West Caldwell Police Officers Corporal Bill Styskal and Patrolman Pat Cooper Honor Fallen NYPD Officers Wenjain Liu and Rafael Ramos with T-Shirt Sales Donations
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Members of the West Caldwell Police Department recently honored the memories of two New York City Police Officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were killed in December. After traveling into the city to attend both funeral proceedings, Corporal William Styskal and Patrolman Patrick Cooper then participated in a t-shirt sale which was part of a fundraiser for the officers' families.
On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 20, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton held a press conference stating that, at about 2:47pm that afternoon, NYPD officers Liu and Ramos were killed while on duty. He said that they were guarding a housing unit in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn which had seen an increase in violence this past year and were shot in the front seat of their police car.
The suspect was identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, of Atlanta. Witnesses recounted that they saw him shoot several times through the passenger side of the window striking both officers in the head. He was chased by nearby officers to a subway station where police believe he shot himself and died.
"Two of the city's finest were shot and killed with no warning,
Both Officers Ramos and Liu had served in the 84th Precinct; Ramos for two years and Liu for seven and a half. After their deaths, both officers were posthumously promoted to the rank of detective. Ramos left behind a wife and two young sons and Liu was survived by his wife of two months.
In an effort to honor their memories, as well as solicit donations on behalf of the family members, officers from the 84th coordinated with a local t-shirt producer who manufactured the shirts for free so that 100 percent of their money raised would go to the officer's families.
Styskal first became aware of the fundraising project through the non-profit website, LEO Only, which was created for law enforcement professionals, both active and retired, to help provide for the families of fallen officers. The web group promoted the t-shirt sales to its members and the 84th Precinct itself placed fliers announcing the fundraiser throughout all of the city police districts. Styskal, who is nearing retirement in July after 25 years of service, explained that he felt a close connection to the NYPD. He had attended both memorials for the officers and wanted to do something for the families; he decided to help with the fundraising project.
"I felt it was important to get involved in a bigger way
Styskal enlisted Cooper, a West Caldwell officer for 9 years, to help him spread the word and work with him to collect, sell and distribute the t-shirts.
"Officer Cooper was great, he was very willing to help me," Styskal commented.
Styskal comes from a line that has law enforcement family members going as far back as 1895 and 1920. Their willingness to make a difference may be genetic; Styskal's son Joey, 9, accompanied him to the 84th Precinct and wanted to do whatever he could to show his respect and sympathy for the Liu and Ramos families. The officers of the NYPD 84th were touched by his concern and his presence.
According to Styskal, as of Monday the 84th Precinct had produced and sold over 10,000 shirts at $20 each. Every part of that $200,000 went to Officers Liu and Ramos' families and the Precinct had another batch set for production on Friday.
The Liu and Ramos families have received an enormous amount of community support and have also been gifted with financial contributions designated to help with their mortgages, college funds and daily expenses. The West Caldwell officers presented the 84th Precinct with a check for $3,100; they were told that of all the groups who participated in selling t-shirts, they were second only to the Manhattan South Precinct in highest donations by a single group.
The 84th presented the Department with an NYPD patch from their department and in turn, the West Caldwell officers presented them with one of their own. The West Caldwell Police Department patch will be displayed at the front desk of the 84th, along with patches from officers around the country who came to support the NYPD and the Ramos and Liu family.
"They were overwhelming thankful for all our support and
The 84th has a special memorial area set up in commemoration of all those who have died from their Precinct in the line of duty.
"Being a cop is a humbling experience and
Daniel Metz, 34, of Fairfield, Sentenced to Nine Months for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Thursday
FAIRFIELD, NJ - In Trenton today, Daniel Metz, 34, of Fairfield, was sentenced to prison for his role in a scheme to defraud hospitals of more than $800,000, according to US Attorney Paul J. Fishman. In August, Metz had pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, a count which carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was sentenced today to nine months in prison and nine months of home confinement. Charles B. Carey Jr., 35, of Clark, whose cooperation led to Metz’ conviction, was sentenced to three years of probation.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Metz and Carey both worked for Integra LifeSciences Corporation of Plainsboro, a provider of orthopedic products such as devices and implants for the spine, foot and ankle, hand and wrist, and shoulder and elbow.
Integra initially employed Metz as a Product Specialist in July, 2005. Apparently, surgeons routinely allow product specialists to be present during surgeries and, should they need any of the items which the sales person has with them, they use the items and the hospital is later billed for the items used. Integra Product Specialists bring with them consignment trays with pre-packaged products and they, and their supervisors, are compensated based on salary, sales target-based commission and bonuses.
Metz eventually became Northeast Regional Manager, supervising 16 Product Specialists and Assistant Sales Representatives in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. While working in his managerial role, Metz oversaw Carey, who was a Product Specialist from January, 2009, until he resigned in April, 2011.
During court proceedings, Metz admitted that he used various fraudulent methods to overcharge hospitals and surgery centers, including sometimes charging for a greater quantity or a more expensive product than was actually used. He also admitted in court that he taught his fraudulent schemes to those he supervised, including Carey, who admitted to also employing the methods.
Together, Metz and Carey admitted to fraudulently causing medical facilities to pay more than $800,000 in inflated bills. When the fraud was brought to the company's attention, Metz was fired from Integra in April, 2013.
In addition to the prison term and home confinement, US District Judge Joel A. Pisano sentenced Metz to three years of supervised release. As part of their plea agreements, Metz will pay $100,000 and Carey, $77,000, which represents the amounts of money they personally made through the fraud scheme. The defrauded hospitals have already been reimbursed by Integra for the fraudulent charges.
Assisting Fishman with the investigation were special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office detectives, under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
The US Attorney's stand-alone Health Care and Government Fraud Unit handles both criminal and civil investigations and prosecutes health care fraud offenses. Since 2010, the office has recovered more than $635 million in health care fraud and government fraud settlements, judgments, fines, restitution and forfeiture under the False Claims Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other statutes.
The government was represented by Jacob T. Elberg, Chief of the US Attorney’s Office’s Health Care and Government Fraud Unit, in Newark.
The defense counsel for Metz was Lawrence Lustberg Esq., Newark, and for Carey, Timothy Donohue Esq., of West Orange.
NEWARK, NJ - New Jersey's Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Wednesday that 19 motor oils are now banned in the state. The New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures lab revealed in December that each of the now-banned products failed to conform to the viscosity promised on the product label which may result in the risk of engine failure and excess engine wear. The banned products may no longer be sold in New Jersey and any business that continues to sell them will be subject to a civil penalty of at least $100 per container.
Viscosity is a measure of a liquid's tendency to flow and motor oils are labeled by their viscosity fluid rates. The "W" stands for Winter and the lower the "W" number the better the oil will perform in cold temperatures, ie, a 30 oil is thinner than a 40 oil. Hoffman explained that the use of a motor oil with viscosity levels that are either too high or too low for a vehicle's engine specifications may result in the risk of engine failure, excess engine wear, and/or decreased fuel efficiency. As an example, he cited motor oils which were labeled 10W-40 and which the NJ lab found to have viscosity measures that widely varied from the universally defined characteristics of 10W-40 motor oil.
Banned Motor Oils
The products listed below typically sell for about $3 to $4 per quart bottle:
"Many of these allegedly mislabeled motor oils are sold at cheap prices,
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.
“We continue to monitor the marketplace for motor oils that are mislabeled