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SOCIAL MEDIA BAN LANDS OFFENDER IN JAIL

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office teamed with NJ State Department of Parole this week to arrest Michael Christ Wenk, 40, of Little Egg Harbor Township for violating the conditions of a court imposed parole supervision for life.  The arrest came as the result of a tip posted simultaneously to the state “Offender Watch” tip line and OCPO’s Facebook page.

Wenk was arrested Wednesday night (7/19) at his Little Egg Harbor Township residence by State Parole Officer Joseph Riaves, OCPO Megans Unit Detectives John Argento and Michael LePore.  His arrest was the result of the community tip and subsequent investigation by the partnering agencies showing Wenk’s use of social media in violation of his parole supervision for life. As per the conditions of his parole, he was immediately remanded to OCJ for the violation.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Megans Unit is one of the few county agencies to have state parole officers permanently on staff to prosecute and provide oversight of Megan’s Law offenders.  Anyone with relevant information concerning violations of Megan’s Law can contact OCPO’s Megan’s Unit at (732) 929-2027 Ext. 2903 or through the New Jersey State Police Offenders Watch Tip Line found at www.njsp.org.  All information may be given anonymously.

MICHAEL CHRIST WENK

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POLICING PARTNERSHIP RIDES AGAIN

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced his CR539 Safety/Enforcement Initiative partners will team up again to remind drivers to drive responsibly.  The detail will run from Thursday (7/20) to Sunday (8/6).

Prosecutor Coronato stated, “The CR539 detail has managed to raise significant awareness among the motoring public regarding the safety issues along CR539, but more important it led to coordinated efforts by Ocean County Law Enforcement, Ocean County Engineering and Road Departments to take important steps toward making commuting along CR539 safer.  Sadly, on September 17, 2016 a month after completing last year’s enforcement detail, three people lost their lives in a fatal crash on CR539 in Little Egg Harbor Township.”

Prosecutor Coronato continued, “With the increased summer traffic volume I don’t want to see a repeat of that tragedy.  The many partners involved in past efforts are being brought together again to serve as a visible reminder that the responsibility of driving safety never ends.  Though the coordinated enforcement element will conclude in August, policing agencies along CR539 will continue to make CR539 patrols a priority.  Now that the partnership logistics and plans have been worked out, the coordinated enforcement element can be quickly reinstituted in the event of increased reports of accidents or dangerous driving behaviors.”

The safety/enforcement initiative on CR 539 between Tuckerton and Plumsted Borough encompasses seven (7) municipal jurisdictions traversing 38 miles of roadway in Ocean County from Milepost 0 – 38.  The road crosses through the towns of Tuckerton, Little Egg Harbor, Stafford, Barnegat, Lacey, Manchester, Plumsted and Jackson.  This two-lane highway runs southeast to northwest through Ocean County and is frequently used by local seniors, commuters traveling to the Trenton area, tourists looking to vacation along the Jersey Shore and a large amount of commercial trucks.

The partnership is the result of extensive meetings called for by Prosecutor Coronato with local police chiefs, county officers/officials, NJ State Police and the Ocean County Road/Engineering Departments to address CR539 safety issues.  Beyond the enforcement element, the initiative includes Engineering and Education elements that will continue into the future.  The crafted initiative is a coordinated multi-jurisdictional/agency effort supported by the Chiefs of Police and Department Heads from the following jurisdictions/agencies:

  • Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Ocean County Sheriff’s Department
  • NJ State Police Troop “C” – Red Lion and Tuckerton Stations
  • NJ State Police Troop “C” – Tactical Patrol Unit
  • NJ State Police – Transportation Safety Bureau
  • Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Ocean County Road Department
  • Ocean County Engineering Department
  • Barnegat Police Department
  • Jackson Police Department
  • Lacey Police Department
  • Little Egg Harbor Police Department
  • Manchester Police Department
  • Plumsted Police Department
  • Stafford Police Department
  • Tuckerton Police Department

The enforcement element of the initiative will bring vigilant and aggressive enforcement of all those motor vehicle moving and equipment violations that are major contributory causes to crashes.  These causes include, but are not limited to, Improper Passing, Excessive Speed, Driving While Under the Influence, Aggressive Driving, Improper Turning, Failing to Yield, Inattentive Driving, Disregard of Traffic Signal, Following Too Close and various commercial carrier violations such as overweight, equipment maintenance and brake pressure.  Additionally as part of the enforcement efforts, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office personnel assigned to the detail will utilized unmarked police vehicles to report any aggressive and erratic driving to operating marked units, all policing agencies are encouraged to utilize patrol vehicles equipped with Automated License Plate Readers, and Variable Message Signs will be strategically placed along the roadway.

