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Bellmawr Man Charged With Possession With Intent to Distribute Powder Crack Cocaine

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man made his initial court appearance on November 17, 2020 on charges of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Joseph C. Long, 30, of Bellmawr, New Jersey, was charged by complaint with two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The defendant was previously arrested by state authorities. He appeared by videoconference today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider and was detained without bail.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Jan. 15, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Long’s apartment. Long was seen jumping out of the second-floor bedroom window and was later apprehended. Inside the apartment, officers found powder cocaine, crack cocaine, packaging and distribution related items, and over $3,400 in cash.

Each drug charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. 

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer; the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson; and the Bellmawr Police Department, under the direction of Chief William P. Walsh; with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen M. Harberg in Camden.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

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Williamstown Man Admits Sexual Exploitation of Children & Distribution of Child Pornography

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Gloucester County, New Jersey, man pleaded guilty on November 2, 2020 to producing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Andrew Nicholas, 24, of Williamstown, New Jersey, entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging him with one count of sexually exploiting children and one count of distributing child pornography.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Feb. 26, 2019, an undercover officer entered a public Kik Messenger group and began communicating with Nicholas, who sent the officer images of child sexual abuse involving a prepubescent minor. Nicholas admitted to producing those images of child sexual abuse and sending them to the officer through Kik Messenger.

The count of sexually exploiting children carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 50 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The distribution of child pornography count carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum possible penalty of 40 years in prison and fine of $250,000 per count. Sentencing is scheduled for March 9, 2021.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, Philadelphia Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Driscoll, and the Washington, D.C., FBI Field Office, under the direction of Assistant Director in Charge Steven D’Antuono, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

This case was initiated by the FBI, Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and worked in partnership with the FBI, Philadelphia Field Office, and local assisting agencies. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha Nye of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Fourteen People Charged With Scheming to Defraud Banks & Individuals With Counterfeit CARES Act Stimulus Checks

Fourteen people have been charged with scheming to defraud banks and individuals with counterfeit economic stimulus checks purportedly issued by the Treasury Department pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on October 23, 2020.

Charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit bank fraud are:

DefendantAgeResidence
Justin Ezeiruaku23Berlin, New Jersey
Torri Pedro24Sicklerville, New Jersey
*Akume Ehoggi25Glassboro, New Jersey
Kassan Knight23Newark
Nakirah Matthews21Paulsboro, New Jersey
*Qwan Taylor22Pennsauken, New Jersey
*Kwaeson Watts24Lindenwold, New Jersey
*Nasir Johnson23Newark
*Daeson Monroe25Philadelphia
Daron Curry24Westville, New Jersey
Talib Crump26Philadelphia
*Noah Brent-Magri21Somerset, New Jersey
Isaiah White23Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ali Shoultz23Clementon, New Jersey
*denotes at-large

Knight, Pedro, Shoultz, Matthews and Curry made their initial appearances Oct. 22, 2020, by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio.

Ezeiruako will make his appearance on Oct. 26, 2020.

Crump is in custody in Philadelphia.

White was arrested in Virginia and will have an initial appearance at a date to be determined.

According to documents filed in this case:

U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) postal inspectors and special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), uncovered a nationwide scheme involving counterfeit economic stimulus checks deposited into bank accounts with the intent to defraud the banks.

A network of individuals posted advertisements on Instagram and Snapchat offering people the ability to make “quick cash” if they banked at certain institutions.

Some members of the conspiracy acquired individuals’ banking information using a ruse, while others printed the counterfeit stimulus checks that they deposited into the accounts.

Members of the conspiracy used ATM machines, and peer-to-peer bank transfers, as well as debit cards, to make large purchases and large cash withdrawals.

Individuals allegedly financed purchases of luxury cars and also allegedly paid for their apartments with the stolen funds.

In many cases, the individuals whose accounts were compromised suffered financial losses and credit problems, while others were complicit in the fraud.

The count of bank fraud conspiracy is punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited inspectors with the USPIS Philadelphia Division, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Damon Woods, and Eastern Area, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Kenneth Cleevely; special agents of HSI, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark; special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez in Newark; the U.S. Marshals Service, District of New Jersey, under the direction of U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos; the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, under the direction of Attorney General Josh Shapiro; the Glassboro Police Department, under the direction of Chief John Polillo; the Winslow Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief George M. Smith; the Gloucester Township Police Department, Special Investigations Unit, under the direction of Chief David J. Harkins; the Pennsauken Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jon Nettleton; the Paulsboro Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gary Kille; the Lindenwold Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael McCarthy; the West Whiteland Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Lee Benson; the Pennsylvania State Police, under the direction of Capt. James Kemm; the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, under the direction of Lt. Kevin Conrad; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alisa Shver of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Postal Service Employee Admits to Stealing Gift Cards and Cash from Mail

CAMDEN, N.J. – On October 21, 2020, a Gloucester County, New Jersey, man admitted to stealing gift cards and cash from mail that passed through post offices where he was employed, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Daniel Talorico, 40, of Sewell, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference today before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of theft of mail by a postal employee.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Talorico was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a laborer custodian in post offices in Burlington County and Camden County, New Jersey. Between May 2019 and October 2019, Talorico stole gift cards and cash from greeting cards and other mail that passed through the post offices where he worked.

The theft of mail by a postal employee charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2021.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Eastern Area Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Cleevely, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.