Tags: Bill Baroni, bridgegate, Bridget Kelly, Chris Christie Arrested, Chris Christie Indicted, David Wildstein
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Today in New Jersey, David Wildstein entered a guilty plea and indictments against Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni were unsealed. This left most people wondering, well what about Chris Christie? At least some were expecting that he would be arrested. US Attorney Paul Fishman made it clear that there was no one else that would be indicted. However, he added, based upon the evidence available to him now.
Thus, there are two possible scenarios. One, Christie was not really involved in the bridge closings just like he said. These three people planned this, going as far back as 2011, but never told the Governor. That seems kind of hard to believe but it is at least a possibility. Another scenario is that Fishman did not want to indict Christie based only on the cooperation of Wildstein. The plan may be to see if Kelly, Baroni or both may decide to flip now that they have been indicted. If all three of them point the finger at Christie, Fishman will have a much better case against the Governor.
Only time will tell how this one shakes out.
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Tags: Dr. Salomon Melgen, Sen. Robert Menendez
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Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey has been accused with trading trading political help for assorted benefits from a Florida eye doctor. The opthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen, allegedly bestowed campaign contributions, plane rides and gifts upon Menendez over the course of their long relationship. In return, the Government says that he reciprocated by using his office to try to help Melgen’s various business ventures. Both men were indicted in the District of New Jersey for one count of conspiracy, one count of violating the travel act, eight counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud, Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said.
Menendez was also charged with one count of making false statements.
Specifically, the indictment alleges that, among other gifts, Menendez accepted flights on Melgen’s private jet, a first-class commercial flight and a flight on a chartered jet; numerous vacations at Melgen’s Caribbean villa in the Dominican Republic and at a hotel room in Paris; and $40,000 in contributions to his legal defense fund and over $750,000 in campaign contributions. Menendez never disclosed any of the reportable gifts that he received from Melgen on his financial disclosure forms. That presents a real problem because its one thing to just forget to disclose something but the Government also alleges that Menendez allegedly engaged in three efforts to use his Senate office and staff to advocate on behalf of Melgen’s personal and financial interests. First, Menendez allegedly pressured executive agencies in connection with a conflict between Melgen and the government of the Dominican Republic relating to a disputed contract that Melgen purchased to provide exclusive screening of containers coming through Dominican ports. Second, Menendez allegedly advocated on behalf of Melgen in connection with a Medicare billing dispute worth approximately $8.9 million to Melgen. Third, Menendez allegedly took active steps to support the tourist and student visa applications of three of Melgen’s girlfriends, as well as the visa application of the younger sister of one of Melgen’s girlfriends. Throughout these efforts, Menendez allegedly engaged in advocacy for Melgen all the way up to the highest levels of the U.S. government, including meeting with a U.S. cabinet secretary, contacting a U.S. Ambassador, meeting with the heads of executive agencies and other senior executive officials and soliciting other U.S. Senators, all in order to assist Melgen’s personal and pecuniary interests.
Thus, the Government will argue that this was not a simple oversight or a deliberate attempt to hide these gifts so that the connection between the gifts and the advocacy could not be made. Menendez will argue that there is no actual link between the two or in other words, there was no quid pro quo. The Government’s evidence us unknown but without any actual witnesses, the case may be largely circumstantial. Menendez can point to the fact that the two men have known each other for a long time and that the two were friends. Thus, this was nothing more than two friends helping each other out. Menendez would have advocated for Melgen regardless of the gifts and Melgen would have provided the gifts even if no advocacy was needed. One was not dependant on the other. The question I would have is did Menendez receive any other gifts that he did not report and/or did he perform any similar advocacy on the behalf of other people who did not provide him with such gifts? If so, this could help show that the Senator’s story is accurate.
Regardless of how it shakes out, both men have so much to lose that a plea bargain might not make any sense. So it would not suprise me if this case goes to trial.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article17137823.html
New Jersey Tax Investigation Attorney December 8, 2014Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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New Jersey Tax Investigation Attorney
A tax investigation can take many forms. It could come us a notice for a tax audit or it could be a knock on the door by an IRS criminal division agent. Regardless of how you come to know that you are being investigated for tax fraud, what matter is how you respond. Hiring an experienced New Jersey tax investigation lawyer right away can often make a big difference in determining the final outcome of the investigation. You cannot assume that this will just go away. Also, hiring a lawyer will not make you look guilty. Anything you say can and will be used against you and you should have a mouthpiece do the talking for you. That’s where our team of though, smart New Jersey tax lawyers come into play.
