2010 New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Annual Report

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2010 annual report department new jersey office of the attorney general of law and public safety

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2010 annual report · office of the attorney general

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table of contents message from the attorney general 2 division of criminal justice 6 division of law 14 division of new jersey state police 18 division of consumer affairs 24 division on civil rights 28 division of highway traffic safety 34 division of gaming enforcement 38 division of alcoholic beverage control 40 juvenile justice commission 44 new jersey racing commission 48 state athletic control board 50 victims of crime compensation office 52 executive staff paula t dow attorney general phillip h kwon first assistant attorney general marc-philip ferzan executive assistant attorney general carolyn a murray counsel to the attorney general deborah r edwards aag chief of staff howard j mccoach administrator division of criminal justice ­ stephen j taylor director division of law ­ robert m hanna aag director division of new jersey state police ­ colonel joseph r fuentes superintendent division of consumer affairs ­ thomas r calcagni acting director division on civil rights ­ chinh q le director division of highway traffic safety ­ gary poedubicky acting director division of gaming enforcement ­ josh lichtblau director division of alcoholic beverage control ­ jerry fischer director juvenile justice commission ­ veleria n lawson executive director new jersey racing commission ­ frank zanzuccki executive director state athletic control board ­ aaron m davis commissioner victims of crime compensation office ­ marsetta lee director www.nj.gov/oag 1

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message from the attorney general dear governor christie members of the state legislature and citizens of new jersey the year 2010 was one of accomplishment challenge and change as the department of law and public safety pursued its core mission of protecting new jersey residents ensuring integrity in government and defending state statutes while managing with austerity in the face of tough economic times department-wide we engaged in a thorough self-examination designed to eliminate waste and reduce costs without compromising effectiveness at the same time we successfully prosecuted public corruption violent street gang activity and other crime protected consumers combated bullying in schools issued policy reforms that strengthened public safety helped reduce traffic fatalities and brought hundreds of millions of dollars into state coffers through civil litigation on the public corruption front the division of criminal justice obtained guilty pleas from 60 defendants in 2010 and secured prison sentences against a number of high-profile public office-holders including two former state assemblymen in the continuing fight against street gangs and violence the division secured prison sentences against 128 defendants and obtained three indictments charging various members and leaders of bloods gang factions with crimes the division also fought traditional mob-style organized crime in 2010 obtaining an indictment against two ruling members of the new-york-based lucchese crime family as well as 32 other members and associates on charges of racketeering conspiracy and money laundering related to an international sports gambling enterprise the same indictment charged a former state corrections officer and a ranking member of the bloods with cooperating with lucchese crime family members to smuggle drugs and pre-paid cell phones into east jersey state prison the year provided an encouraging sign in terms of traffic safety as the number of crash-related deaths reported to the state police accident investigation unit ­ 556 ­ was the lowest number of fatalities reported since 1948 although highway fatality data can be informed by many variables it is also true that the division of highway traffic safety and the new jersey state police were vigorous in carrying out driver safety passenger safety and pedestrian safety awareness/enforcement efforts in 2010 2

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lawyers assigned to our division of law obtained more than $195 million for the state in recoveries and judgments in 2010 ­ a 31 percent increase over the prior year included were $81 million from environmental litigation and $39 million from litigation related to securities fraud consumer fraud and insurance fraud in april 2010 the attorney general s office announced a revised amber alert policy designed to provide law enforcement officials with clear criteria in determining when they should activate the emergency broadcast system to seek public assistance in finding a child who has been abducted this change came following the tragic death of an infant girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her biological father in east orange we believe our amber alert reforms will better protect children in new jersey however given the time line established through our investigation of the east orange case we do not believe the changes would have averted tragedy in that unfortunate situation in october we announced a revised policy governing the use of stun guns by law enforcement officers in new jersey the revised policy replaces an existing policy implemented in 2009 that was viewed by some as overly restrictive and unclear in terms of which officers could carry stun guns and when they could use them the new policy still restricts use of stun guns for the most part to situations in which an officer seeks to prevent a suspect from causing death or serious bodily injury and it still dictates that stun guns may not be used against a person who is offering only passive resistance to police commands however the new policy does away with restrictions in the prior policy that ­ as a practical matter ­ would often have prevented police officers from using stun guns during swiftly unfolding crises among many other actions in 2010 the department also targeted officials and vendors who corrupted the public contracting process or stole funds including a department of corrections administrator sentenced to seven years in prison for taking kickbacks on more than $1 million in contracts he steered to friends and a senior engineer for the department of transportation who allegedly took part in a scheme to steal $700,000 in rail project grant funds secured multiple indictments charging gun traffickers ­ including the alleged leader of a network that trafficked guns from virginia to street gangs in trenton ­ as a result of a historic partnership with the state police and the u.s bureau of alcohol tobacco firearms explosives focused on crime guns and those trafficking firearms in new jersey adopted aggressive policies to move criminal cases quickly to indictment and/or guilty pleas including an escalating plea policy requiring defendants to plead guilty to an initial strictly-capped offer by an early deadline or face greatly enhanced penalties for any later plea 3

