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2011 annual report jeffrey s chiesa attorney general of new jersey

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oag annual report overview dear governor christie members of the state legislature and citizens of new jersey 1 1 it is my privilege to serve you and to lead the department of law and public safety as new jersey s 59th attorney general the department of law and public safety is a dynamic forward-looking agency with a broad-based and vital mission in a very real way the department s work touches the lives of everyone who lives in new jersey works here or visits our state of course a major aspect of what we do involves fighting crime and keeping communities safe but the department s mission only begins there we have many other responsibilities including n protecting consumers from fraud n preserving and promoting civil rights n ensuring the integrity of new jersey s casino gaming and horse racing industries n promoting safe driving and enforcing state traffic laws to ensure the safety of motorists passengers and pedestrians n keeping alcohol away from minors and preserving the integrity of the alcoholic beverage industry n pursuing affirmative litigation to protect children safeguard our environment protect the state s financial assets and accomplish other important goals n working with our law enforcement and homeland security partners at every level to protect new jersey residents ­ and the state s critical infrastructure ­ from terrorist attack as a department our commitment is to a course of action innovation collaboration and above all public service in the pages that follow you will read about some of the department s keynote accomplishments for 2011 i urge you to also visit the web sites of our individual divisions to learn more about our mission and our work on behalf of new jersey citizens jeffrey s chiesa attorney general i

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new jersey office of the attorney general · department of law public safety ii

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table of contents division of criminal justice 2 division of state police 10 division of law 16 division of consumer affairs 20 division on civil rights 26 division of highway traffic safety 30 division of alcoholic beverage control 34 division of gaming enforcement 38 racing commission 42 juvenile justice commission 44 state athletic control board 48 1 1 1

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new jersey office of the attorney general · department of law public safety 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 has the original jurisdiction of the attorney general to investigate and prosecute criminal offenses of statewide significance in addition to its direct law enforcement operations it provides oversight and coordination within new jersey s vast law enforcement community the mission of the division of criminal justice is to protect the residents of new jersey by helping to coordinate and enhance the operations and policies of law enforcement at all levels ­ state county and municipal more information about the division is available at www.nj.gov/oag/dcj 2

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division of criminal justice overview reorganized to address emerging crime trends while maintaining effectiveness against perennial threats the division charged 891 new defendants in 2011 obtaining indictments in a number of high-profile public corruption cases the division also prosecuted street gangs and other criminal enterprises for narcotics and weapons trafficking as well as acts of violence in addition it targeted traditional organized crime in ongoing prosecutions related to a multi-billion dollar international criminal gambling enterprise and a scheme to shake down dock workers at the port of new york and new jersey in april 2011 the division reorganized by creating the financial computer crimes bureau consisting of the following specialized areas major financial crimes tax prosecutions mortgage fraud criminal and civil anti-trust enforcement securities fraud money laundering computer crimes ­ including child pornography and internet predators ­ and forfeiture civil racketeering and civil remedies a new specialized crimes bureau was created to address the areas of motor vehicle offenses environmental crimes bias crimes casinorelated crimes labor crimes alcoholic beverage control offenses and cargo theft and counterfeiting offenses the new bureaus and their predecessor the major crimes bureau filed 403 new cases in 2011 going forward the realignment will ensure the most efficient use of personnel and resources in these emerging areas the office of the insurance fraud prosecutor opened 302 new cases in 2011 ­ triple the number opened in 2009 prosecuting public corruption the corruption bureau filed 42 new cases against 60 defendants in 2011 it indicted former middlesex county sheriff and middlesex county democratic chairman joseph spicuzzo along with two subordinates in the sheriff s office on charges they engaged in a jobs-for-cash scheme spicuzzo is accused of collecting $112,000 in bribes from people seeking positions or promotions in the sheriff s office in april the bureau secured an eight-year prison sentence against former assemblyman and perth amboy mayor joseph vas who pleaded 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 vas was ordered to pay more than $400,000 in penalties and restitution in june the bureau indicted three former high-level administrators and a shop foreman employed by the passaic valley sewerage commission for allegedly directing subordinates to work on the private homes of the administrators or people close to them while the subordinates were on duty for the pvsc also in june the bureau indicted a suspended senior engineer for the new jersey department of transportation and an alleged accomplice on charges of soliciting a railroad company to fraudulently inflate the cost of a state-funded railroad project and pay them $325,000 in bribes in december former hoboken parking utility director john corea pleaded guilty to official misconduct in connection with the theft of $600,000 in parking meter funds by a toms river contractor the corruption bureau will recommend that corea be sentenced to eight years in prison including three years of parole ineligibility the contractor also pleaded guilty and faces a recommended sentence of seven years in prison each man must pay $300,000 in restitution the former director of the passaic county garage paul mariano pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct and was sentenced to four years in prison in may for stealing a large amount of cash found hidden in a car that was seized by law enforcement as well as an engine from a second vehicle in february 2011 the former director of the physical plant at the university of medicine and dentistry of new jersey frank watts was sentenced to three years in prison for accepting expensive gifts from a contractor to whom he steered numerous university contracts in october an engineer for the westfield tinton falls and scotch 1 1 3

