Somerset County woman scammed over $1 million in federal PPP loans

Nivah Garcis, 51, of North Plainfield, New Jersey, today pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to fraudulently obtaining over $1 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Garcis was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three countsContinue reading “Somerset County woman scammed over $1 million in federal PPP loans”

New Jersey deli valued at $100 million had less than $40,000 in revenue

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Peter L. Coker Sr., Peter L. Coker Jr., and James T. Patten for their roles in orchestrating fraudulent manipulative securities trading schemes and an indictment unsealed today accused the three men with orchestrating a large-scale market manipulation scheme related to two publicly traded companies. These schemes included artificially inflatingContinue reading “New Jersey deli valued at $100 million had less than $40,000 in revenue”

Former governor, congressman Jim Florio dies at 85

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor Jim Florio, the governor whose four-year tenure left New Jersey with an assault-weapons ban and higher taxes, spurring a trifecta of Republican control that persisted for years, died Sunday at 85. Florio, a Democrat who spent 15 years as a congressman before leaving the post to seek the governorshipContinue reading “Former governor, congressman Jim Florio dies at 85”

New Brunswick environmentalists temper Governor Phil Murphy’s boasts

Governor Phil Murphy boasted about improvements at the New Brunswick Train Station as part of his 2023 budget agreement, while environmentalists rallied outside . During his speech, Murphy equated the administration of former state Senator and Mayor John Lynch, Jr. with that of Mayor James M. Cahill, who has ruled the City of New BrunswickContinue reading “New Brunswick environmentalists temper Governor Phil Murphy’s boasts”

Study finds ‘substantial’ costs on workers with severe COVID-19 illnesses

At least 500,000 Americans are not working today because of the lingering consequences of their COVID-19 illnesses and absent workers reduced their earnings by about $9,000, or 18 percent, over the fourteen months following a health-related absence. There are still many unanswered questions about the health and economic consequences of COVID-19. How many people haveContinue reading “Study finds ‘substantial’ costs on workers with severe COVID-19 illnesses”

Sept. 26, 2022 impact on Dimorphos is first planetary defense mission test

Team members on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) — the world’s first planetary defense test mission — confirmed the spacecraft’s own “mini-photographer” LICIACube (short for Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging Asteroids) successfully popped out of its spring-loaded box on Sept. 11. Sending the signal to release LICIACube at 7:14 p.m. Sunday evening — exactlyContinue reading “Sept. 26, 2022 impact on Dimorphos is first planetary defense mission test”

Congress should appropriate $500 million for low-income energy program

President Joe Biden proposed including a $500 million emergency supplemental appropriation for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the coming stopgap funding bill for 2023, to help households cope with high prices for home heating fuels as winter approaches. With prices high and more than 20 million U.S. families behind on their utilityContinue reading “Congress should appropriate $500 million for low-income energy program”

Pennsylvania man indicted for assaulting an abortion clinic escort

A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania returned an indictment on Friday, September 23, 2022, charging a Bucks County man for assaulting a 72-year-old volunteer escort for a Planned Parenthood women’s health clinic in Philadelphia. According to court documents, Mark Houck, 48, of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, is alleged to have twice assaulted a man because he wasContinue reading “Pennsylvania man indicted for assaulting an abortion clinic escort”

Camden carjacker confesses to conspiring to commit 8 robberies

A Camden man admitted his role in conspiracies that involved committing armed carjackings and robbing multiple gas stations in southern New Jersey. Kamau Bradshaw, 20, of Camden, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to commit armed robberies, oneContinue reading “Camden carjacker confesses to conspiring to commit 8 robberies”

Camden drug dealer with four priors sentenced to 130 months in prison

A Camden County man with four prior felony convictions was sentenced to 130 months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and to illegally possessing a firearm, announced. Tyquan Burrell, 30, of Camden, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to two counts ofContinue reading “Camden drug dealer with four priors sentenced to 130 months in prison”

