Predatory lenders NewDay USA & Federal Saving Bank exploit military borrowers

Active-duty military troops and veterans are being grossly overcharged for VA home loans, according to Democratic activist Lisa McCormick, who called on federal regulators to suspend or ban alleged greedy loan companies as well as strengthen oversight of lenders. McCormick made her comments after reading a report that shows predatory mortgage lenders are still exploitingContinue reading “Predatory lenders NewDay USA & Federal Saving Bank exploit military borrowers”

State stepping up lanternfly fight

New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher is asking that residents inform the government about sightings of the spotted lanternfly, which can be reported by using an online form. Residents and businesses are also encouraged to find resources for treatment options at http://www.badbug.nj.gov. “We have asked the homeowners of our state to informContinue reading “State stepping up lanternfly fight”

Iguana smuggler admits guilt

A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man today admitted falsely labeling as “Toys” a package containing 10 live rhinoceros iguanas that was destined for Hong Kong. Jason Ksepka, 44, of Farmingdale, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Zahid Quraishi in Trenton federal court to an information, charging him with one count of violating theContinue reading “Iguana smuggler admits guilt”

Federal housing scam investigation targets Roselle school board member

An unemployed Roselle Board of Education member who owns two homes in the borough is under investigation for allegedly collecting federal housing subsidies for an apartment that was rented to a family member. Delia Ware-Tibbs is suspected of renting a home at 220 East Linden Road in Roselle, which she owned, to her brother, DoryanContinue reading “Federal housing scam investigation targets Roselle school board member”

Bernie Sanders slams Pallone panel’s failure to pass drug cost reduction

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders last week issued a statement lambasting the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee for failing to include a critical provision allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices during a markup of reconciliation legislation. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) said he was “disappointed that we wereContinue reading “Bernie Sanders slams Pallone panel’s failure to pass drug cost reduction”

Jersey City police officer catches baby

A New Jersey police officer is being hailed a hero after he caught a baby who was tossed from a second-floor balcony on Saturday. Officer Eduardo Matute caught the 1-month-old baby who was dropped from a second-story balcony, according to Mayor Steve Fulop and Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. While officers responding to an emergency report of aContinue reading “Jersey City police officer catches baby”

Stagehand strike seems a show-stopper

Hollywood seems like a glamorous world to outsiders but behind the scenes, the creative engines of America’s entertainment industry function much like other industries, where most of the heavy labor is done by low-paid employees while the fattest paychecks go to executives and investors who often do little more than push pencils or move money.Continue reading “Stagehand strike seems a show-stopper”

Redistricting is something you should care about because it endangers democracy

Redistricting is the process of drawing the lines of districts from which public officials are elected, and it happens every ten years after results of the Census are tabulated. Each of New Jersey’s 12 United States Representatives and 120 state legislators are elected from political divisions called districts. When it’s conducted fairly, it accurately reflectsContinue reading “Redistricting is something you should care about because it endangers democracy”

Health care fraud scheme robbed more than $4 million from insurance plan

A federal grand jury recently returned a five-count indictment charging a Gloucester County, New Jersey, man with defrauding his employer’s health insurance plan out of more than $4 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary compounded medications.  Christopher Gualtieri, 48, of Franklinville, New Jersey, is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud andContinue reading “Health care fraud scheme robbed more than $4 million from insurance plan”

Trump lawyer sought to enlist VP Mike Pence in plot to subvert Constitution

A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump’s legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the Electoral College votes by throwing out electors from seven states, according to the new book “Peril” from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.Continue reading “Trump lawyer sought to enlist VP Mike Pence in plot to subvert Constitution”

Democrats try to prevent two crises: stop shutdown & suspend debt limit

Republicans obstruct White House with financial disaster House and Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a measure that would fund the government through December while preventing a potential default on U.S. debts until next year, setting up a last-minute scramble ahead of key fiscal deadlines on Capitol Hill. Government funding expires at the end of September,Continue reading “Democrats try to prevent two crises: stop shutdown & suspend debt limit”

Biden lets LGBT veterans forced out of service receive Veterans Affairs benefits

Tens of thousands of LGBT veterans forced out of the military and given other-than-honorable discharges over their sexual orientation will be able to receive full Veterans Affairs benefits under a new move from the Biden admin set to be announced Monday. While gay service members can now serve openly in the military, veterans kicked outContinue reading “Biden lets LGBT veterans forced out of service receive Veterans Affairs benefits”

Gunman lands 2½ years in prison

A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man was sentenced to today to 30 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Khalil I. Howard, 24, of Neptune, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan, who imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court, to an indictment chargingContinue reading “Gunman lands 2½ years in prison”

Union County man admits to stealing $450,000 in unemployment benefits

A Union Township man today admitted that he illegally obtained more than $450,000 in New Jersey unemployment insurance benefits.  Maurice Mills, 29, of Union, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti to an information charging him with wire fraud. According to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig, documents filed in theContinue reading “Union County man admits to stealing $450,000 in unemployment benefits”

Drug dealers killed 450,000 Americans but get lighter penalty than poor Black convicts

Shawn Davis was sentenced to 15 tears behind bars after authorities concluded a 10-month investigation dubbed “Operation Maple Empire” that found he ran a heroin trafficking ring in Trenton. New Jersey State Police confiscated guns, drugs, and cash from 25 people arrested in the bust of the drug ring they accused Davis of running butContinue reading “Drug dealers killed 450,000 Americans but get lighter penalty than poor Black convicts”

Senators demand probe into Amazon’s treatment of pregnant employees

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and four of their colleagues, sent a letter to the to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Charlotte Burrows requesting an investigation into allegations that Amazon denies reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees at its fulfillment centers. The senators requested that the EEOC investigate Amazon’s allegedContinue reading “Senators demand probe into Amazon’s treatment of pregnant employees”

New Jersey naval commander moves to White House military post

Capt. Eric J. Hawn relieved New Jersey native Capt. Gregory G. Vinci during a change of command ceremony held on the Washington Navy Yard Aug. 27. Vinci, a native of Rockaway Borough, relieved Capt. Andrew Hascall to become the ninth commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington in 2019. Hawn became the tenthContinue reading “New Jersey naval commander moves to White House military post”

Feds charge 138 suspects in $1.4 billion in health-care fraud schemes

The Department of Justice on Friday announced criminal charges against 138 defendants, including 42 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, in 31 federal districts across the United States for their alleged participation in various health care fraud schemes that resulted in approximately $1.4 billion in alleged losses. The charges target about $1.1 billion inContinue reading “Feds charge 138 suspects in $1.4 billion in health-care fraud schemes”

Kids catching Covid-19

COVID-19 cases in children have risen 30-fold since late June and are now at record highs, with nearly 500,000 new child cases reported in the past two weeks, according to the latest data released by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday. Pediatric cases have “increased exponentially,” the AAP said in a statement. The riseContinue reading “Kids catching Covid-19”

Firefighters struggle to save massive ancient trees in Sequoia National Park

With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters on Thursday fought fire with fire. Using firing operations to burn out flammable vegetation and other matter before the wildfire arrives in the Giant Forest is one of several ways firefighters can use their nemesis as a tool toContinue reading “Firefighters struggle to save massive ancient trees in Sequoia National Park”