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new jersey office of the attorney general · department of law public safety plains-fanwood school districts kenneth disko pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of making false representations for a government contract he faces a sentence of three to five years in prison two contractors and the former business administrator for the westfield school district also pleaded guilty in the same investigation in january three managers of laidlaw transit services inc were indicted for allegedly falsifying records and invoices to overcharge burlington county for transportation services including services for the elderly and disabled the corruption bureau also filed and prosecuted several major cases involving defendants who stole from government assistance programs in october a former clerk for the newark women infants and children wic nutrition program pleaded guilty to first-degree money laundering for conspiring with others including two other wic employees who previously pleaded guilty to issue more than $1 million in fraudulent wic vouchers the vouchers were ultimately deposited into the bank accounts of more than 20 wic-authorized vendors throughout new jersey eight middlemen and vendors have also pleaded guilty and face state prison sentences of up to 10 years the remaining 14 vendors were indicted in november on charges including first-degree conspiracy and money laundering two local administrators of the nj home energy assistance program were sentenced to prison and a third was sentenced to jail in 2011 for fraudulently issuing low-income heating assistance checks and benefits to themselves or family members a total of five local hea administrators responsible for fraudulently issuing more than $100,000 in hea benefits as well as a paulsboro-based heating oil supplier have been sent to prison or jail as a result of the investigation in september elizabeth school board president marie munn and the spouses of two other school district officials were charged with theft by deception and tampering with public records for allegedly falsifying income information on applications for free or reduced lunches for their children fighting gangs organized crime the division s gangs organized crime bureau filed charges in 107 new cases in 2011 and obtained a number of important convictions that put gang members and other violent criminals behind bars for extended terms in february michael anderson the leader of the nine trey headbustas set of the bloods was sentenced to 20 years in state prison including 10 without possibility of parole as a result of operation broadway an ongoing prosecution stemming from an investigation by the division and the hidta high intensity drug trafficking areas joint camden task force a camden man manfred younger was sentenced to 78 years in prison after being tried in may and convicted of murdering a 24-year-old woman who was caught in the crossfire of a botched hit in camden the bureau teamed with the monmouth county prosecutor s office in the trial and conviction in february of quemere mcclendon on charges of felony murder conspiracy and weapons offenses in the slaying of keith mason in long branch in 2006 mcclendon was sentenced to 55 years in prison including 40 years of parole ineligibility a co-defendant darnell stovall pleaded guilty in may to aggravated manslaughter and other charges and faces 22 years in prison ­ including more than 18 years with no possibility of parole richard jenkins pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and conspiracy to commit murder in the 2005 killing of a trenton man otis jones who was gunned down because he showed disrespect to members of the gangster killer bloods jenkins faces a sentence of 15 years in prison including nearly 13 years without possibility of parole jenkins was charged along with the leader of the gangster killer bloods in trenton bernard green aka petey black and 12 other gang members in a racketeering indictment stemming from operation capital city a joint investigation involving the mercer county prosecutor s office trenton police and the new jersey state police green is also charged in the jones murder as a result of the racketeering indictment the 4

