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Four People Accused of Defrauding Amtrak Health Care Plan

Three men and one woman are facing the possibility of lengthy prison terms and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after being arrested for allegedly perpetrating a scheme to defraud Amtrak’s health care plan. Federal authorities say the plan eventually paid out approximately $9 million as a result of false claims to obtain reimbursement… Read More »

Students Face Terroristic Threat Charges for Comments on Bus and Social Media

Two incidents in Ocean County near the end of the 2022 school year illustrate New Jersey law enforcement’s inclination toward investigating and prosecuting alleged terroristic threats among school students, even if the accused is a minor. In May, a student at Southern Regional Middle School, in Stafford Township, was charged with making terroristic threats using… Read More »

Prescription Fraud Conviction Shows Broad Sweep of Anti-Kickback Statute and Travel Act

The April 2022 conviction of a Gloucester County man for two health insurance fraud scams illustrates how federal prosecutors are using complementary anti-bribery laws to charge people with a litany of offenses against the health care system. Steven Monaco, 40, was a medical sales representative who was charged with two related scams that defrauded public… Read More »

Feds Using Wire Fraud Charges to Prosecute Theft of Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

The May 2022 arrest of a Camden County man on federal wire fraud charges related to pandemic unemployment assistance illustrates how authorities are cracking down on crimes connected to the government’s COVID-19 relief programs. As federal agencies ramp up their investigations and devote more resources to prosecuting this type of fraud, it is crucial that… Read More »

Mass Overdose Incidents Prompt DEA Initiative Against Fentanyl Traffickers and Suppliers

Fentanyl, an enormously powerful and addictive synthetic opioid, is causing a spike in fatal overdoses across the country. In 2021, fentanyl caused more deaths nationally than guns and auto accidents combined. More recently, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration reports that 29 people died in 58 mass overdose events in seven U.S. cities during a six-week… Read More »

Knowing the Limits of New Jersey’s Legalization of Cannabis

Recreational marijuana use became legal in New Jersey in February 2021 and sale of cannabis products has been authorized at 13 dispensaries around the state starting in April 2022. However, there are still limits on what activities are allowed with respect to possession and use of cannabis. The basic rules governing legal marijuana use are… Read More »

New Jersey’s Expanded Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse

In New Jersey, anyone convicted of child sexual abuse or assault faces the possibility of years behind bars along with the stigma of being a registered sex offender for life. Beside these harsh penalties, there may be additional consequences — namely, the threat of civil liability in the form of lawsuits by victims seeking damages…. Read More »

Authorities in New Jersey Step Up Efforts to Prosecute Fentanyl Distributors

A recent spate of arrests and prosecutions related to distribution of fentanyl illustrates how New Jersey and federal authorities are attempting to gain control over an intensifying opioid crisis. As law enforcement ramps up its investigations and prosecutors seek harsh sentences to try to send a message, it is more important than ever for anyone… Read More »

New Jersey Authorities Cracking Down on Opioid Traffickers

As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the nation, New Jersey authorities are carrying on a multi-track strategy to address the problem. The state attorney general and other law enforcement agencies are pursuing doctors, pharmacists and other professionals who help drive the crisis by issuing improper prescriptions or by otherwise engaging in the illegal… Read More »

Law Enforcement Anticipates a Post-Pandemic Crime Surge

Police in New Jersey and across the nation are bracing for what they believe could be a serious uptick in crime in the second half of 2021, as lockdowns and social distancing measures fade away and people reemerge into society carrying the burden of pandemic-induced stress. Increased gun violence is particularly concerning for law enforcement…. Read More »