RED BANK FIRM SMACKED FOR TRICKERY

A Rumson commodities trader and his Red Bank firm have been slapped with nearly $6 million in fines and paybacks orders by United States and British regulators for an alleged scheme to manipulate prices for oil, agricultural products and more, according to various media reports Monday.

According to a report by Bloomberg News carried on the Star-Ledger website, NJ.com, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission charged Michael Coscia and his firm, Panther Energy Trading, with market ‘spoofing,’ in which bids and offers in futures contracts for crude oil, metals and other commodities were made anD quickly withdrawn to create the illusion of market demand.

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LITTLE SILVER COPS ARREST THREE FOR DWI

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

call-in-the-authoritiesJune 1– Siegfried Pham-Jackel, 19, of Little Silver, NJ, and Katherine Kustera, 20, of Rumson, NJ, were both arrested following an investigation on Mitchell Pl. for Possession of Alcohol Underage. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

June 2– John Lynch, 63, of Monmouth Beach, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Silverside Ave. for Driving While Intoxicated. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

June 3– A Credit Card Fraud was reported at the Walgreen’s on Prospect Ave. after a subject attempted to purchase items with a stolen credit card. The subject fled the scene prior to police arrival. P.O. Andrew Smith and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

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FAIR HAVEN BUSTS MAN FOR JEWELRY FRAUD

Activity reports for the month of June, 2013, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• 06/02/13 Ptl. Hostrup took a theft report for a BMW hood ornament from a Woodland Dr resident.

• 6/9/13 S.O. Murray took a fraud report from a Heights Terrace resident.  This involved a check scheme where the victim was defrauded of $2,400. Det. Schneider investigating.

• 06/11/13 Ptl. Reevey took a report for harassing text messages from a Second Street resident.

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RED BANK: SLEEPING MAN ROBBED

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 6 to June 13, 2013. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief, Suspicious occurring on 6-6-13 at Tower Hill—Condo. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) possibly attempted to gain entry into her condo by placing a thin metal blade into the keyhole of her entry door, which broke off inside the lock. Ptl. David Hicks.

Theft occurring at Harding Road—Church between May 10, 2013 and June 07, 2013. Report of unknown person(s) breaking into shed on property and stealing a snow blower and leaf blower. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft occurring at E. Westside Ave. between 6-6-13 and 6-9-13. Victim reported that a portion of chain link fence was removed from his property by unknown person(s). Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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MIDDLETOWN: MAN CHARGED WITH STALKING

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authoritiesDennis Knapp, age 42, from Highland Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on June 3, 2013 by Patrolman Anthony Bumbico for Simple Assault. He was released after posting $2,500.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Debra Featerston, age 50, from Main Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on June 3, 2013 by Patrolman Scott Davis for Defiant Trespass. She was released pending a court date.

Eric Nempsey, age 27, from Laurel Drive in Highlands, NJ, arrested on June 4, 2013 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Joseph Rispoli, age 18, from Bonifacio Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 4, 2013 by Patrolman James Beirne for Unlawful Possession of Xanax and Being under the Influence of Narcotics. He was released pending a court date.

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LITTLE SILVER: GRAVE MARKERS STOLEN

Activity reports for the month of May, 2013, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

call-in-the-authoritiesMay 5– Sarah Gordon, 26, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Eastview Ave. for Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

May 8– A business owner from Prospect Ave. reported Criminal Mischief after discovering that an unknown subject(s) damaged her vehicle while it was parked in the parking lot. P.O. Eric Van Schaack investigated.

May 8– A business owner from Prospect Plaza reported Harassment after an unknown subject(s) phoned in a phony order to be delivered to a business in another town that never made the order. P.O. Eric Van Schaack investigated.

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SEA BRIGHT MAN CHARGED IN SANDY FRAUD

By JOHN T. WARD

A Sea Bright man was arrested Wednesday and charged with ripping off the Federal Emergency Management Administration by racking up hotel charges he didn’t deserve, authorities announced.

Bill Nagle, 51, of Center Street, was charged with defrauding 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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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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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department.

call-in-the-authoritiesFebruary 16, 2013 – February 22, 2013

A juvenile resident reports being followed in the area of Frances St on 2/19/13. Unknown actor described as a male, white approximately 40-50 years old with medium length, messy brown hair. Ptl. Jessica Boyd investigating.

Officers were requested to assist state police with a disorderly person in the area of Crawford St in Shrewsbury Township. Male subject was transported to Monmouth Medical Center by Ptl. Tracy Polk.

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RED BANK: QUIET WEEK FOR COPS

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 8 to February 14, 2013. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on West Front St. on 2-11-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti onto side of building. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

ARRESTS:
Andre Davis, age 46 male of Middletown was arrested on 2-14-13 in the area of Rector Place for DWI by Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Edward Gill, age 28 male of Red Bank was arrested on 2-13-13 in the area of E. Newman Springs Rd. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. James DePonte.

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WANDERING TODDLER FOUND UNINJURED

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department.

call-in-the-authoritiesReport of Motor Vehicle Accident 2/11/13 in the area of Rt. 35 & Silverbrook Rd. Pole and wires pulled down. Driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Riverview Medical Center. Accident still under investigation by Ptl. Adam Cerminaro.

Report of Credit Card Fraud in the area of Rt. 35 on 2/12/13. 37 year old female of Union City reports her debit card being used at multiple locations in Shrewsbury while the card was still in her possession. Damages totaling $544.29. Detective Sergeant RobertTurner investigating.