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division of criminal justice imprisoned trenton leader of the nine trey gangsters robert snoop christie pleaded guilty in june to possession of a handgun as a convicted felon and was sentenced to an additional five years in prison without possibility of parole in may a trenton man trayle beasley was sentenced to 12 years in prison for trafficking more than 50 guns from virginia to new jersey including an ak-47 assault rifle to sell to gang members two members of the nine trey headbustas were sentenced to prison in march 2011 for the gang-related murder of devin thompson in new brunswick in 2008 syree hakins was sentenced to 16 years in prison 13 without parole and tyrane mathas was sentenced to 12 years in prison 10 without parole as a result of a multi-agency investigation called operation hardhat in november the bureau obtained an indictment charging the reputed leader of the netas street gang in perth amboy danni rivera and a second alleged gang member with first-degree kidnapping for their roles in a kidnapping in which a young man was beaten taken to a motel in sayreville and held at gunpoint in march 2011 a suspended senior state correction officer eugene braswell pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree cocaine trafficking and second-degree official misconduct filed by the bureau as a result of a joint investigation with the state police braswell faces 15-to20-years in prison as the leader of a drug ring that trafficked 22 kilos of cocaine from texas to new jersey five co-defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced in july to terms ranging from seven-to-15-years in prison an irvington man roy winston harte was convicted at trial in october for his role in a drug ring that shipped more than 500 pounds of marijuana from arizona to new jersey using ups and fedex he was sentenced to 12 years in prison including six years of parole ineligibility the bureau obtained guilty pleas from four co-defendants each of whom received sentences ranging from 10 to 18 years in prison the charges stemmed from a joint investigation involving the new jersey state police and the arizona department of public safety the gangs organized crime bureau obtained new indictments in investigations involving major drug trafficking networks the bureau obtained a first-degree racketeering indictment in november in operation city wide charging 14 defendants as members of a drug ring with ties to the bloods that sold cocaine heroin and pcp in camden in may the bureau obtained an indictment charging 13 leaders and members of a drug trafficking ring that distributed pcp and heroin in a violent section of jersey city that indictment stemmed from a joint investigation called operation wetlands by the state police jersey city police department division of criminal justice hudson county prosecutor s office and the u.s drug enforcement administration in october the bureau indicted 12 defendants including the alleged head suppliers and other members of a drug ring that distributed heroin and cocaine in two violent newark neighborhoods as a result of an investigation known as operation red storm red storm involved the boonton and newark police departments the state department of corrections and state police the bureau also obtained numerous guilty pleas in 2011 in connection with operation empire an investigation that yielded indictments the prior year related to the smuggling of wireless phones and narcotics into northern state prison by corrections officer luis roman roman pleaded guilty in april 2011 to racketeering and official misconduct he faces a recommended sentence of 14 years in prison including five with no possibility of parole fifteen out of 19 racketeering defendants in the case have pleaded guilty for their role in the smuggling of illegal drugs and contraband and 15 out of 16 customers who received the smuggled materials have pleaded guilty in its continuing effort to target traditional organized crime the bureau in february indicted a top official of the international longshoremen s association nunzio lagrasso as well as a newark police officer and a third man the three were indicted in connection with operation terminal a joint investigation by the division and the waterfront commission of new york harbor into alleged extortion of money from dock workers at the port of new york and new jersey in november the bureau obtained guilty pleas from two other defendants 1 1 5