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2010 annual report · office of the attorney general filed and prosecuted cases charging voter fraud in atlantic city essex county and paterson took legal action via our division on civil rights to hold schools accountable for preventing student-on-student bullying and for dealing effectively with the problem when it is reported among other actions findings of probable cause were issued against two public school districts ­ old bridge and emerson ­ accused of failing to protect students who had been bullied and harassed for years because of their perceived sexual orientation protected consumers through our division of consumer affairs by proactively finding unregistered home improvement contractors and unlicensed moving companies state investigators conducted undercover stings including the use of a vacant morris county house in need of repairs and cited eight contractors and 34 moving companies for operating without being registered or licensed by the state continued to aggressively combat underage drinking the division of alcoholic beverage control carried out undercover operations including cops in shops resulting in the arrest of hundreds of people for underage drinking attempting to procure alcohol for minors etc prosecuted more than a dozen men for crimes against children including possessing or distributing child pornography sending obscene materials to a child and sexual assault in one notable case a pediatric neurologist was permanently barred from practicing medicine for possessing child pornography obtained the first indictment under new jersey s new gang criminality statute and secured additional lengthy prison sentences against the top leader of the nine trey gangsters set of the bloods david duke allen and the leader of the nine trey headbustas set michael anderson who were running their gangs from new jersey state prison implemented a statewide summer warrant sweep initiative resulting in the arrest of more than 1,100 high-risk parole and probation absconders as well as other fugitives during the months of july and august when violent and property crimes tend to peak spearheaded the fugitive safe surrender program in central new jersey the four-day initiative resulted in approximately 4,000 fugitives surrendering voluntarily to authorities on outstanding warrants for predominantly non-violent crimes provided via our state police emergency management office emergency assistance to thousands of residents and motorists during four federally-declared natural disasters during the december 2010 blizzard state troopers handled 1,077 accidents and provided emergency assistance to an additional 2,889 motorists 4

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protected the integrity of new jersey s thoroughbred and harness horse racing industries through the efforts of the racing commission working in concert with the state police forensic laboratory the commission oversaw the testing of more than 39,000 equine urine samples in 2010 to ensure that race horses had not been given illegal substances ­ including steroids such testing resulted in the identification of 31 positives for prohibited substances continued through the efforts of the division of gaming enforcement ­ often in cooperation with state police and the division of criminal justice ­ to identify investigate and prosecute gaming cheats and otherwise ensure the integrity of new jersey s casino gaming industry saved public dollars through implementation of the juvenile detention alternatives initiative jdai a collaborative effort involving the juvenile justice commission the state judiciary and other stakeholders in 2010 jdai reduced the number of young offenders being held unnecessarily in secure county detention facilities while maintaining public safety as a result detention center populations were reduced leading to a reduction in the number of youths ultimately committed to state custody ­ typically the costliest disposition staffed by approximately 8,200 employees the department of law and public safety has a unique role as both new jersey s lead law enforcement agency and its chief provider of legal representation to state government each day our mission touches the lives of millions of people who reside work travel and do business in new jersey and each day we achieve results that make a genuine difference looking forward we remain committed to working both on our own and in cooperation with agencies at every level to combat public corruption significantly reduce violent crime protect the state s environmental economic and other assets and improve the quality of life for all new jersey citizens paula t dow attorney general 5

