Russian National sentenced to 30 months in prison for $1 million trading account hack, securities fraud scheme

NEWARK – A Russian national living in New York was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiring with others to hack into retail brokerage accounts and execute sham trades, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced yesterday. Petr Murmylyuk, 33, of Brooklyn, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to an […]

Union County College hires a new VP for students

UNION COUNTY — With more than a decade of community college experience in student services, Helen Castellanos Brewer is a welcome addition to Union County College. During the Jan. 28 Board of Trustees meeting, the College approved Brewer as the new Vice President of Student Development. She will join UCC on Feb. 10 and manage the […]

Elizabeth woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from undocumented immigrants

ELIZABETH — An Elizabeth woman has admitted to stealing approximately $100,000 from more than two dozen undocumented immigrants by making empty promises to help them obtain citizenship papers, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced today. Maritza Chavez, 45, pleaded guilty yesterday to two separate indictments containing a total of 26 counts of third-degree theft by deception. She […]

Newark men sentenced for roles in Union robberies

  ELIZABETH — A pair of Newark men have been sentenced to a combined 12 years in state prison for their roles in two robberies that took place on the same day last year, including one that occurred in a Union High School parking lot, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced yesterday. Dwayne Chester and Elijah Bonilla, […]

NJ and families co-host statewide program to educate public about dangers of human trafficking

TRENTON — The New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force within the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families today co-hosted a statewide program for more than 200 people to mark “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” and to educate the public about the dangers of human trafficking and New Jersey’s anti-human […]

Former contract employee for US citizenship and immigration services convicted in NJ for theft, sale of forms

NEWARK — A federal jury returned guilty verdicts late yesterday, against a former contract employee for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for stealing hundreds of immigration forms from the warehouse where he worked and selling them for ultimate use as part of a criminal enterprise, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. Martin Trejo, 47, of Rialto, […]

NJ joins global settlement resolving False Claims Act allegations against medical supply manufacturer

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John Hoffman and the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor announced today that New Jersey will receive approximately $240,000 as a result of its participation in a global settlement resolving allegations that the CareFusion Corp. violated state and federal laws in promoting its surgical preparation solution Chloraprep. According to Hoffman, the […]

Union County man indicted by federal grand jury for fraud

NEWARK — David D’Aries, 50, of Summit, was indicted by a federal grand jury today for allegedly defrauding hundreds of sellers of foreign and antique banknotes on the eBay online auction site. D’Aries is charged with one count of mail fraud. The indictment alleges losses to eBay/Paypal, credit card companies and the various banknote sellers totaled […]

Newark man charged with assaulting an Elizabeth police officer, eluding police

ELIZABETH — A Newark man is facing a series of criminal charges after allegedly ramming an Elizabeth police cruiser with his vehicle and leading officers on a prolonged chase earlier this week, said acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park yesterday. Devin Jefferson, 36, is charged with second-degree aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of second-degree eluding police, […]

Man found guilty of all counts in murder of Elizabeth mother of four

ELIZABETH — A Newark man has been found guilty of fatally shooting an Elizabeth woman a little more than three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced today. Following a weeklong trial and about five hours of deliberation, a Union County jury convicted Eduardo Lago, formerly of Elizabeth, of murder and two weapons offenses in connection […]