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new jersey office of the attorney general · department of law public safety who had been indicted separately one of those men joseph queli pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy to commit criminal usury he faces a sentence of seven years in prison under a plea agreement the bureau also continued its prosecution of 32 alleged leaders members and associates of the new york-based lucchese crime family on charges of first-degree racketeering conspiracy and money laundering they were indicted in 2010 for allegedly running an international criminal gambling enterprise that involved billions of dollars in wagers primarily on sporting events and relied on extortion and violence to collect debts in december 2011 the bureau took custody of frank cetta a fugitive who was arrested in costa rica where he allegedly ran an offshore wire room that served as a hub for the gambling operation in june 2011 the bureau indicted three men and their companies including prp enterprises on first-degree conspiracy and money laundering charges for allegedly defrauding five freight brokers out of $2.6 million through an elaborate shipping scam the bureau secured six-year prison sentences against two men in 2011 who pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal more than $390,000 by filing 151 fraudulent state and federal tax returns in april the bureau indicted six men on charges they stole more than $2.6 million from lenders by filing fraudulent mortgage loan applications in january the major crimes bureau predecessor to the financial computer crimes bureau secured a 12-year prison sentence against mortgage broker ronald p mas jr who stole $3.8 million in funds from various mortgage lenders mas was supposed to use the money to pay off mortgages and other obligations for real estate closings but instead used it to make investments in his personal ameritrade account under a plea agreement mas was required to pay full restitution to the lenders the major crimes bureau obtained a nine-year prison sentence in january against a bergen county man samuel serritella who pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of $1.7 million by selling unregistered shares of stock in his start-up horseshoe manufacturing company and misappropriating investor funds for his personal use he must pay full restitution the computer analysis and technology unit within the financial and computer crimes bureau handled a number of important prosecutions in 2011 in one case a five-year prison term was secured against daniel goncalves who pleaded guilty to stealing a company s internet domain name and selling it over ebay for more than $110,000 to an unsuspecting buyer in what is the first known conviction for a domain name theft the unit also obtained a guilty plea from a madison borough police officer james haspel who was sentenced in december to six years in prison for soliciting a nude photo online from a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl but who was in fact an undercover detective of the state police digital technology investigations unit financial computer crimes specialized crimes the newly formed financial computer crimes bureau filed major cases in 2011 targeting financial fraud and computer crimes including cases involving computer theft child pornography and internet predators in the area of financial fraud the bureau obtained an indictment charging a lawyer michael kwasnik with stealing more than $1 million from an elderly cherry hill woman who had hired him for estate planning purposes the bureau charged kwasnik in a second indictment with stealing $324,000 from a personal injury settlement that his law partner had recovered for a married couple the state also filed a civil lawsuit charging kwasnik his father and others with engaging in a fraudulent scheme in which 73 investors most of them elderly lost $8.5 million another lawyer amodeo gaglioti of westfield was indicted by the bureau on charges he stole $189,660 in closing funds entrusted to him as the settlement agent for a home sale the bureau also indicted an alleged new jersey con artist and his canadian partner on charges they posed as investment bankers and financial advisors to steal more than $500,000 from clients who were promised millions of dollars in venture capital 6

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division of criminal justice the new specialized crimes bureau also pursued significant cases in december it unsealed indictments charging 40 people ­ including six former state motor vehicle commission clerks 21 customers and 13 brokers and other intermediaries ­ with participating in criminal rings that illegally sold new jersey digital driver s licenses to unauthorized persons at five local motor vehicle agencies in lodi east orange edison jersey city and north bergen in september the specialized crimes bureau indicted a newtown pa man on charges that while serving as ceo of two burlington township manufacturing companies owned by his wife s extended family he stole more than $2.3 million from the companies though various schemes the ceo s wife was charged in connection with more than $1.2 million of her husband s alleged thefts market in hudson bergen ocean morris and monmouth counties a co-defendant dr clifton howell pleaded guilty to a charge of health care claims fraud he was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $101,281 in restitution howell admitted to knowingly causing a claim to be submitted to the medicaid program for a prescription drug dispensed to a medicaid beneficiary when in fact the prescription drug was not dispensed to the intended individual the charges stemmed from operation medscam a joint investigation by oifp s medicaid fraud control unit and the jersey city police department s special investigation unit to date oifp has secured 34 convictions and recovered more than $500,000 for the medicaid program and law enforcement through the investigation in august home health aide yvette bullard was indicted on charges that while employed by a home health care agency in brick she stole $144,950 from an elderly woman in november two pharmacists pleaded guilty to third-degree medicaid fraud for their roles in a lucrative scheme in which pharmacy owners and employees bought completed prescription forms for expensive hiv/aids drugs from indigent patients so medicaid could be billed for drugs that were never actually dispensed nadeen akhtar a licensed pharmacist admitted that he offered bribes to medicaid beneficiaries to induce them to bring their prescriptions to orange drugs omar mohammad also a licensed pharmacist admitted to knowingly submitting claims to the medicaid program for drugs that were not dispensed these guilty pleas were part of operation pharmscam in which six pharmacies and two medical clinics in jersey city and newark were charged with participating in a multimillion dollar medicaid fraud conspiracy the investigation identified more than 25 coconspirators including pharmacists doctors physician assistants pharmacy technicians and medicaid beneficiaries oifp s medicaid fraud control unit participates in state and federal global civil cases pursuant to the federal false claims act when corporate defendants knowingly present or cause to be presented a false or fraudulent claim to the federal medicaid 1 1 office of the insurance fraud prosecutor the office of the insurance fraud prosecutor oifp filed 302 new cases in 2011 including cases charging licensed professionals with defrauding the medicaid program private insurers or clients in august daniel trolaro a former north jersey insurance agent securities dealer and certified financial planner working for the prudential insurance company of america was sentenced to six years in prison for defrauding nine clients out of more than $1.9 million and using their money to gamble online prudential was awarded a consent judgment against trolaro for more than $2 million and he was ordered by the court to pay $75,000 in restitution in july oifp arrested 11 people including three chiropractors licensed in new jersey ­ scott greenberg christopher montana and fernando barrese ­ for their alleged roles in two separate schemes involving illegal runners the runners were used to recruit patients whose treatment would facilitate insurance fraud in september 2011 louis lisi was sentenced to 22 years in prison with nine years of parole ineligibility for leading a narcotics ring that defrauded medicaid and unlawfully distributed prescription pain pills oxycontin percocet on the black 7

