NEWARK, NJ - Monday morning, Alaa Saadeh, 23, was arrested at his West New York home in Hudson County for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to ISIL - the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," a designated foreign terrorist organization, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman
The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) have been investigating a group of at least five individuals from New York and New Jersey who are allegedly involved with actively promoting ISIL. Saadeh, a United States citizen, is the fourth individual that the Department of Justice has noted is part of this current ISIL investigation.
Saadeh was charged with the following:
Information Gathered from Case Documents
The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) have been investigating a group of individuals from New York and New Jersey who have allegedly conspired to provide material support to ISIL.
Following the reported arrest of "Conspirator 1" sometime in May in Jordan, the following individuals were also arrested as part of this current investigation:
Each count in the complaint carries:
Fishman credited the following in leading to today’s arrest:
The US Government will be represented by:
Connecticut Doctors Richard Goldberg, 65, and Dr. Gary Leeds, 61, Sentenced in Newark for Accepting Bribes for Referrals to Parsippany's Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services
NEWARK, NJ - Today, Dr. Richard Goldberg, 65, and Dr. Gary Leeds, 61, both of Connecticut with practices in New York, were sentenced to 20-months today in Newark federal court, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
The two doctors had previously pleaded guilty before US District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to one count of accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals. Chesler imposed both sentences today in Newark.
The long-running and elaborate scheme was operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS), of Parsippany. As of now, 38 people (26 of them doctors, including Leeds and Goldberg) have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme. Organizers have admitted that millions of dollars in bribes, which resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and private insurance companies, were involved in the far-reaching fraud plot. The investigation has so far recovered more than $11 million to date through forfeiture.
Information Gathered from Case Documents and Court Statements
Professional Medical Practice
Besides sharing a Family Medical Group of Manhattan, both men are affiliated with the Beth Israel Medical Center
The US Government is represented by:
"Rhino" of Newark Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for String of 14 Armed Robberies Including Verona Subway
NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced yesterday that a Newark man, Jamar Darby, 27, also known as "Rhino," was sentenced to 225 months in prison after pleading guilty to 14 armed robberies of commercial establishments throughout Essex, Hudson and Union counties - including the Verona Subway armed robbery on the night of May 20, 2013.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge William H. Walls sentenced Darby to three years of supervised release and a $73,324 fine of restitution.
Darby had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of an indictment which charged him with:
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Darby conspired with others to rob these commercial establishments:
The Attorney General said that Darby and his conspirators robbed each establishment at gunpoint, stealing cash, cigarettes and other items. In 13 of the 14 robberies, they used zip ties or duct tape to restrain their victims. During the Pat’s Deli robbery on Feb. 19, 2013, Darby and a conspirator restrained several victims with duct tape after threatening one victim with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Verona Subway Robbery
According to the Attorney General, on Monday, May 20, around 11 p.m., Darby brandished a handgun as he and two other men entered the Verona Subway located at 45 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. Darby and another robber restrained a Subway employee by tying the employee’s hands and feet with plastic zip ties and stole $409 from the cash register before fleeing. The restaurant's surveillance camera captured the event on video. Reportedly, the suspect was wearing a dark NY Yankees hat with white lettering, dark pants, black boots, and black gloves and his face was also covered with a black mask.
On June 21, 2013, law enforcement searched Darby's residence and a vehicle used by him and found:
Multiple Agencies Involved
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the following law enforcement officers and agencies for their work on this case:
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Thursday, the Newark Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that four Bloods street gang members were indicated by a federal grand jury on charges of murder, attempted murder, racketeering, robbery, weapons offenses and drug distribution. The four men, all of Newark, are allegedly members of the Blood's subgroup, found primarily in Essex County, called "Sex Money Murder."
According to the FBI, beginning in 2007, Sex Money Murder controlled the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in the area surrounding Martin Luther King Boulevard and Spruce Street in Newark and amassed firearms in the same neighborhoods. The gang is made up of friends and family members who join at a young age and and mark themselves with SMM tattoos. They follow the typical Bloods governing rules and hierarchical power structures and mark their territory with SMM gang symbols.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced that the men were charged in a 14-count superseding indictment in connection with their alleged Sex Money Murder gang activities. The four indicted men and their charges are:
Narik "Spaz" Wilson, 29 - Leader of the gang
Wilson was previously charged with drug distribution and firearm possession on Oct. 7, 2011.
Emil “Diddy” Rutledge, 26
Laquan “Drama” Reed, 25
Rajohn “1090” Wilson, 23
“The offenses charged in today’s indictment
All four men are already in custody on related charges and are expected to appear in Newark federal court on a date still to be determined. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, under the leadership of Wilson, the four gang members allegedly engaged in a wide range of violent criminal activity in order to deal drugs, silence those that they considered police informants and intimidate rival gangs. According to the FBI, these acts included numerous murders, shootings, robberies and auto thefts.
The case points to these specific events as evidence:
“Drug dealing, illegal weapons and gang violence
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael H. Robertson and Dara Govan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.