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LITTLE SILVER POLICE BLOTTER FOR JANUARY

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• January 1– A resident from Sherwood Rd. reported Credit Card Fraud when he discovered that an unknown subject was making unauthorized purchases on his credit card. P.O. Eric Van Schaack and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

• January 3– Mark Drzewiecki, 18, of Shrewsbury, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Branch Ave. for Possession of a Fraudulent Drivers License. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

• January 3– A Theft was reported after a cell phone had been stolen from a location on Ridge Rd. P.O. Robert Chenoweth investigated.

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EX-LAWYER ARRESTED FOR LOCUST FRAUD

By JOHN T. WARD

A former Red Bank lawyer was arrested Wednesday on a theft charge for fraudulently putting the ownership of a Middletown property in his own name, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced late in the day.

Alexander Iler, 38, of Middletown, who maintained a law office on Broad Street, is alleged to have forged the signature of a purported seller on a deed, making himself the buyer, said Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

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EX-LITTLE SILVER WORKER BUSTED FOR FRAUD

A former employee of a Little Silver business was being held in jail Wednesday on charges she used pilfered credit-card data to commit identity theft and fraud, borough police say.

Tara Galen, 35, of Brick Township was ordered held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $60,000 bail, without the option to post 10 percent, following her arrest Tuesday by Detective Gregory Oliva.

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FORMER BROOKDALE PREZ COPS TO FRAUD

Peter Burnham, who resigned as president of Brookdale Community College last year amid questions over his lavish pay and perks, pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding the school out of $40,000, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced.

Burnham, of Colts Neck, also admitted bilking the federal government and Monmouth University out of $20,000 in student aid after he quit in discgrace, according to Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Grammiccioni.

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MIDDLETOWN ARREST REPORT

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• On July 5, 2012 the Middletown Police Detective Bureau and Quality of Life Unit executed an arrest warrant at a residence on Evergreen Terrace in Middletown. Police arrested Christopher Newrock, age 23, from Evergreen Terrace on a Contempt of Court warrant. Police say Newrock was also charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Bath Salts, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct and Terroristic Threats as a result of the warrant execution.

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MIDDLETOWN COPS CITE SIX FOR DWI

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• Brian Seward, age 49, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on June 20, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti for Theft. He was released pending a court date.

• Patricia Bulinsky, age 40, from Oregon Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2012 by Patrolman Albert Scott for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

• Lynn Moretti, age 40, from Jersey Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 19, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with the intent to Distribute, Unlawful Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was held on bail.

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MIDDLETOWN: POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• On May 23, 2012 Detectives Laurence Schachtel and Daniel Sullivan arrested Samantha Luberto, age 21, from Forest Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a Public Park and Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute within 1000 feet of a School Zone.

Luberto was arrested as a result of a motor vehicle stop on Thompson Avenue in Middletown. She was released pending a court date.

• Cynthia Siegfried, age 56, from Highway 36 in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on May 28, 2012 by Patrolman Charles Higgins for Criminal Trespass and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Manchester and Ocean Municipal Courts. She was held on $979.00 bail.

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A BOOZY WEEK IN MIDDLETOWN

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• Frane Pesa, age 20, from Sunset Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on May 8, 2012 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Holmdel Municipal Courts. He was held on $1,750.00 bail.

• Nicole Welch, age 27, from Bergen Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on May 8, 2012 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan and Patrolman Keith Hirschbein of the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,000.00 bail.

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FIVE CHARGED IN WINDOW-BREAKING SPREE

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• 4/2/12

-Ptl. Lagrotteria arrested Richard P. Devaney, 53, Hazlet and charged him with DWI. Additional motor vehicle complaints were signed against Mr. Devaney. Mr. Devaney was released pending a court date.

• 4/4/12

-Det. Dykstra took a Theft report from a River Rd. business where a subject is refusing to pay for items taken from the victim.

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LITTLE SILVER POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• April 8- A Fraud was reported to have taken place at a residence on Winding Way. P.O. Andrew Smith investigated.

• April 9- A business owner from Birch Ave. reported that a Bad Check, in excess of $900.00, had been received from a customer. P.O. Andrew Smith investigated.

• April 10- A resident from Mitchell Pl. reported that her vehicle had been stolen from her driveway sometime during the early morning hours. P.O. Amanda Arnold and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

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FAKE ‘NEPHEW’ INDICTED IN $750K SCAM

A man of indeterminate age and address has been indicted for allegedly scamming an elderly Red Bank woman out of $750,000 by pretending to be her nephew, Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw announced Monday.

James J. James J. Demitro, also known Anthony Tatalia, was charged by a county grand jury with second-degree theft by deception, including a scheme to acquire the woman’s home for just $1.

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M’TOWN COPS MAKE RX FRAUD ARREST

By DUSTIN RACIOPPImiddletown-pd

Middletown police busted a Keansburg man late last month for allegedly submitting a false prescription for 120 Oxycodone pills at a pharmacy in the Navesink section of town.

The investigation also yielded forgery and receiving stolen property charges, police said.

More reports, unedited, appear below.

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FAIR HAVEN SENIOR SCAMMED FOR $14K

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI authorities3

A Fair Haven senior citizen was bilked out of $14,000 recently by a person pretending to be his or her grandson, police said.

Police were alerted to the scam Thursday, when a senior said that a person identifying himself as a grandson made five phone calls over three days claiming he was in need of help.

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