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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Donald Trump incited an attempted coup d’état, so why isn’t he being prosecuted?

On January 6, 2021, thousands of supporters President Donald Trump gathered at a rally organized to challenge the result of last November’s presidential election, which was based on the false assertion that the Republican actually won but nefarious forces intervened. Trump spoke to the mob at the National Mall, near the White House in WashingtonContinue reading “Donald Trump incited an attempted coup d’état, so why isn’t he being prosecuted?”

Polluters applauded by EPA

Two giant pharmaceutical corporations that have been repeatedly punished for fouling the ecosystem with toxins have been given awards by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for designing chemical products or processes that reduce the use of hazardous substances. Various damages have been alleged about environmental contamination over a period of 103 years at or emanatingContinue reading “Polluters applauded by EPA”

Alaska Air National Guard members do volunteer duty in New Jersey

About 20 Alaska Air National Guard members are providing assistance to Operation Allies Welcome at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Operation Allies Welcome is a Department of Homeland Security-led effort supported by the Department of State, Department of Defense, and U.S. Northern Command to provide transportation, temporary housing, and general support for Afghan special immigrantContinue reading “Alaska Air National Guard members do volunteer duty in New Jersey”

Insurance salesman indicted for creating policies for fictitious people

A Morris County insurance producer was indicted for creating fictitious policies in order to reap additional commissions. Justin Radulovich, 31, of Rockaway, was indicted on second-degree Insurance Fraud and third-degree Theft by Deception. While employed by American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (“Aflac”), Radulovich allegedly established nine group accounts and falsified dozens of electronicContinue reading “Insurance salesman indicted for creating policies for fictitious people”

Baltimore man indicted for trying to murder victim he believed was gay

A teenaged homophobic thug from Baltimore, Maryland, was indicted on attempted murder and bias intimidation charges for savagely beating and choking a learning-disabled man because he suspected the victim of being gay in a park in North Bergen, N.J., on the night of June 21, 2021. The 37-year-old victim from West New York had apparentlyContinue reading “Baltimore man indicted for trying to murder victim he believed was gay”

Police officer who caused Edison pedestrian’s death under investigation

The Attorney General’s Office released video footage from a private security camera and audio recordings of 911 calls and a police radio call related to a fatal incident in which a police vehicle struck a pedestrian on August 1, 2021 in East Brunswick. A 55-year-old man from Edison identified as Julius Filep was the pedestrianContinue reading “Police officer who caused Edison pedestrian’s death under investigation”

Biden’s grounding sky-high fares at Newark-Liberty International Airport

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued a notice to the Federal Register of its intention to identify a single low-cost or ultra-low cost carrier to operate 16 peak afternoon and evening runway timings at Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR). The action comes on the heels of a DC Circuit Court ruling and President JoeContinue reading “Biden’s grounding sky-high fares at Newark-Liberty International Airport”

Postal worker robbed cell phones

A Hudson County Postal Service worker today admitted stealing dozens of cell phones that passed through a mail distribution center where he was employed. Kyle Terry, 36, of Jersey City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging him with one count of theft of mailContinue reading “Postal worker robbed cell phones”

ex-New Jersey mom accused of killing two daughters in Phoenix, Arizona

A mother who was originally from Atlantic County, New Jersey, is accused of killing her two daughters by reportedly drugging them with prescription pills including oxycodone. Four-year-old Royal McIntyre and a 9-year-old Aleyah McIntyre were found unresponsive in a bed at a home in Phoenix, Arizona, last week. According to officials and published reports, theContinue reading “ex-New Jersey mom accused of killing two daughters in Phoenix, Arizona”

New Jersey joins fight against Texas attack on reproductive freedom, privacy

New Jersey has joined a multi-state coalition of 24 state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent lawsuit seeking to prevent Texas from effectively banning most abortions in the state. The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on September 9 against the state of Texas, arguing that theContinue reading “New Jersey joins fight against Texas attack on reproductive freedom, privacy”