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Essex County Financial Advisor Indicted in Alleged Scam of More Than $75,000 from 90-Year-Old Victim in Long-Term Care

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Verona NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Interim Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Al Garcia announced today that an Essex County man has been indicted on charges related to the financial exploitation of a 90-year-old woman, after the suspect allegedly abused his authority over her finances to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the victim.

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NJ Corrections Officer Charged with Cryptocurrency Fraud, Targeting First Responders

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Newark NJ, a former New Jersey corrections officer was arrested today for orchestrating two different fraud schemes, including a cryptocurrency scheme that resulted in losses of more than $600,000, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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Hoboken Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing over $1.5 million from over 100 Victims made up mainly of Non-profits, Private Schools, and Religious Institutions

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Hoboken NJ, a Hudson County, New Jersey, woman pleaded guilty today to stealing over $1.5 million from over 100 victims made up mainly of non-profits, private schools, and religious institutions throughout New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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Owner of the Crocker Mansion in Mahwah ,Chinese businessman Ho Wan Kwok, Arrested For Orchestrating Over $1 Billion Dollar Fraud

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Mahwah NJ, a Chinese businessman Ho Wan Kwok stands accused of leading a conspiracy to defraud thousands of online followers and misappropriate the fraudulently obtained funds to buy himself, and his close relatives, a 50,000-square-foot Mahwah mansion, among other things, federal authorities said.

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Pool Works Scammer Strikes Again in East Rutherford

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East Rutherford NJ, AndrzeJ Pacanski Gives the best price then stiffs you once you need equipment bought and installed!! Leaving clients with holes in their yards for years. Yes, years! Also, has expired registration/license. Please be careful. Once he starts ignoring your calls, you get the billion of excuses and once you know it…….a years gone by. Then another. Don’t let this nice gentleman fool you. Some of the fun excuses other clients of his and I have heard:

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Glen Rock Police Report A New Twist on the “Sextorsion” Scam

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July 18,2018

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock Police Department is reporting that a few residents have reported a new scam to us that people should be aware of. This is a new twist on the “sextorsion” scam where suspects try and blackmail victims with the threat of releasing some type of sexual or embarrassing video/behavior to everyone on their contact list if they do not pay. The twist in this case is that the scammer actually has your correct password and makes you believe they might actually have some embarrassing content. These passwords were obtained via a large data hack in the past, however, it has been enough to scare quite a few people into paying. Read the attached article for full details. The GRPD Detective Bureau is also available to answer questions and assist residents as well. We can be reached at 201-670-3948 or 201-670-3947.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/sextortion-scam-uses-recipients-hacked-passwords/

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94-year-old Bergen County Resident Left Desititute by Scammer

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April 8,2018

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Park Ridge NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of KIM COVELLO (DOB: 4/20/1955; married; and self-employed) of 167 Mansfield Road, Park Ridge, New Jersey on Theft by Deception and Elder Abuse charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.

In April 2017, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint regarding suspected elder financial abuse from the Bergen County Board of Social Services Adult Protective Services Unit (APS). The victim was identified as a 94-year-old Bergen County resident who had entrusted a one-time neighbor, Kim COVELLO, with a durable power of attorney. In 2014 and 2016, the APS received complaints regarding financial and care-related issues between the victim and Ms. COVELLO. Those complaints were investigated by APS and then turned over to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the ensuing investigation, it was determined that Kim COVELLO had obtained Power of Attorney over the victim in 2012 and that between 2012 and 2016, Ms. COVELLO had used in excess of $150,000 of the victim’s money for her own purposes. Ms. Covello’s illicit use of the victim’s money included direct payments to herself and members of her family in violation of the Power of Attorney agreement and the use of the victim’s funds to build an addition on her, Ms. Covello’s, house. As a result of Ms. Covello’s actions, the victim’s funds were completely depleted and the victim is now in need of public assistance financing.

As a result of the investigation, Kim COVELLO was arrested on March 29, 2018 in Paramus, NJ and charged with one count of Theft by Deception with the amount involved being greater than $75,000 in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4a, a crime of the 2nd degree; and one count of Elder Abuse in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-8a, a crime of the 3rd degree. Ms. Covello is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

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