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division of criminal justice new jersey s unified integrated system of law enforcement is unique in the nation the criminal justice act of 1970 designated the attorney general as the chief law enforcement officer of the state the division of criminal justice on behalf of the attorney general is charged with responsibility to enforce the criminal laws of the state and serve a variety of functions pertaining to the administration of criminal justice in addition to its direct law enforcement operations it provides oversight and coordination within new jersey s law enforcement community it is the goal of the division to help coordinate law enforcement efforts and resources at all levels ­ state county and municipal ­ to ensure the safety and security of all new jersey residents for more information about the division go to www.nj.gov/oag/dcj gun traffickers it also fought traditional organized crime obtaining an indictment charging leaders of the lucchese crime family and joining forces with the waterfront commission of new york harbor to make arrests in a scheme to extort money from dock workers the major crimes bureau secured convictions and prison sentences for individuals responsible for more than $16 million in financial fraud including investment fraud mortgage fraud embezzlement and identity theft in addition the division of criminal justice aggressively targeted medicaid fraud through the office of the insurance fraud prosecutor obtaining guilty pleas in several major investigations involving licensed professionals oifp obtained $19 million for new jersey through national medicaid fraud settlements with pharmaceutical and other companies targeting public corruption financial crimes and gangs the division of criminal justice made prosecuting public corruption financial fraud criminal street gangs and organized crime top priorities charging more than 1,000 new defendants in 2010 while obtaining convictions in high-profile cases they adopted aggressive policies to move criminal cases quickly to indictment and/or rigorous guilty pleas including an escalating plea policy requiring defendants to plead guilty to an initial strictly capped offer by an early deadline or face greatly enhanced penalties for any later plea the corruption bureau took guilty pleas from 60 defendants securing prison sentences for prominent public office holders including two state assemblymen the gangs organized crime bureau secured sentences that put 128 defendants in state prison in 2010 it aggressively targeted violent street gangs obtaining three indictments charging the leaders and numerous members of bloods factions throughout new jersey and securing indictments charging prosecuting public corruption the corruption bureau convicted three state assemblymen in 2010 former assemblyman/perth amboy mayor joseph vas faces eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he received $25,000 in free home improvements from a city vendor had a vendor pay and secretly charge the city for a $58,000 catering bill illegally funneled money into his congressional campaign via straw donors rigged a public housing lottery and used $5,000 in city funds for personal expenses former assemblyman neil cohen was sentenced to five years in prison for viewing and printing child pornography using a computer in his district office and assemblyman anthony chiappone forfeited his seat after pleading guilty to filing false reports with the election law enforcement commission other notable defendants included former jersey city municipal court administrator virginia pagan who was sentenced to three years in prison for 7

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2010 annual report · office of the attorney general state for rehabilitation work that would never be performed in july the corruption bureau indicted maryland insurance broker francis gartland for conspiring with others to steal over $2.5 million from the perth amboy board of education in june gartland and others were charged with stealing $216,000 from the city of perth amboy also in june former nj department of corrections assistant director of operations gerald kennedy was sentenced to seven years in prison for taking $80,000 in kickbacks on over $1 million in doc contracts he steered to friends and former doc construction management specialist frederick armstrong was sentenced to three years for bid rigging in december anna taliaferro a coordinator of the parent resource center in the paterson schools was charged with stealing over $100,000 by hiring her own company and fraudulently overbilling the district in addition former new jersey city university office manager shaunette p ruffin-moody was indicted with her husband alex a moody for stealing $485,000 in student funds the corruption bureau also prosecuted officials and beneficiaries who defrauded public assistance programs two local administrators for the nj home energy assistance hea program nicole victor and constance campbell were each sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 for filing fraudulent applications to steal thousands of dollars in federal and state funds two other local hea administrators were indicted one of them denise nicole johnson has pleaded guilty and faces four years in prison the former owner of an east orange supermarket elvis manuel sanchez-vazquez pleaded guilty in september in an ongoing investigation into a million-dollar fraud involving the federally funded women infants and children wic nutrition program in newark he faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree money laundering for knowingly purchasing false wic vouchers to collect more than $500,000 from the program in february former department of community affairs senior field representative robin wheeler-hicks was sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing $831,000 from the homelessness prevention program dismissing 215 parking tickets she and her daughter received and former irvington mayor michael steele who was sentenced to seven years in prison for taking kickbacks from contractors as business administrator for the irvington schools the corruption bureau filed and resolved cases charging government officials and vendors who corrupted the public contracting process and stole millions of dollars in september it charged new jersey department of transportation senior engineer gaudner metellus and an accomplice in a scheme in which metellus allegedly asked for more than $325,000 in bribes from a railroad company proposing that the company inflate the cost of a roseland railroad bridge project from $700,000 to $1.4 million and submit false invoices to the 8