The engineering aspect of the initiative has to date completed many of the below proposed safety improvements:

  1. Rumble strips: Reduces centerline crossover motor vehicle accidents often caused by sleepy motorists or those traveling at excessive speeds.
  2. Raised pavement markers: These markers are fairly common on roadways today and are designed to increase nighttime visibility. They are typically placed along the center lines of a roadway and reflect the light from a motor vehicle’s headlights to outline the lanes of a highway in rural areas.
  3. All-weather reflective striping: Makes the lines on a roadway easier to see at night (like a cat’s eyes), particularly in bad weather conditions.
  4. Radar-activated LED (light-emitting diode) chevron signs placed in clusters at curves and will light up in a synchronous pattern when a motor vehicle approaches to outline the sharpness of the curve.
  5. High-friction road surface designed to prevent a vehicle from skidding when its driver attempts to stop suddenly from a high rate of speed.

The education element will also continue to include signage, media postings, radio public service announcements, awareness posters and coordinated social media postings by all the partnering agencies.  Prosecutor Coronato has directed all participating Chiefs to continue to be proactive in keeping media informed of crash stats and initiative developments.

We continue to ask the motoring public to police themselves by simply driving responsibly.

PROSECUTOR CORONATO TAKES A MOMENT ROADSIDE OF CR539.  TO THANK THE POLICING PARTNERS AND WISH THEM A SAFE PATROL

 

 

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GUILTY PLEA IN LAKEWOOD STABBING DEATH

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced a guilty plea entered  yesterday (7/17) by Dimitri Darzhinov, 54, of Lakewood to Aggravated Manslaughter before Judge Wendel E. Daniels for the death of Gela Suqiashvilli, 54, on June 14, 2016 in Lakewood Twp.  His sentencing is tentatively scheduled for September 1st.  Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Biringer is the case prosecutor.  OCPO Det. John Murphy and Lakewood Police Detective Oscar Valmon handled the case investigation, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff Department CSI.  OCPO Victim Witness Advocate Allison Betts served as liaison to the victim’s family.

The guilty plea stems from a fatal stabbing that took place on Tuesday (6/14/2016).  On that date, at approximately 1:04 am, the Lakewood Police Department received a 911 call through the Howell Police Department in which the Russian speaking caller through language line reported that a stabbing had occurred at 149 East Kennedy Boulevard, Building 4, Apartment 7, in Lakewood, New Jersey.  The Lakewood Police Department subsequently dispatched Officers to the apartment who knocked on the door and received no response from inside.

Lakewood officers proceeded to check the apartment complex area and located Dimitri Darzhinov several doors down from apartment 149.  Dorzhinov spoke Russian to the Officers who located him.  The Officers utilized language line to communicate with him and learned that Darzhinov was involved in an altercation within apartment 149 with the occupant.

Lakewood Police Officers immediately responded back to the apartment and forced entry finding a victim, later identified as Gela Suqiashvilli, sitting on a chair unresponsive and suffering from multiple puncture and slash wounds to his upper torso and face.  Monoc Medic Unit 207 was immediately summoned to provide medical aid, however, Suqiashvilli was pronounced dead 1:48 am.  Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crime Unit and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI were notified and responded to assist in the investigation.

As the crime scene was being processed, Dimitri Darzhinov was taken to the Lakewood Police Headquarters where OCPO Major Crimes Detective John Murphy and Lakewood Police Detective Oscar Valmon continued the investigation.  Lakewood Police Officer Tymur Zavalnyuk, who speaks Russian, was able to communicate with Darzhinov and provided translation assistance. The investigation found that Darzhinov and the victim began to wrestle, which escalated and resulted in the stabbing.  Darzhinov then made the 911 call reporting the stabbing after leaving the residence.