When we are hired for a tax fraud investigation, we will let the IRS agents know that we represent you. We will work with them to figure out what they are going after. We will then work with you to develop a strategy to achieve a successful resolution for your case. This will likely include gathering evidence and performing legal research. Whatever it is we have to do, you can be assured that our lawyers will do it. Our strategy in response to investigations has been proven time and time again over the years.
It will cost you nothing to discuss your case with us. Call us anytime to go over your situation. We can help you no matter where you live in New Jersey. No case is too complex. We have the team to tackle any tax investigation.
NJ DCPP Investigations Attorney December 6, 2014Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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NJ DCPP Investigations Attorney
If you are facing a DCPP investigation, you should consult with a defense lawyer immediately. Doing so will not make DCPP think that you are guilty. Look at it this way, if they are going to think you are guilty, they probably think that already. Anything you say or do can and will likely be used against you. That’s why you need someone to speak for you and that’s what we do. Of course, we do more than that.
Our team of tough and aggressive DCPP investigation lawyers can help you make DCPP leave you alone. We will advise them that all communication will go through us. You will not go anywhere, talk to anyone or take any tests unless we sign off on it first. We then work with them to try to get the case closed right away and to make sure that they don’t bring you to court.
If the DCPP case worker is bothering you and you want to have them leave you alone, call our DCPP defense lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll let you know how we can help you so that DCPP stays out of your life. We will help you shut down their investigation so that you do not get brought to court.
Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, from MTV’s the Jersey Shore, indicted for filing false tax returns September 24, 2014Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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MTV’s “Jersey Shore” star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino was indicted Wednesday on charges of filing false tax returns involving $8.9 million income along with his brother Marc. The Situation was charged with two counts while Marc was charged with three counts of filing false tax returns for 2010 through 2012. Sorrentino was also accused of failing to file a tax return for 2011.
The Government alleges that the pair claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. Based upon recent similar cases, it looks like the two will likely see some prison time. This shows that tax fraud is taken seriously and that the Government does prosecute people for filing false returns.
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Philadelphia EUO Lawyers June 14, 2014Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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An Examination Under Oath, or EUO can lead to serious consequences. You are not required to have a lawyer and you will not be provided with a lawyer. The insurance company will have a lawyer present so going into an EUO in Philadelphia without your own lawyer can quickly become a disaster. A lawyer can help make sure that a procedural issue doesn’t lead to a denial of your insurance claim. A lawyer will also make sure that you are not taken advantage of. While every case is different, it is rarely expensive to hire a lawyer to represent you for an EUO.
So one you have determined that you want to retain an attorney, the question is who to retain? It could be tough to find a lawyer that is knowledgeable about examinations under oath. That’s why we created our EUO website. You can not only learn about the EUO process but you can learn about us as well. Use the link directly below to access our EUO website.
New York Unemployment Fraud Lawyer June 14, 2014Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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Much like other states around the country, New York is cracking down on unemployment fraud. Our New York Unemployment Fraud Lawyers have successfully helped clients with unemployment fraud cases. However, you cannot just wait to see what will happen. You should call an attorney as soon as you receive a notice from that you are under investigation. If you do not handle this the right way, you can be charged with grand larceny. Take the example of Shawn Gloster. He was arrested for for allegedly stealing about $15,000 in unemployment benefits. That’s not a large amount either. Others before him have been arrested as well. That story is here.
If you are under investigation for unemployment fraud in New York, call us at 732-773-2768 to discuss your case with one of our aggressive New York Unemployment Fraud Lawyers.
Eight arrested for unemployment fraud in New Jersey June 10, 2014Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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Eight people have recently been arrested for allegedly committing unemployment fraud in New Jersey. To many, unemployment fraud seems like a victimless crime. They think that if they just pay the money back, they won’t be arrested. However, this story shows that New Jersey takes unemployment fraud seriously and that people do get arrested for these crimes. The following people have been arrested:
In each case, authorities say the defendants certified that they were “physically able to work” and “available to go to work immediately,” when in fact they were in jail and therefore not eligible to receive benefits. These eight defendants represent the first round of prosecutions resulting from referrals from the Department of Labor and the ongoing investigative efforts of the Division of Criminal Justice. Thus, more arrests are expected.
