AHHerald on Hiatus

hiatusThe Atlantic Highlands Herald will soon celebrate its 18th anniversary.   In honor of the big day, the publisher and his wife are going to celebrate with a little vacation.

The Herald will be on hiatus until July 13th. 

 

36 Cats Taken from Colts Neck Property

mcspca cats colts neck 1COLTS NECK NJ – The Monmouth County SPCA arrived at a Colts Neck property after a cruelty complaint was received on their New Jersey Animal Cruelty Hotline. The resident of the Mangnolia Lane home, along with surrounding neighbors, had been feeding the indoor/outdoor cats and kittens over the past several years. Monday night into Tuesday morning, MCSPCA law enforcement arrived on scene and removed 7 cats and kittens from the home, another 17 with help from the homeowner and the remaining 12 on the property using traps. Lieutenant Tom Nuccio was on the scene and reported that “the home was in good condition, however the cats and kittens have severe upper respiratory infections, several cases of conjunctivitis and possible pregnancies due to the animals not being spayed and neutered.”

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36 Cats Taken from Colts Neck Property

mcspca cats colts neck 1COLTS NECK NJ – The Monmouth County SPCA arrived at a Colts Neck property after a cruelty complaint was received on their New Jersey Animal Cruelty Hotline. The resident of the Mangnolia Lane home, along with surrounding neighbors, had been feeding the indoor/outdoor cats and kittens over the past several years. Monday night into Tuesday morning, MCSPCA law enforcement arrived on scene and removed 7 cats and kittens from the home, another 17 with help from the homeowner and the remaining 12 on the property using traps. Lieutenant Tom Nuccio was on the scene and reported that “the home was in good condition, however the cats and kittens have severe upper respiratory infections, several cases of conjunctivitis and possible pregnancies due to the animals not being spayed and neutered.”

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July 2016 Programs at Red Bank Library

rb library march exterior 340 255NEW SUMMER SATURDAY MEDITATION CLASSES!

RED BANK, NJ – Learn the “who, what, and how” of meditation. No experience necessary! Starting on July 9, classes will be offered on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10:15-10:45 a.m. Please join us for a half hour of meditation in the downstairs meeting room or outside on the lawn, weather permitting. Take a break from the week and join instructor DonnaLyn Giegerich for this meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike. For free articles that support a meditation inspired life, go to www.donnalyn.org. For more program information, call 732-842-0690 or visit our webpage. Join us to demystify meditation basics!

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July 2016 Programs at Red Bank Library

rb library march exterior 340 255NEW SUMMER SATURDAY MEDITATION CLASSES!

RED BANK, NJ – Learn the “who, what, and how” of meditation. No experience necessary! Starting on July 9, classes will be offered on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10:15-10:45 a.m. Please join us for a half hour of meditation in the downstairs meeting room or outside on the lawn, weather permitting. Take a break from the week and join instructor DonnaLyn Giegerich for this meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike. For free articles that support a meditation inspired life, go to www.donnalyn.org. For more program information, call 732-842-0690 or visit our webpage. Join us to demystify meditation basics!

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Three Years In Prison For Phony Ticket Resale, Real Estate Investment Schemes

NEWARK, N.J. – A disbarred New York attorney was sentenced today to 43 months in prison for his involvement in a ticket resale fraud scheme and a real estate investment fraud conspiracy that bilked multiple victims out of more than $3 million, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Pasquale Stiso, a/k/a “Pat Stiso,” 55, of New Rochelle, New York, was previously convicted of all 10 counts of a superseding indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, six substantive counts of wire fraud, and three counts of money laundering. He was convicted following a seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini, who imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and evidence at trial:

Since 2011, co-defendant Paul Mancuso, 49, of Glen Rock, New Jersey, held himself out as an investor, broker, and developer of various purported investments. Mancuso obtained from his victims substantial investments for various projects that, in fact, either did not exist at all or in which Mancuso had no actual involvement. Stiso held himself out as an individual who was working with Mancuso on various purported projects. Many of the victims of Stiso and Mancuso’s schemes lost all or substantially all of the money they invested with Mancuso and Stiso. Many even lost all or most of their life savings.

Stiso and Mancuso falsely represented to some victims that they would purchase event tickets, such as tickets to New York Giants football games, New York Yankees playoff games, the Super Bowl, and other sporting events and concerts, at a lower or wholesale rate, and then resell them to members of the public at an inflated rate, creating profits for their investors. In reality, Stiso and Mancuso did not buy tickets with their victims’ money.

In one of the real estate schemes, Stiso and Mancuso falsely represented to victims that they were investors in a real estate development project in Valley Cottage, New York, and that investor money would be used to purchase an interest in real property. The real property interest would then be resold at an increased price, creating profits for their investors.

In reality, Stiso and Mancuso did not invest in any such real estate project with their victims’ money. Instead, they engaged in monetary transactions designed to funnel, and in many instances launder, the victims’ investments for their own benefit, including paying illegal gambling debts and money owed to loan sharks. Stiso and Mancuso were heavily involved in illegal gambling pursuits and both owed substantial sums of money to loan sharks and one of their bookmakers.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Stiso to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $460,000.

