FBI: “Woman Who Allegedly Mailed Threatening Letters to U.S. Supreme Court and Throughout New Jersey Arrested on Federal Charge”

July 9, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on July 9, 2013 released the following:

“NEWARK, NJ—An Irvington, New Jersey woman was arrested at her home this morning by members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for allegedly mailing letters threatening bodily harm to the U.S. Supreme Court and recipients throughout New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Karen Waller, 50, is charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of mailing threatening communications. She is expected to appear to face the charge this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.

According to the criminal complaint unsealed today, Waller mailed more than 50 threatening letters in May and June 2013 to multiple entities and individuals, including a number in New Jersey. The recipients of those letters included the U.S. Supreme Court; the town hall in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey; Rutgers University; an insurance company; and the Millburn Township, New Jersey Police Department. The letters threatened to injure and kill unspecified individuals.

The charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents, detectives, and investigators assigned to the JTTF, under the direction of FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, with the investigation. The JTTF comprises law enforcement officers from numerous federal, state, and local agencies throughout New Jersey.

The government is represented by Andrew Kogan, chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office National Security Unit.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

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Gerardo Blasi, Former New Jersey Turnpike Authority Manager, Charged with Allegedly Stealing More Than $120,000

July 1, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on July 1, 2013 released the following:

“NEWARK, NJ—A former claims manager for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority was arrested today for allegedly stealing more than $120,000 from the authority, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Gerardo Blasi, 54, of Clifton, New Jersey, was arrested by special agents of the FBI and charged by complaint with mail fraud and defrauding a state agency that receives federal funds. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint:

Blasi was a claims manager at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, responsible for negotiating and collecting payments from insurance companies whose insured drivers caused damage to the Turnpike. From April 2011 to June 2013, Blasi allegedly stole more than $120,000 from the authority in several ways, including instructing insurance companies to issue checks payable to fraudulent repair companies. When the checks were mailed to Blasi at the authority, he would arrange to have them cashed and keep a portion of the money for himself.

The fraud count with which Blasi is charged carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The theft from a state agency count is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the New Jersey Turnpike Authority for its cooperation in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Foster of the office’s Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

Federal Mail Fraud Crimes – 18 U.S.C. § 1341

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Alleged Child Porn Distributor Charged in US

June 11, 2012

ABC News on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press

A Ukrainian man charged by federal authorities with running a worldwide child pornography distribution network has made his first appearance in a New Jersey courtroom.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Maksym Shynkarenko (max-SEEM’ shank-AH’-rank-oh) from Kharkov, Ukraine, founded and operated a Ukraine-based child pornography website that had customers around the world and has resulted in 560 convictions of customers in the U.S.

Shynkarenko was extradited from Thailand over the weekend to face a 32-charge indictment.

A federal judge in Newark on Monday ordered him to remain in custody pending his arraignment Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Shynkarenko, wearing green prison scrubs, close-cropped hair and glasses answered a judge’s questions in English that he did understand his rights.

He has been assigned a court-appointed attorney.”

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Murder suspect Bergrin forcefully cross-examines FBI agent during trial

October 20, 2011

NorthJersey.com on October 19, 2011 released the following:

“BY PETER J. SAMPSON

Displaying the skills that made him a highly sought-after defense lawyer, Paul W. Bergrin meticulously grilled an FBI agent Wednesday, attempting to discredit her investigation into the murder of a witness he is accused of helping to kill.

Bergrin was so forceful in his questioning of FBI Special Agent Shawn A. Brokos that U.S. District Judge William J. Martini interrupted the cross-examination and asked him to tone it down.

The caution hardly dampened Bergrin’s enthusiasm as he tried to show that Brokos’ testimony was at odds with some of the evidence in the 2004 slaying of the confidential informant, Kemo Deshawn McCray.

Bergrin, 55, of Nutley, is on trial in federal court in Newark, accused of aiding, counseling and inducing others to murder McCray to keep him from testifying against a crack dealer, William Baskerville, who was Bergrin’s client.

Prosecutors also allege Bergrin wanted to silence McCray to protect himself because he was supplying multi-kilo quantities of cocaine to a large-scale heroin and coke ring headed by Baskerville’s cousin, Hakeem Curry.

Much of Bergrin’s questioning focused on the details of McCray’s slaying – the scene after the hit, the make of the getaway car, the trajectory of the bullets and whether the shooter used his right or left hand to pump three bullets into McCray’s head on a Newark street corner

It was all part of Bergrin’s attempt to show that the agent oversaw a less-than-thorough, if not shoddy, investigation, and to raise doubt as to whether the FBI had identified the correct shooter.

Brokos testified her investigation corroborated Anthony Young’s confession that he shot McCray. Young confessed after initially claiming to have served only as a lookout and then changing his story to insist he was never there.

Bergrin pointed out that Young was bald at the time of the murder, and the victim’s stepfather, Johnnie Davis, who was so close that he felt the burning blast of gun powder, described a gunman with shoulder-length dreadlocks.

Shown a photo array of six men with dreadlocks, Davis identified a man who was not Young as the killer, Bergrin said.

Brokos testified that she did not consider that a positive identification because Davis said the man “resembled the shooter.”

“You didn’t think it was important as the lead case agent trying to make an identification in this case to find out what he meant by ‘resembled’?” Bergrin asked.

“I understood ‘resembled’ to mean ‘looked like,’” Brokos replied, adding that she did not need a clarification.

Bergrin then elicited testimony that Brokos never showed Davis a photo of Young.

“To your knowledge, did anyone ever show Johnnie Davis a photo of Anthony Young?” Bergrin continued.

“I believe your investigators have,” she replied, adding later that Davis, who blamed her for McCray’s slaying, refused to speak her until recently.

Bergrin repeatedly queried the agent about avenues of inquiry that were not followed up, the failure to show photos of suspects to certain witnesses, and her familiarity with reports by the Newark and Essex County homicide investigators who conducted the initial investigation.

Asked if she ever had the four shell casings recovered at the scene tested for fingerprints or DNA, Brokos said she had not.

Despite the intense grilling, Brokos never lost her composure as she defended her handling of the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Minish asked the judge during a break to instruct Bergrin to “stop playing games” by asking the agent for details from reports and then not providing the reports when she said she could not be certain without reviewing them.

Martini noted that the agent “handled herself very well.””

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