Dimitri Darzhinov

 

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79-COUNT INDICTMENT HANDED-UP BY HUDSON COUNTY GRAND JURY; ALLEGED CHARGES DESCRIBE VIOLENCE THAT SPANS OCEAN, MONMOUTH AND HUDSON COUNTIES

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

On July 12, 2017, a Hudson County Grand Jury handed up a 79-count indictment charging Golden Williamson, age 31, of Jersey City, with being a Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network and two counts of Murder relating to the deaths of Kevin Miles on Stuyvesant Avenue in Jersey City on January 28, 2016, and Byunguen Lee on Bergen Avenue in Jersey City on December 19, 2015.

Williamson is also charged with the attempted murder of several victims in Jersey City as well as multiple victims in Toms River, New Jersey.

A joint investigation conducted by the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor, the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor and multiple municipal police departments revealed an illegal drug enterprise that extended from Jersey City to Monmouth and Ocean counties where Williamson and his associates would arrange for the distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substances that included heroin and cocaine.

Also charged in the indictment are Eric Dawson, age 26, of Jersey City; Robert Dawson, age 26, of East Orange; James Staggers, age 28, of Jersey City; Darrell Winfree, age 34, of Jersey City; Adrian Rodino, age 41, of West New York; and Shannon Walter, age 25, of Brick.

Eric Dawson is charged, along with Williamson, with one-count of Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder related to the death of Kevin Miles, as well as weapons related offenses.

Staggers is charged, along with Williamson, with Attempted Murder and several weapons offenses related to a shooting that occurred on November 4, 2015, on Ocean Avenue in Jersey City.

Robert Dawson, Winfree, Rodino and Walter were charged with Conspiracy and Illegal Drug offenses as part of the Narcotics Trafficking Network.

“The leaders of this violent narcotics network engaged in multiple vicious attacks bringing fear and intimidation to witnesses, residents and business owners in Jersey City and other municipalities statewide,” said Prosecutor Suarez. “I am extremely proud of the collaborative effort by the law enforcement professionals who engaged in the lengthy, detailed and methodical investigation which led to this indictment.”

In commenting about the investigation, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato stated, “The connectivity, cooperation and investigative excellence demonstrated by members of both the Hudson and Ocean County Prosecutor Offices has resulted in a very clear picture of the potential danger this defendant and his associates presented to New Jersey citizens. The Ocean County Major Crimes Unit and Special Operations Group were able to complete one of the most significant criminal cases of my tenure thanks to the help and professionalism of Hudson County Prosecutor’s investigators.”

Prosecutor Suarez credited investigators from her Homicide Unit and Gang Task Force, as well  as the Major Crimes Unit of the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Jersey City Police Department, the Toms River Police Department, the Wall Township Police Department and the Tinton Falls Police Department, all who assisted with the investigation.

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent  until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).

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BRICK TOWNSHIP STABBING DEFENDANT SENTENCED

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us.

On Friday (July 14, 2017), Christopher Dalzell, 61, of Brick Township was sentenced by Judge Patricia B. Roe, J.S.C., to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison on the charge of first degree Attempted Murder (No Early Release Applies).  OCPO Assistant Prosecutor Robert J. Cassidy prosecuted the case.

The sentencing stems from the March 29, 2015 stabbing investigation.  On that Sunday at approximately 9:53 pm, a 911 call was received by the Brick Township Police Department in reference to a stabbing at a Cedar Bridge Avenue Address.  Upon their arrival, they found a female, 50 years of age, within the residence who had been stabbed multiple times in her chest and abdomen.  The victim advised the officers that the individual who stabbed her was known to her and was still in bedroom of the residence.  Responding officers immediately called for EMS and secured the scene.  The victim was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in critical condition to be treated for over six stab wounds to her torso.

A search of the residence located the suspect covered in blood in the bedroom.  He was identified as Christopher Dalzell, then 58, of Brick Township.  The subsequent investigation resulted in Dalzell’s arrest.  He was charged with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon.  The Honorable Judge Francis Hodgson set bail at the time at $250,000 no 10% and no contact with the victim.

Brick Township Police Detective Tim McCarthy and OCPO Major Crimes Detective John Murphy were the lead investigators in this case.  The scene was processed by Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI Detective John Anderson.

 

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INVEST INTO SOUTH TOMS RIVER TRUCK FIRE LEADS TO ARSON, BURGLARY AND AUTO THEFT CHARGES

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us.