Mancuso previously pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with Stiso to commit wire fraud and awaits sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, and criminal investigators of the U.S. Attorney’s Office with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Francisco J. Navarro and Anthony J. Mahajan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel:    Henry E. Klingeman Esq., Newark

                              Ernesto Cerimele Esq., Newark

 

Three Years In Prison For Phony Ticket Resale, Real Estate Investment Schemes

NEWARK, N.J. – A disbarred New York attorney was sentenced today to 43 months in prison for his involvement in a ticket resale fraud scheme and a real estate investment fraud conspiracy that bilked multiple victims out of more than $3 million, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Pasquale Stiso, a/k/a “Pat Stiso,” 55, of New Rochelle, New York, was previously convicted of all 10 counts of a superseding indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, six substantive counts of wire fraud, and three counts of money laundering. He was convicted following a seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini, who imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and evidence at trial:

Since 2011, co-defendant Paul Mancuso, 49, of Glen Rock, New Jersey, held himself out as an investor, broker, and developer of various purported investments. Mancuso obtained from his victims substantial investments for various projects that, in fact, either did not exist at all or in which Mancuso had no actual involvement. Stiso held himself out as an individual who was working with Mancuso on various purported projects. Many of the victims of Stiso and Mancuso’s schemes lost all or substantially all of the money they invested with Mancuso and Stiso. Many even lost all or most of their life savings.

Stiso and Mancuso falsely represented to some victims that they would purchase event tickets, such as tickets to New York Giants football games, New York Yankees playoff games, the Super Bowl, and other sporting events and concerts, at a lower or wholesale rate, and then resell them to members of the public at an inflated rate, creating profits for their investors. In reality, Stiso and Mancuso did not buy tickets with their victims’ money.

In one of the real estate schemes, Stiso and Mancuso falsely represented to victims that they were investors in a real estate development project in Valley Cottage, New York, and that investor money would be used to purchase an interest in real property. The real property interest would then be resold at an increased price, creating profits for their investors.

In reality, Stiso and Mancuso did not invest in any such real estate project with their victims’ money. Instead, they engaged in monetary transactions designed to funnel, and in many instances launder, the victims’ investments for their own benefit, including paying illegal gambling debts and money owed to loan sharks. Stiso and Mancuso were heavily involved in illegal gambling pursuits and both owed substantial sums of money to loan sharks and one of their bookmakers.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Stiso to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $460,000.

Mancuso previously pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with Stiso to commit wire fraud and awaits sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, and criminal investigators of the U.S. Attorney’s Office with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Francisco J. Navarro and Anthony J. Mahajan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel:    Henry E. Klingeman Esq., Newark

                              Ernesto Cerimele Esq., Newark

 

New Jersey Clinical Lab At Center Of Largest Physician Bribery Case Ever Prosecuted Pleads Guilty

Company Ordered to Forfeit All of its Assets

NEWARK, N.J. – Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), the Parsippany, New Jersey clinical lab at the center of a long-running and elaborate test referral scheme operated by its president and numerous associates, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today in federal court, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

BLS pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to an information charging it with one count of conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Travel Act and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Following the plea, BLS was sentenced by Judge Chesler. The company, which is no longer operational, must forfeit all of its assets.

The investigation has resulted in 40 guilty pleas – 26 of them from doctors – in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies. It is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case. The investigation has to date recovered more than $12 million through forfeiture.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher; inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Cynthia Shoffner; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; and IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, with the ongoing investigation.  

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph N. Minish, Danielle Alfonzo Walsman, and Jacob T. Elberg, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark, as well as Barbara Ward, Acting Chief of the office’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit.

U.S. Attorney Fishman reorganized the health care fraud practice at the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office shortly after taking office, including creating a stand-alone Health Care and Government Fraud Unit to handle both criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions of health care fraud offenses. Since 2010, the office has recovered more than $1.29 billion in health care fraud and government fraud settlements, judgments, fines, restitution and forfeiture under the False Claims Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other statutes.

Defense counsel: Steven Backfisch Esq., Westfield, New Jersey

 

New Jersey Clinical Lab At Center Of Largest Physician Bribery Case Ever Prosecuted Pleads Guilty

Company Ordered to Forfeit All of its Assets

NEWARK, N.J. – Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), the Parsippany, New Jersey clinical lab at the center of a long-running and elaborate test referral scheme operated by its president and numerous associates, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today in federal court, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

BLS pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to an information charging it with one count of conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Travel Act and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Following the plea, BLS was sentenced by Judge Chesler. The company, which is no longer operational, must forfeit all of its assets.

The investigation has resulted in 40 guilty pleas – 26 of them from doctors – in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies. It is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case. The investigation has to date recovered more than $12 million through forfeiture.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher; inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Cynthia Shoffner; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; and IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, with the ongoing investigation.  

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph N. Minish, Danielle Alfonzo Walsman, and Jacob T. Elberg, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark, as well as Barbara Ward, Acting Chief of the office’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit.

U.S. Attorney Fishman reorganized the health care fraud practice at the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office shortly after taking office, including creating a stand-alone Health Care and Government Fraud Unit to handle both criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions of health care fraud offenses. Since 2010, the office has recovered more than $1.29 billion in health care fraud and government fraud settlements, judgments, fines, restitution and forfeiture under the False Claims Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other statutes.

Defense counsel: Steven Backfisch Esq., Westfield, New Jersey