October 2012 Obama campaign event in San Francisco.

Prosecutors say Rama was denied admission to the event but managed to be photographed with the president.

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Bookkeeper from Dumont nine-year sentence for embezzling $500K but Ex-Ridgewood inspector gets Probation?


Bookkeeper from Dumont draws nine-year sentence for embezzling $500K from Ramsey company

OCTOBER 2, 2015, 5:56 PM    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015, 5:58 PM

A bookkeeper who authorities said embezzled more than $500,000 from a Ramsey flooring company and lost most of it gambling at casinos was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison.

Monica P. Arencibia, 51, of Dumont told state Superior Court Judge Margaret M. Foti that she has been living “under the control of a dark secret” — a gambling addiction — and that she wished she could “undo” the harm she had caused.

She acknowledged that she had “violated the trust” of her employer, Gary Perazzo, the owner of Modern Floor Co., Inc., and said she had wanted to tell him what she was doing, but felt “too ashamed.”

Ex-Ridgewood inspector apologizes for stealing nearly half a million dollars in quarters

JULY 9, 2014, 2:39 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014, 2:57 PM

HACKENSACK — Ridgewood’s former public works inspector repeatedly apologized on Wednesday for stealing nearly half a million dollars in loose parking meter quarters from the village.

“I am sorry for what I have done,” Thomas Rica told Judge Patrick Roma moments before being sentenced to five years’ probation. “I am very sorry. I’m…I’m just sorry.”

Rica, who lives in Hawthorne, was employed by the village for 10 years before his arrest early last year.

As part of a plea deal accepted by Roma Wednesday, Rica plead to four counts of third-degree theft, and will pay back a little more than half of what he admits he stole from his former employers.

Rica admitted in March to taking the coins over more than two years from a storage room within Village Hall.