Yesterday (7/12), Jesse James Sauer, 25, of Beachwood was arrested and charged by the South Toms River Police Department with Aggravated Arson, Hindering and Destruction of Evidence for the July 10, 2017 truck fire in a wooded area of South Toms River.  Additionally, Sauer was charged by the Toms River Police Department with Theft of a Motor Vehicle and multiple counts of Burglary/Theft to residences and vehicles.

The arson charge stems from the 7/10 early morning fire that destroyed a truck in the woods off Oak Street and Briar Way.  The Beachwood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of smoke at about 5:45 am that day and extinguished the blaze that destroyed the 2003 Ford F350 truck.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI, Ocean County Fire Marshall, South Toms River, Toms River and Beachwood Police Departments investigated the fire labeled suspicious.  The partnering agencies concluded that the fire originated in the area of the driver’s seat in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  The cause of the fire was incendiary by a person(s) using an open flame to available combustibles.

The investigation would ultimately lead to Sauers and develop information implicating him in the alleged Toms River Theft of a motor vehicle and multiple home and vehicle burglaries.  Sauer is being held in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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ARRESTS IN ILLEGAL DRUGS AND WEAPONS DEALING IN SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY

  Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced today the culmination of a three month cooperative multi-jurisdictional investigation, continuing Ocean County Law Enforcement’s relentless pursuit of illegal narcotics being imported into the county.

In this latest operation, detectives from the Prosecutor’s Special Operations Group, Southern Enforcement Unit joined forces with the Barnegat Township Police Department and the Stafford Township Police Department Drug Enforcement Units to conduct an investigation into the distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and firearms in the southern Ocean County area.

The investigation by the partnering agencies identified the following three Ocean County individuals and their residences allegedly being utilized to store and distribute quantities of CDS and firearms:

  • Jason Groome, 43, of 3 Capstan Street, Barnegat, NJ

  • Anthony Brandt, 53, of 8 Longboat Avenue, Barnegat NJ

  • Daniel Wunder, 61, of 660 North Green Street, Little Egg Harbor, NJ.

Detectives also identified a 2008 Chrysler 200 and a 2010 Dodge Ram pick-up truck as being utilized by Jason Groome to store and distribute quantities of CDS and firearms.  The investigative findings would ultimately lead to detectives obtaining no knock search warrants for all three of the aforementioned residences and vehicles.

On Monday July 10, 2017 at approximately 4:40 pm, Prosecutor’s Detectives along with members of the Barnegat Township Police and the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team executed a motor vehicle stop on the 2010 Dodge Ram which was being operated by Jason Groome.  The motor vehicle stop took place within the Gunning River Mall located on West Bay Avenue in Barnegat and resulted in the arrest of Groome on various drug and weapon charges.  The seizure of approximately 2 ounces of Cocaine and a defaced 9mm handgun were from Groome as a part of the stop and overall investigation.

Simultaneously with the arrest of Groome, members of the Prosecutor’s Special Operations Group, the Barnegat Police Drug Enforcement Unit, the Stafford Police Drug Enforcement Unit along with members of the Little Egg Harbor Police Narcotics Unit, the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department K-9 Unit and the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team executed the no-knock search warrants on the three listed residences.  The investigation and execution of the listed search warrants resulted in police seizing Cocaine less than ½ ounce, Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a Mossberg 12 Gauge pump style shotgun from the Longboat Avenue residence and approximately four hundred (400) Oxycodone pills and a .22 caliber rifle seized from the N. Green Street residence.

Ocean County Prosecutor’s Captain Jack Sramaty, who serves as the Chairman of the New Jersey County Commanders Association and is the Commander of the Prosecutor’s Special Operations Group commended the efforts of all the law enforcement agencies that participated in this investigation stating, “This investigation is a prime example of what can be achieved by law enforcement when local and county police agencies join forces to combat the distribution of narcotics and firearms in Ocean County.”

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that these defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  Below find defendant photos, arrest and criminal charges information:

Jason Groome (Photo courtesy the Ocean County Jail) – charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine over one half ounce with the Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Cocaine over One Half Ounce, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm (9mm Handgun), and Possession of a Firearm (9mm Handgun) during a CDS Offense. Mr. Groome was subsequently housed in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Anthony Brandt (Photo courtesy NJMVC) – charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Suboxone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Brandt was released on a summons pending a future court date.