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division of criminal justice the corruption bureau pursued voter fraud cases in atlantic city essex county and paterson in atlantic city trial began late in the year for councilman marty small and five co-defendants on charges they systematically conspired in various fraudulent messenger ballot schemes in the 2009 democratic primary election for mayor in essex county the bureau continued its prosecution of defendants including essex county freeholder samuel gonzalez who were indicted for election fraud in connection with absentee ballots they collected and submitted as campaign workers in the 2007 campaign of gonzalez wife state senator teresa ruiz in that case a data processor for the county superintendent of elections faces prison after pleading guilty in march to absentee ballot fraud in paterson 12 people were charged with voter fraud and tampering with public records for alleged fraud involving mail-in ballots in the may 2010 paterson council-at-large election candidate rigo rodriguez his wife and an aide were charged in december with witness tampering in that investigation combating gangs organized crime in april the gangs organized crime bureau obtained an indictment charging 22 members and associates of the violent nine trey hillside beehive set of the bloods with first-degree gang criminality five leaders of the paterson-based set were also charged with first-degree promoting organized street crime it marked the first time that the attorney general s office obtained an indictment using those two new anti-gang laws which punish the commission of crimes in connection with gang activity more harshly the indictment stemmed from a joint investigation by the state police division of criminal justice department of corrections paterson police department passaic county prosecutor s office and passaic county sheriff s department in may the gangs organized crime bureau secured indictments charging nine defendants in connection with illegal gun trafficking those indictments were obtained as a result of a historic partnership with the state police and u.s bureau of alcohol tobacco firearms explosives to trace crime guns and investigate illicit gun trafficking in new jersey one indictment charged a trenton man trayle beasley with leading a network that trafficked guns from the eastern shore of virginia to trenton where they were allegedly sold to gang members and other criminals in july the bureau indicted 14 trenton residents on first-degree racketeering charges as members of the gangster killer bloods street gang as a result of operation capital city a joint investigation with the mercer county prosecutor s office trenton police and state police the indictment charges alleged area gang leader bernard green with three murders including the august 2005 murder of sharee voorhees 22 who was caught in gunfire while on her porch the acts of violence charged in the indictment occurred in 2005 when 9

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2010 annual report · office of the attorney general violence erupted between the gangster killer bloods and two rival bloods sets the nine trey gangsters and sex money murder the bureau secured additional lengthy prison sentences for the top leader of the nine trey gangsters set of the bloods david duke allen and the leader of the nine trey headbustas michael anderson who pleaded guilty to leading their gangs from new jersey state prison allen was sentenced to seven years in prison in august and anderson faces a 20-year sentence as a result of his plea in november in february two top deputies of allen were sentenced to 23 years and 10 years in prison and three of anderson s top deputies face 10 to 15 years in prison as a result of guilty pleas in november the bureau obtained an indictment charging anderson and 18 other alleged members of the nine trey headbustas set of the bloods street gang with first-degree racketeering as a result of operation hardhat a joint investigation with the department of corrections state police middlesex county prosecutor s office new brunswick police department and other law enforcement agencies vin efforts targeting traditional organized crime the bureau obtained an indictment in may against two ruling members of the new yorkbased lucchese crime family and 32 other members and associates including alleged current and former top new jersey capos ralph v perna and nicodemo scarfo jr on first-degree charges of racketeering conspiracy and money laundering in april the division of criminal justice and the waterfront commission of new york harbor announced the arrests of a top official of the international longshoremen s association nunzio lagrasso and three current or former ila members on charges that they extorted money from dock workers by demanding tribute for better jobs and pay or engaged in loansharking in other organized crime cases the bureau in a joint investigation with the state police monroe police middlesex county and numerous other agencies indicted three members of an alleged multi-national drug syndicate who grew a $10 million crop of marijuana in five rented houses in may the bureau secured an 18-year prison sentence for allen prince brown who ran a major human trafficking and prostitution ring the conviction resulted from operation red light a joint investigation with the jersey city police department the division of criminal justice partnered with the department of corrections in september to indict correction officer luis s roman and 34 others for allegedly smuggling cell phones and narcotics into northern state prison 10