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new jersey office of the attorney general · department of law public safety program in 2011 oifp personnel led the national team that negociated a false claims act with kos pharmaceuticals a subsidiary of abbott laboratories the national agreement resolved allegations that kos engaged in offlabel marketing of its cholesterol treatment medications advicor and niaspan and offered illegal kickbacks to physicians and other medical professionals physician groups and managed health care organizations to prescribe or recommend these drugs the total national civil settlement with kos exceeded $38 million in 2011 the medicaid fraud control unit recouped for the new jersey medicaid program more than $21.7 million in state and federal dollars via its participation in 11 federal false claims act settlements new jersey s largest settlements of more than $1 million each were reached with glaxosmithkline novartis pharmaceuticals schwarz pharma forest laboratories elan pharmaceuticals/eisai pharmaceuticals and ortho-mcneil pharmaceuticals an additional $2.8 million is expected to be paid to new jersey in 2012 by maxim health services following a false claims act settlement reached in 2011 may play when these drugs are improperly dispensed the need for greater insurance and prescription monitoring and the cost to the public in september the attorney general s office announced a new memorandum of agreement to be executed by school districts and law enforcement agencies to enhance harassment-related school policies and procedures and to protect students from bullying under the provisions of the antibullying bill of rights act the revised moa provides for coordination of efforts between law enforcement and school officials particularly in cases involving conduct that may constitute a crime or disorderly persons offense in 2011 the new jersey victims of crime compensation office continued its commitment to providing quality services to innocent victims of crime by awarding $10 million to victims in addition the division distributed nearly $3.6 million to more than 500 new jersey law enforcement agencies to buy body armor vests for officers appellate victories the division s appellate bureau won significant victories that continued to shape state law in important areas related to law enforcement including other initiatives the division of criminal justice played an integral role in a number of key publicsafety-related initiatives announced by the attorney general s office in 2011 substantial revisions to the attorney general s internal affairs policy procedures were made to ensure that complaints against law enforcement officers in new jersey are thoroughly investigated and monitored by police departments and the county prosecutors and that individual cases of misconduct and potential patterns of abuse are appropriately addressed in july the attorney general s office announced a number of stringent reforms designed to curtail the improper prescription distribution possession and usage of anabolic steroids human growth hormone hgh and human chorionic gonadotropin hcg among law enforcement personnel and state and local employees the reforms followed an assessment by a study group that was tasked to examine law enforcement drug testing policies the role physicians amaya v state of new jersey a federal judge granted the state s motion for summary judgment and upheld the constitutionality of new jersey s money laundering statutes in a published opinion the court found that the new jersey statutes were not vague or overbroad did not violate the commerce clause and that the inference in the statutes was permissive and therefore constitutional the u.s third circuit court of appeals subsequently upheld the federal judge s finding on behalf of the state 8

