Monday, May 14, 2012
Woman claimed she once worked for acclaimed financier George Soros, prosecutors say.
A Manahawkin woman bilked investors out of about $450,000 over six years by claiming their money was going to a hedge fund handled by New York City finance magnate George Soros, the Bergen County Prosecutor said Monday. Dunya Predovan, 57, was arrested Thursday on charges of theft by deception and issuing bad checks after investigators with the Prosecutor’s Office and Alpine police uncovered her Ponzi scheme, Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement. Predovan told victims she worked for Soros in the 1980’s and promised a large return on the investments, Molinelli said. Soros, however, had never heard of Predovan and she had not worked for the famed financier, according to the prosecutor. “To date, none of the victims have received …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Prosecutor says additional arrest is possible
TEANECK, NJ -- A jealous husband was behind the killing of a Teaneck man who was found shot to death last year in his charred Elm Avenue home, authorities charged Friday. Sui Kam “Tony” Tung, 49, faces first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder and aggravated arson charges in the March 2011 death of Robert Cantor, according to a statement released Friday night by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Tung confronted Cantor at his home late the night of March 6, 2011 after learning of an affair between Tung’s estranged wife and Cantor, Prosecutor John Molinelli said in the statement. Tung first learned of the relationship in 2010 and began stalking Cantor, eventually confronting him in Teaneck the night before he was found shot and …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
New Milford man’s sister left with severe internal injuries, authorities say.
The New Milford man charged in a single-car River Road crash that left his sister hospitalized with serious internal injuries had his drivers license suspended nearly two dozen times, a state official said Tuesday. Alejandro J. Beasley Jr.’s license was suspended 23 times between January 2007 and January 2012, all for administrative reasons, according to state Motor Vehicle Commission spokesman Mike Horan. Administrative suspensions are issued for offenses including not paying surcharges and failure to appear in court. Beginning in April 2006, Beasley received 17 violations and had six points on his license, Horan said. Nine of the violations were for being an unlicensed driver, but none were for driving while intoxicated. Beasley, 27, was…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Both treated for internal injuries after River Road crash, authorities say.
A 27-year-old New Milford man was driving while intoxicated when he slammed into a tree on River Road early Sunday, injuring him and his sister, authorities said. Alejandro J. Beasley Jr. was driving his 2009 Volkswagen Passat north on River Road around 4:30 a.m. when he suddenly drove off the roadway and violently crashed into a tree near Dearborn Street, a statement from Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. Prosecutors charged him with assault by auto, driving while intoxicated, careless driving and uninsured motor vehicle. Bail was set at $25,000. Beasley and his 24-year-old sister, Ariana K. Beasley, both suffered internal injuries in the crash and were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, Molinelli said. She …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Six months since a study recommended sweeping changes to Bergen County Police Department, none have come.
Note: This story was published on Dec. 4, 2011 Six months after a study called for sweeping changes to the Bergen County Police Department, none of the study's central recommendations have been implemented as the fight over the future of the agency continues, a fight that has seemingly chilled the relationship of two county leaders who were allies this time last year. Bergen County officials are currently waiting for a second report on the county police that’s supposed to be completed early next year, this one by a committee created by County Executive Kathleen Donovan. Critics - most notably Sheriff Michael Saudino, who swept into office with Donovan last November - argue the panel is composed primarily of political appointees rather …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Authorities say Lee Aviles Jr. was customer of large-scale marijuana smuggling ring
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Two Edgewater men imported as much as 1,000 pounds of marijuana into New Jersey from Northern California since the start of 2012, authorities said Saturday. Matthew Martin, 43, and Danny Saleh, 34, made bulk purchases of marijuana in the "Emerald Triangle" of Northern California during bi-monthly trips, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said in a release. The Emerald Triangle is perhaps the most fertile marijuana growing region in the country and supplies much of California's legal marijuana. The men would ship the drug back to New Jersey and Brooklyn via the post office, authorities said. Authorities intercepted the last shipment from California, seizing boxes holding about 100 pounds of pot, Molinelli said. The marijuana, Molinelli…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Prosecutor's Office targets 12 massage parlors across the county.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Bergen County authorities arrested 27 people and seized more than $27,000 in a weeklong prostitution sweep, Prosecutor John Molinelli said Monday. Half a dozen women were working as prostitutes at a Paramus hotel, Molinelli said. "Targeted during this investigation were numerous illegal massage parlors and in-call prostitution operations that have been operating in area hotels," Molinelli said in a statement. Police arrested 11 people on March 15 as part of the anti-prostitution initiative. The 11 people were either prostitutes or their drivers, Molinelli said. Hanna Young, 38, of Queens, N.Y., Yan Zhang, 43, of Queens, N.Y., Joann Marsaka, 24, of Bayonne, Amanda Blackwell, 23, of Emporia, Va., Sofia Matallana, 35, of Spring Valley, and …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Bail stays at $2.5 million after hearing Wednesday.
The 19-year-old man charged in connection with a series of anti-Semitic attacks on area synagogues had a blueprint of a school in Camden County marked for another attack and labeled “Project Anarchy,” according to a report on northjersey.com. Investigators found the blueprint of John F. Kennedy Memorial Elementary School, in West Berlin, during a search of Aakash Dalal’s apartment, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Martin Delaney said at a bail hearing Wednesday, the report said. Prosecutors did not say how Dalal may have obtained the blueprints or why he allegedly focused on the south Jersey school. There was no record of any related charges being filed against Dalal, a Camden County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman said Wednesday afternoon…
Monday, March 5, 2012
Faller Drive resident charged with weapons possession and disorderly conduct.
Responding to a call of a man hunting geese with a crossbow at Hardcastle Pond behind the Dorchester apartment complex, New Milford police arrested John Hall, 49, of Faller Drive, and charged him with three counts of weapons possession, one count of possession of a prohibited weapon and disorderly conduct. Chief Frank Papapietro said that Lt. John O’Malley, along with officers John Moroney and Kevin VanSaders, responded to a call behind the Dorchester apartment complex on Sunday at approximately 8:45 a.m. where they found Hall carrying a yellow duffle bag. Papapietro said that while questioning Hall, the officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. When advised by police to place his duffle bag on the ground, the officers …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Zachary Garry and Joseph Delguercio were arrested by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
Three men, including two from River Edge, have been charged with distributing ounces of marijuana, authorities said Friday. River Edge residents Zachary Garry, 19 and Joseph Delguercio, 20, along with Reagen Owimrin, 21, of Saddle Brook, were charged after a month-long undercover investigation, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a news release. The investigation began in late January following Garry's sale of one ounce of marijuana to an undercover detective in the Bergen County Narcotic Task Force in River Edge, authorities said. Similar transactions took place towards the very end of January and again in mid-February, authorities said. Following a fourth transaction on Feb. 23, Garry was arrested and a search warrant was …