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division of criminal justice targeting major crimes in 2010 the division s major crimes bureau prosecuted major mortgage fraud cases it secured a 12-year prison sentence for ronald p mas a mortgage broker and title agency owner who stole $3.8 million in loan proceeds which he used to play the stock market in november martin gendel and his son seth gendel owners of casey properties llc pleaded guilty to stealing $4.5 million from mortgage lenders by providing false information on loan applications martin gendel faces five to 10 years in prison the bureau also obtained guilty pleas from yi feng reid and yu chen who were involved in the mortgage and small business loan industry they stole over $1 million by fraudulently using the identities of others to obtain mortgages loans and credit cards chen was sentenced to five years in prison and reid to three years both entered into consent judgments to pay the entire amount of the theft the major crimes bureau worked with the bureau of securities to prosecute large securities fraud cases in 2010 samuel serritella pleaded guilty to securities fraud in october for selling unregistered shares of stock in his startup horseshoe manufacturing company to hundreds of investors and misappropriating $1.7 million seritella was sentenced to nine years in prison and must pay full restitution zina martin president of kairos financial corporation was sentenced in november to 10 years in prison for defrauding 30 investors of $925,000 by selling shares in fictitious investment vehicles called the kairos funds she also must pay full restitution the bureau secured a six-year prison sentence in august for michael fava in a major money laundering case fava and other defendants set up a company packed fresh produce to defraud creditors in the produce industry of $2 million the defendants bought and shipped large quantities of produce with the intention that they would file for bankruptcy without paying their creditors suppliers or shippers in a high-profile case investigated by the state police cyber crimes unit and prosecuted by the major crimes bureau daniel goncalves pleaded guilty in december to stealing a company s internet domain name p2p com and selling it over ebay for over $110,000 to an unsuspecting buyer an nba basketball player it was the first known conviction for a domain name theft goncalves faces five years in prison the division of criminal justice and its major crimes bureau prosecuted other types of crime including murder child pornography and environmental crimes the bureau prosecuted over a dozen men for crimes against children including possessing or distributing child pornography sending obscene materials to a child or sexual assault in one notable case a pediatric neurologist ross finesmith was permanently barred from practicing medicine for possessing child pornography the major crimes bureau prosecuted mark magee who pleaded guilty to murder for shooting shift manager raymond kot at the taj mahal on may 27 2009 he was sentenced to 30 years in prison without possibility of parole nasir salaam pleaded guilty to felony murder and was sentenced in october to 40 years in prison including 30 years of parole ineligibility for his role in a robbery in march 2007 in which makhan singh was fatally shot at his gas station and mini-mart on the white horse pike in atlantic city in august the bureau obtained an indictment charging shamsiddin abdur-raheem with murdering his infant daughter whom he allegedly dropped from the driscoll bridge on the garden state parkway in february 2010 former nba basketball player jayson williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced in february to five years in prison including 18 months of parole ineligibility in the shooting death of limousine driver costas gus christofi in 2002 in environmental prosecutions thomas mcfarland a dentist pleaded guilty to unlawful discharge of water pollutants for taking a boat into townsend inlet and dumping a bag of medical waste including 260 dental-type needles which washed up on the beach in avalon 11