Gusciora celebrates cosmetic landmark improvements, despite violent crimes

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora celebrated the completion of the Montgomery Street Plaza rehabilitation, connecting historic city landmarks to the Mill Hill neighborhood, despite his grim record on murder and other violent crimes. As Gusciora cut the ceremonial ribbon at the rehabilitation project, about one mile away, Trenton police officers found the body of 41-year-old CorrineContinue reading “Gusciora celebrates cosmetic landmark improvements, despite violent crimes”

Prosecutors can use Mar-a-Lago documents in Trump criminal probe

A federal appeals panel has granted a request from the Justice Department to stay portions of a ruling from a judge that had effectively paused the government’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s potential theft of classified records after leaving office. Judge Aileen Cannon ‘abused’ her discretion in requiring outside review of seized classified documents,Continue reading “Prosecutors can use Mar-a-Lago documents in Trump criminal probe”

Investors and corporations bought one-third of all homes sold last year

The housing market is becoming an exclusive franchise of the uberwealthy, a tiny fraction of the population that is rapidly converting the American democratic republic into a feudal state controlled by a new aristocracy that is inviting the violence of peasant insurgency akin to the French Revolution. Subjecting Americans to those living conditions experienced in medieval timesContinue reading “Investors and corporations bought one-third of all homes sold last year”

Planetary defense is getting its first test on Monday, 7 million miles away

On Monday, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will see if humanity is able to defend against asteroids or comets that are on a high-speed trajectory towards the Earth. The 20-yard-long spacecraft will be deliberately crashed into Dimorphos, an asteroid that is about twice as high as the Empire State Building and 530-feet-wide. Dimorphos isContinue reading “Planetary defense is getting its first test on Monday, 7 million miles away”

Passaic County man sentenced to 7 years for possessing child pornography

The founder of Living Adventure Tours in Sussex County, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. Vaughn Tiedeman, 49, of West Milford, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty to charges that he collected hundreds of images depicting child pornography before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton. Judge Wigenton imposed theContinue reading “Passaic County man sentenced to 7 years for possessing child pornography”

Two Brooklyn men robbed more than a half-million bucks in 3 armed robberies

Two Brooklyn, New York men are charged with three gunpoint robberies of check cashing locations in different parts of New Jersey in 2021 and 2022 and with conspiracy to commit robberies in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Ramel Harris, 40, of Brooklyn, and Neville Brown, 38, of Brooklyn, are charged by complaint with oneContinue reading “Two Brooklyn men robbed more than a half-million bucks in 3 armed robberies”

House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop January 6 repeat

by Ariana Figueroa, New Jersey Monitor The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which theContinue reading “House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop January 6 repeat”

State stalls on distributing relief to residents struggling to pay water bills

by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor Nearly seven months after the state launched a $24 million program to help low-income residents pay their water bills, 95% of the money remains unspent, even as more than 100,000 households statewide owe more than $40 million in unpaid water bills. New Jersey was one of the last states to launchContinue reading “State stalls on distributing relief to residents struggling to pay water bills”

Gottheimer’s police brutality protection legislation stalls Democratic package

Progressive objections to legislation sponsored by corporate Democrat Rep. Josh Gottheimer forced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to delay a debate over four policing and public safety bills that were expected to come to the floor in Congress. Opposition from progressive Democrats known as the Squad over the lack of police accountability measures in Gottheimer’s legislation, oneContinue reading “Gottheimer’s police brutality protection legislation stalls Democratic package”

Trenton Police investigating a ‘suspicious death’ on Park Avenue

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department areinvestigating a suspicious death in the city, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofrireported. If this suspicious death is ruled a homicide this will be Trenton’s 16th homicide of 2022. On September 21, 2022, authorities in Trenton received a call for a well-being checkat aContinue reading “Trenton Police investigating a ‘suspicious death’ on Park Avenue”