Daniel Wunder (Photo courtesy NJMVC) – charged with Possession of CDS (Oxycodone), Possession of CDS (Oxycodone) with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of MDMA (Ecstasy).  Mr. Wunder was released on a summons pending a future court date.

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us.

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OCPO HIGH TECH CRIME UNIT AGAIN INTERCEPTS CHILD PORN INTERNET ACTIVITY

This morning (7/6), the Ocean County Prosecutor’s High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Toms River Police Department arrested Mark Camlin, 60, on Citta Street in Toms River.  Camlin was charged with one (1) count of 2nd Degree Distribution of Child Pornography and one (1) count of 3rd Degree Possession of Child Pornography by OCPO detectives.  Toms River Police charged Camlin with one (1) count of 3rd degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and one (1) count of 4th Degree Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation was initiated by members of the OCPO High Tech Crime Unit, who over several months allegedly received images of child pornography from the defendant’s residence on Citta Street.  Today the partnering agencies executed a search warrant at the residence.  As a result of the search warrant, a forensic preview of the computers in the residence found several hundred images and videos of prepubescent children engaged in illicit sexual acts.  Detectives also found a marijuana grow of several plants, and paraphernalia within the residence.

Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman and Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Armstrong approved charges.  Camlin presently remains at Toms River PD completing processing before being turned over to the Ocean County Jail.

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Mark Camlin

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTINUE LAKEWOOD MEDICAID/GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FRAUD CHARGES

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and State Comptroller Philip James Degnan announced today additional individuals charged within Lakewood, New Jersey by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for defrauding Medicaid and government assistance programs.  The investigations initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Red Bank Office and the  New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller – Medicaid Fraud Division, were expanded to include the US Social Security Administration, New Jersey Department of the Treasury – Office of Criminal Investigation, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office – Economic Crimes Unit.

 OCPO detectives/prosecutors, along with its collaborating agencies served complaint summons for 3rd Degree Theft by Deception on the following individuals:

  • Eliezer, 33, and Elkie, 31, Sorotzkin of Isabella Drive for allegedly wrongfully collected approximately $74,960 in Medicaid benefits between January 2011 and December 2013.
  • Samuel, 45, and Esther, 44, Serhofer of Whispering Pines Lane for allegedly wrongfully collecting approximately $72,685 in Medicaid benefits between January 2009 and December 2013.
  • Yisroel, 37, and Rachel, 34, Merkin of Hermosa Drive for allegedly wrongfully collecting approximately $70,557.51 in Medicaid, SNAP, and HEAP benefits between January 2011 and December 2014.
  • Jerome Menchel, 33, and Mottel Friedman, 30, of Pressburg Lane for allegedly wrongfully collecting $63,839 in Medicaid and SNAP benefits between January 2011 and July 2014.
  • Tzvi, 35, and Estee, 34, Braun of Ridge Avenue for allegedly wrongfully collecting $62,746.74 in Medicaid, HEAP, and CICRF benefits between January 2009 and December 2013.
  • Moshe, 30, and Nechama, 27, Hirschmann of Emmanuel Drive for allegedly wrongfully collecting $53,418.39 in Medicaid and SNAP benefits between January 2011 and December 2015.

The nature of the criminal events investigated and basic charges allege that the defendants misrepresented their income, declaring amounts that were low enough to receive the program’s benefits, when in fact their income was too high to qualify.  The investigations revealed that the defendants received income from numerous sources that they failed to disclose on required program applications.  As a result, they received benefits that they were not entitled to under these programs for themselves or family members.  The Ocean County Prosecutors Office is prosecuting the above arrested individuals at the state level.

The investigation by all the participating agencies is continuing.  OCPO and our prosecuting partners may add additional relevant charges (ie. Tax charges) as each case proceeds through the legal process.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sergeant Mark Malinowski of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 929-2027.  The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are only allegations and that each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Follow the Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor online at Twitter and Facebook.  The social media links provided are for reference only.  The OCPO does not endorse any non-governmental websites, companies or applications.  For additional information visit our website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.  Please send all press inquiries to Al Della Fave 732-288-7616 (OFFICE) 732-814-7347 (CELL) and adellafave@co.ocean.nj.us.

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