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LITTLE SILVER: COP’S CONVICTION UPHELD

By JOHN T. WARD

steven solariA former Little Silver police officer now serving time for an attack on a handcuffed man in the borough police station did not get an unfair sentence, a New Jersey appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

Steven Solari , 42, right, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014  and ordered to forfeit his $91,000-a-year job and any future prospect for public employment after his conviction on four counts of official misconduct, simple assault and witness tampering.

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RED BANK: WOMAN’S KILLER GETS 27 YEARS

viridiana-beltran-gomezThe estranged husband of a Red Bank woman found murdered alongside the Garden State Parkway in 2011 was sentenced to 27 years in prison Thursday, NJ.com reports.

Superior Court Judge Richard English told Oscar Prior-Ramirez, 34, of Eatontown, that he must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole. The judge noted that Prior-Ramirez also has a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer, and so may be deported to Mexico upon his release, according to the report.

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LITTLE SILVER: COP GETS FIVE YEARS

lspd-1Solari was found guilty of assaulting an arrestee in the borough police station. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_01Suspended Little Silver police officer Steven Solari was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in a case in which he was alleged to have attacked a handcuffed man in the borough police station.

Solari, 40, also was ordered to forfeit his $91,000-a-year job and any future prospect for public employment under the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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SEA BRIGHT MAN GUILTY OF SANDY FRAUD

By JOHN T. WARD

A Sea Bright man pleaded guilty to ripping off the Federal Emergency Management Administration via hotel charges he didn’t deserve, authorities announced Tuesday.

Bill Nagle, 52, of Center Street, admitted to a Superior Court judge in Freehold that he defrauded FEMA of more than $12,000 under a Transitional Shelter Assistance program, according to a press release by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

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RED BANK: GUILTY PLEA IN WOMAN’S MURDER

viridiana-beltran-gomezThe estranged husband of a Red Bank woman found murdered alongside the Garden State Parkway in 2011 has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Oscar Prior-Ramirez, 33, of Eatontown, admitted in court that he strangled his ex-wife, Viridiana Beltran-Gomez, 26, of Bank Street, during an argument on May 12, 2011, according to a press release from the office of Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

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LITTLE SILVER MAN GUILTY IN BID SCHEME

authorities3A Little Silver man who co-owned a paving and heavy construction company in Middlesex County pleaded guilty to plotting to bribe an official at Port Elizabeth, Gannett reported Thursday.

George Chrysanthopoulos, 50, was on trial in federal court in Trenton when he agreed to plead guilty to one of seven counts of an indictment, according to the report.

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LITTLE SILVER: COP GUILTY ON SIX COUNTS

HOT-TOPIC_02Suspended Little Silver police officer Steven Solari was guilty of six counts, but not guilty of aggravated assault on a arrestee at the borough police station almost four years ago, NJ.com reported Thursday afternoon.

From the report:

A jury found Little Silver police officer Steven Solari, accused of punching a handcuffed man in 2009, guilty on four counts of official misconduct, one count of simple assault and one count of hindering his own apprehension on Thursday.

The jury found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of tampering with a witness and one count of obstructing the administration of the law.

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FAIR HAVEN: ROBBER GETS NINE YEARS

A 69-year-old Staten Island man who admitted robbing a Fair Haven antiques store at gunpoint last summer has been sentenced to 114 months in prison, federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Robert Fiolka, who wore a “flesh-colored” mask and toted a gun in the June, 2012 robbery of Blue Stove Antiques on River Road, made off with $200,000 in jewelry, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

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RUMSON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KICKBACKS

A Rumson man controlled a slush fund of $800,000 used to bribe physicians in a scheme that netted more than $100 million in illegal income, federal authorities said Monday.

Cliff Antell, 38, no street address given, was one of seven people associated with Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services who pleaded guilty to a kickback and money laundering scheme in federal District Court in Newark, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman said in a press release.

The scheme, in which doctors were bribed to steer blood-test clients to BLS, victimized Medicare as well as private healthcare insurers, Fishman said.

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FAKE NEPHEW ADMITS RED BANK SENIOR SCAM

A Matawan man admitted he posed as the nephew of a terminally ill Red Bank woman to steal nearly $1 million and her home from her, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced Friday.

James J. Demitro, 43,  also known as “Anthony Tatalia” admitted his crimes Thursday before Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, acknowledging that he pretended to be the nephew of an 87-year-old woman with dementia and terminal cancer when he stole just under

$1 million and the family home she lived in since 1925 – a home built by her father and grandfather, Gramiccioni said in a press release.

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BON JOVI BURGLAR PLEADS GUILTY

Bon Jovi’s mansion on the Middletown side of the Navesink was one of the homes entered in the 2011 burglary spree, authorities said.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An Ocean County man faces up to five years in state prison following his guilty plea to breaking into a number of Middletown homes, including the riverfront mansion belonging to pop star Jon Bon Jovi, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Wednesday.

Nick Tracy, 22, right, pleaded guilty to swiping more than $300,000 worth of jewelry and other valuables in a series of break-ins over the course of one month in the spring of 2011, according to an announcement by the prosecutor’s office.

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