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2010 annual report · office of the attorney general control unit and jersey city police uncovered a criminal network in which purported patients obtained fraudulent narcotic prescriptions from doctors and had them filled by cooperating pharmacists the narcotics were sold illegally by street-level dealers throughout hudson bergen ocean morris and monmouth counties in july dr magdy elamir a licensed neurologist was indicted on charges he conspired to submit fraudulent claims to the medicaid program as part of the scheme pharmacist kamal moorjani was sentenced to three years in prison in october and pharmacist babak bamdad was sentenced to jail in august in addition two ringleaders and 28 street-level drug dealers pleaded guilty and/or were sentenced in another case east orange pharmacy owner herbert brandt and his son douglas were each sentenced in may to three years in prison for defrauding medicaid of more than $700,000 by paying medicaid beneficiaries cash for their aids/hiv and other expensive prescriptions then billing medicaid without dispensing the drugs they were convicted in operation pharmscam an investigation by the oifp medicaid fraud control unit jersey city police and u.s food and drug administration which resulted in convictions of over a dozen defendants including a clinic owner pharmacists pharmacy technicians and beneficiaries involved in the fraudulent scheme oifp took a guilty plea in august from larry berman a licensed dentist who fraudulently billed medicaid $85,000 for services that were not provided or were not medically necessary for residents of nursing and assisted living facilities he faces up to a year in jail a year-long initiative to uncover fraudulent billing by dentists led to guilty pleas from berman and five other dentists employed by new jersey mobile dental practice p.a of colts neck which provides care in nursing homes joshua prensky christopher lillo anna pavda-german marc wertheim and subina anand in august oifp indicted licensed insurance agent daniel trolaro for allegedly stealing $1.9 million from nine clients which he was supposed to invest olasehmdeme arowosaye owner of be kind health in august 2008 he was ordered to pay $100,000 to the borough of avalon and serve four years of probation rd secaucus the owner of the crowne plaza secaucus hotel pleaded guilty to discharging waste water contaminated with sewage into the hackensack river the defendant was ordered to pay $75,000 to hackensack riverkeeper to be used for river patrol and monitoring the owner must retain a consultant to monitor the hotel s handling of wastewater office of the insurance fraud prosecutor the office of the insurance fraud prosecutor oifp filed 118 new cases involving 140 defendants including noteworthy cases against licensed professionals who defrauded the medicaid program private insurers or clients in operation medscam the oifp medicaid fraud 12

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division of criminal justice care services pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing medicaid over $800,000 for personal care assistance services that were never provided he faces three years in prison in june oifp secured a threeyear prison sentence for insurance agent pape seck who fraudulently tried to obtain a $7 million life insurance policy in the name of his father from two insurance companies appellate victories the division s appellate bureau had significant victories that continued to shape state law in important areas related to law enforcement in state v best the bureau secured a new jersey supreme court ruling that in light of the strong state interest in school safety a school administrator does not need probable cause or a search warrant but only reasonable grounds to believe evidence of illegal activity will be found in a vehicle to search a student s car on school property in in the matter of the expungement of d.h the bureau successfully appeared as amicus curiae before the supreme court in support of the position that when a former public official has a conviction expunged for a disorderly persons offense that touched upon his or her office the permanent debarment of that official from public office entered at the time of conviction remains unaffected and intact in state v quran goodman the bureau secured an appellate division ruling that gang affiliation evidence is admissible at trial when it is relevant to demonstrating defendant s motive for example defendant s motive for murdering someone with whom he had been on friendly terms prior to their involvement in rival gangs in state v lyons the bureau secured a ruling from the appellate division that a person can be convicted of distribution of child pornography for knowingly storing images of child pornography in a peer-to-peer file sharing network on the internet in state v gandhi the bureau appeared as amicus curiae obtaining a ruling that strengthened prosecutions under new jersey s anti-stalking law the court ruled that the state need not prove the defendant intended or was aware his conduct would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury or death only that he purposely or knowingly engaged in conduct that would cause such fear in an objectively reasonable person other initiatives enhanced policies were established in 2010 to give police guidance and clarity in using advanced law enforcement tools including stun guns the amber alert plan and automatic license plate readers alpr s the new stun gun policy provides responsible and realistic parameters for police to use stun guns as an alternative to deadly force it replaced a prior policy that police said made the devices unusable the revised amber alert plan provides law enforcement with clear criteria regarding when to activate the emergency broadcast system to seek public assistance in locating a child who was recently abducted and is believed to be in danger including family abductions the alpr policy regulates who can access data from cameras and limits the retention of data collected from the camera to five years in 2010 the prosecutors supervision and coordination bureau handled numerous vital tasks in supporting and exercising the attorney general s statutory supervisory authority over the 21 county prosecutors offices and their local police departments including opening 2,334 legal advice files in connection with requests for assistance from law enforcement agencies drafting the attorney general s guidelines for the retention of evidence which created a statewide template for evidence retention for law enforcement awarding $21.5 million through the program development section to state county and local law enforcement agencies including $3.5 million for 544 agencies to buy body armor vests for their officers and paying a total of $9.5 million in compensation to victims of crime through the state victims of crime compensation office 13

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