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division of criminal justice state v steele the appellate division in a published opinion held that the plain language of the new mandatory pension forfeiture statute mandated the forfeiture of all of the portion of the defendant s pension that he earned as a member of the retirement fund he participated in at the time he committed the offense and that covered the position involved in the offense the court rejected the trial court s determination that it had the discretion to limit the forfeiture 1 11 1 state v dorio the appellate division in a published opinion affirmed defendant s convictions arising from a division of criminal justice prosecution for his role in a planned bankruptcy or bust-out scheme the court found as the state had argued that the indictment against defendant dorio was returned within the statute of limitations period n 9

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new jersey office of the attorney general · department of law public safety division of state police members of the state police work to protect the general public by providing statewide police services including highway and marine patrols criminal investigation and enforcement intelligence gathering disaster management homeland-security-related initiatives emergency medical transport forensic science laboratory services and maintenance of criminal records and crime data the state police is organized geographically into various troop areas that are further delineated into sections units and bureaus that provide for intensified focus on such issues as street crime and violence drug trafficking and other forms of organized crime disaster response cyber-crime casino crime and domestic preparedness the state police employs traditional law enforcement strategies in conjunction with new approaches and cutting-edge technology to most effectively deal with such threats as illegal drug distribution violent gang activity official corruption internet predators and identity theft more information about the state police is available at www.njsp.org 10

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division of state police violent crimes bureau fugitive unit n arrest of lakewood police officer s killer as the result of a multi-jurisdictional task force effort led by the state police mobile deployment initiative accused police killer jahmell crockam was arrested in camden city on january 16 2011 crockam was wanted in connection with the shooting murder of lakewood police officer christopher matlosz two days earlier members of the state police worked with local county and federal law enforcement partners during 38 hours of intensified police work to learn the whereabouts of crockam a member of the bloods street gang and capture him arrest of accused killers who fled to cuba in april 2011 the fugitive unit began aiding in the search for damien leo denis catania and dianna camacho three suspects wanted in connection with the killing of 23 year-old ross heimlich in 2010 as the result of an intensified manhunt leo was arrested in philadelphia however catania and camacho had fled by then to cuba through the efforts of the fugitive unit working with the u.s department of state and the u.s marshal s fugitive task force both catania and camacho were ultimately taken into custody in havana and returned to new jersey for prosecution in the heimlich killing heimlich of voorhees suffered blunt force trauma his body was found in a burning car in hammonton in september 2010 loads of stolen wine and liquor cvs pharmacy products fubu shoes and jeans delmonte canned goods and roofing supplies valued at $650,000 were also recovered and returned to the victim companies counterfeit manufacturing arrests after arresting several suspects for selling counterfeit items at the columbus flea market in burlington county the cargo theft unit learned of a counterfeit manufacturing warehouse in passaic city as a result troopers ultimately searched the warehouse and found 20,000 pieces of finished counterfeit clothing items valued at $1.6 million as well as hundreds of thousands of labels packaging and blank clothing in addition two 2-head embroidery machines used to sew the counterfeit markings on the blank clothing were also seized troopers later arrested the owner-operator of the warehouse on charges of trademark counterfeiting 1 1 computer crimes high technology surveillance bureau digital investigations unit n operation phoenix as the result of a state police digital technology investigation a 26-year-old bridgeton man and a 20-year-old winslow township woman were arrested and ultimately indicted in 2011 on charges of photographing a sexual act involving children in a connected case a woman from cape may county was arrested and later indicted on charges related to her alleged performing of oral sex on an infant charged in the first case were gary t cramer of bridgeton and rachel l baker of winslow cramer and baker were indicted in june 2011 on charges of aggravated sexual assault endangering the welfare of a child and possession of child pornography the charges related to allegations that baker at cramer s urging used her cell phone to photograph a girl and boy engaged in a sexual act and then transmitted the photo to cramer cramer and baker were charged with five additional counts of endangering the welfare of a child including possession and distribution of child pornography in connection with cargo theft unit n reynaldo su cargo theft ring unit members following up on information they d developed arrested three suspects at a recycling facility in hackensack on charges of receiving stolen property and fencing the three were charged in connection with the sale of portions of $550,000 worth of copper tubing stolen from a warehouse in carteret subsequently one of the suspects told troopers he operated a warehouse in north bergen and would grant consent to search it unit members then searched the warehouse and found the remainder of the copper tubing ­ a total of 55 pallets had been stolen ­ as well as five trailer 11

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