U-S Attorney Christopher Christie – A Man On A Mission
Fighting Crime – 29 Most Wanted Arrested
In two months since a new task force started pursuing fugitives in Camden, New Jersey, authorities say 29 of the city's 50 most wanted people have been arrested. Twenty-four fugitives who were not on the top-50 list have also been arrested by the task force.
The task force began work in January as one of several new approaches to reducing crime in the city that one study last year called the most dangerous in America. The 16-member fugitive task force includes federal marshals and state and local police. They have made arrests in Camden, Puerto Rico, New York City, Philadelphia, Trenton and Penns Grove, New Jersey.
Fighting Government Corruption:- 3 More Arrested In Monmouth County Corruption
The FBI arrested a former Far Hills councilman and two Monmouth County contractors this morning on money laundering charges stemming from the "Operation Bid Rig'' undercover investigation in Monmouth County that netted 11 government officials two weeks ago.
Charged were: former Far Hills Councilman and police commissioner Thomas A. Greenwald, 52; Stephen Appolonia, 52, an officer with International Trucks of Central Jersey; and James B. Ingram, 54, of JBI Limousine of Avon.
Greenwald and Appolonia are charged with laundering $350,000. Ingram was charged with laundering $100,000. In some cases, the defendants, the cooperating contractor and undercover officers were recorded interacting with other unnamed Monmouth County public officials, according to the criminal complaints.
U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said in a statement: "This is another step in the Monmouth County corruption investigation and we expect more progress.''
Immigration Fraud - Seven Charged In Cash For Green Card Scam
Seven people, including the owners of two immigration services companies, were charged Wednesday with "massive" immigration fraud, the U.S. attorney said. Among those arrested was Bemba Balsirov, 48, of Howell, N.J.
The indictment claims the two business owners conspired with the others to submit hundreds of false documents to the U.S. Department of Labor and other government agencies. The documents were submitted for certification to allow aliens to work in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, even though the jobs cited in the documents did not exist.
The indictment also names as an unindicted coconspirator who pleaded guilty to related charges in July 2004 and admitted he received $211,000 to sign false documents. The owners of the immigration services companies were also charged with money laundering and tax-related charges for allegedly keeping cash they received from illegal aliens in a safe rather than a bank account. The indictment claims aliens were charged tens of thousands of dollars to in exchange for U.S. visas.