This firm has represented hundreds of people charged with unemployment fraud. Call us today at 732-773-2768 to discuss your case. Do not wait until you are charged!
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Tags: bridgegate, Bridget Anne Kelly, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, Mark Sokolich, Michael Drewniak
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At this point, almost every knows that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing a huge scandal involving the September lane closure of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He had a two hour press conference today where he denied any involvement in the revenge road closure and instead, shifted blame to staffers. This lane closure created traffic jams that not only inconvenienced many but may have actually led to the death of a 91 year old woman. Thus, politicians have called for criminal charges to be filed.
According to this article from the Washington Times, N.J. state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said that she thinks criminal charges are forthcoming while N.J. state Sen. Ray Lesniak joined the call for criminal investigation, pushing for the federal government to look into the matter. According to the New York Times, the United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, opened an inquiry after the matter was referred to the office by the inspector general for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge.
So now the question is, will Chris Christie (and/or anyone else) be prosecuted here? Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has already said that the Governor should “lawyer up” and prepare for prosecution. With all due respect to Mr. Dershowitz, I think it is far too early to start talking about criminal prosecution here. Let’s put aside the fact that Chris Christie is one of the most popular politicians at the moment. Let’s view him as the average defendant for right now. A criminal prosecution of Christie involves a host a problems. The first problem is trying to link Christie to any conspiracy to commit a crime. Without some type of hard evidence (emails, text messages, etc) that shows that Christie authorized the lane closure, it will be hard to link it back to him. The Government would have to rely almost exclusively on the testimony of others such as the aides that have been fired as well as others that may have been involved. Between being fired, publicly embarrassed and looking at possible criminal charges themselves, these alleged co-conspirator may say anything to not only save themselves but get revenge on Christie. A jury would have to believe one or more of these other people over that of Christie whose lawyers could shred them on cross examination.
The other problem here is that the Government is not investigating a criminal organization or a long-term criminal conspiracy where the head of the conspiracy interacts with all of the other conspirators. Assuming arguendo that Christie did in fact participate in this revenge scandal, how many people actually interacted with him? Chances are that he did not speak with all of those involved. In fact, he may have only actually discussed it with one person. Thus, the Government may have to rely on only one co-conspirator to prove that Christie was involved instead of multiple co-conspirators.
That brings me to the next problem. One of the reasons why the US Attorney’s Office gets such great results is that is cherry-picks its cases. They make sure that they have a rock solid case. When they do lose a case, it rocks the entire office and a postmortem is done to fine out what happened. In other words, they take losing seriously. This helps the criminal defense practitioner when dealing with federal investigations. If you as the attorney for the possible defendant can cast some doubt on the Government’s case, they will likely back off. I know because I have used this strategy with great success.
Thus, in the average case, the Government faces some challenges here. Of course, this is not the average case. If Christie was in fact prosecuted, it would easily become the trial of the century. Christie would assemble this century’s version of the dream team and the story would be covered by media outlets worldwide. Despite this scandal, Christie is incredibly popular. Thus, the Government would have to have a perfect case. If Christie were to be found not guilty, the impact on the US Attorney’s office and President Obama would be unfathomable. As a result, the US Attorneys’ office would be very hesitant to take such a risk. Absent a smoking gun, there may not be enough for the Government to roll the dice.
Its nice to make headlines and talk about criminal prosecution and I think the case should be investigated. However, before anyone starts talking about Christie doing a perp walk soon, the practical reality of that scenario needs to be considered. Like him or hate him, don’t expect the US Attorney’s office to issue an arrest warrant for a popular Governor like Christie absent some of the most compelling evidence to ever hit a court room. Instead, he may face some lesser form of punishment such as impeachment as called for by Paul Munshine of the Star Ledger.
Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice could be deported July 30, 2013Posted by jefhenninger in News.
Tags: Giuseppe Giudice, Joe Giudice, Teresa Giudice
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Adding yet a further wrinkle to the legal problems facing Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice is that Joe is not a US citizen. Thus, even if he somehow escapes prison, he would likely be deported. Story is here.