State of New Jersey

Unlicensed Former Doctor and Husband from Ocean County Allegedly Reap More than $172,000 by Submitting Phony Bills to Patients’ Insurer

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TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced that an unlicensed former doctor and her husband were indicted today for billing a medical insurance company more than $172,000 for treatments that were not rendered to patients. Lynda Stambaugh-Lupo, 52, and Michael Lupo, 61, both of Jackson, were charged by the state grand jury with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree health care claims fraud and second-degree theft by deception. Stambaugh-Lupo was also charged with third-degree practice of medicine by an unlicensed person. OIFP is alleging that during the…

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Appeals Panel Dismisses Malicious Prosecution Lawsuit Against State; Rules DCJ Members Who Prosecuted Candidate Have Immunity

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TRENTON – A Superior Court Appellate panel today ordered a malicious prosecution lawsuit brought against the State by former Atlantic City mayoral candidate Marty Small dismissed after ruling that three Deputy Attorneys General and two detectives who pursued a voter fraud case against him are entitled to immunity from such claims. In ruling in favor of the State and dismissing the lawsuit brought by Small and his former campaign consultant, Thomas Quirk, the Appellate panel reversed a lower court decision and invoked a previously-articulated Supreme Court concern about the potential impact that “harassment by unfounded…

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New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Files Action Against Cumberland County Used Car Dealership for Alleged Consumer Fraud and Advertising Violations

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NEWARK – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has filed suit against AutoSource Group, LLC, a used car dealership located in Vineland, alleging, among other things, a failure to disclose prior motor vehicle damage or prior fleet use of motor vehicles to consumers, and a failure to honor warranties. The State’s seven-count complaint, filed in State Superior Court in Cumberland County, alleges that AutoSource Group violated the Consumer Fraud Act, the Automotive Sales Regulations, the Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations and the Used Car Lemon Law and related regulations. The State seeks consumer restitution, reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs,…

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ExxonMobil to Pay Historic Environmental Settlement In Addition To Site Clean-Up & Remediation Costs

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TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that ExxonMobil has agreed to pay the State $225 million to resolve its liability for damage to the environment and injury to natural resources caused by contamination from its refinery operations in Bayonne and Linden, as well as from company service stations and other facilities located throughout New Jersey. The proposed settlement, which still must undergo a 30-day public comment period and be approved by a Superior Court Judge, represents the single largest environmental settlement with a corporate defendant in New Jersey…

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Garrett Stands with New Jersey Residents Against President Obama’s Unconstitutional Amnesty

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05), issued the following statement today after voting to end President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty: “Over seven weeks ago, the House stood with the American people by voting to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, and to put an immediate stop to President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.  It was my hope that Senate Democrats would stop performing political gymnastics and answer repeated calls from the House to come to Conference with this bill so we could work on a deal in the best interest of our constituents.  …

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New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Reaches $360,000 Settlement with Fair Lawn Based Moving Company

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NEWARK – Under the terms of the Final Consent Judgment that concluded a lawsuit filed in State Superior Court in Bergen County, the owner of Moving Max, Inc., a moving and storage company based in Fair Lawn, and the owner’s father, are permanently barred from owning or working in such businesses in New Jersey.  In addition, as part of the settlement, 18 consumers who complained that their possessions were held until they paid substantially higher moving costs than agreed to, will be reimbursed for their losses. Consumers who filed complaints with the Division alleged that Moving Max, Inc.,  offered artificially…

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New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Cites 19 Unlicensed Movers Following Undercover Sting Operation

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Partnership with ICE Results in Several Arrests – Including Moving Company Worker with Prior Conviction for Sexual Abuse of a Minor NEWARK – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs is citing 19 unlicensed moving companies with violating state law, and assessing civil penalties of up to $2,500 each, as the result of an undercover sting operation. Under the Division’s partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the sting also resulted in the arrest of several moving company employees o allegedly were in the United States in violation of law.  – including one who had previous criminal convictions for…

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Fifth District Mobile Constituent Service Office Hours – March 2015

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Glen Rock, NJ – Congressman Garrett’s Fifth District STAFF will be available at the following locations during the month of March: March 3, 2015 Closter: 9:30 am to 11:30 am Closter Public Library 280 High Street Closter, NJ   March 5, 2015 River Vale: 9:30 am to 11:30 am Municipal Building 406 River Vale Road River Vale, NJ   West Milford: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Borough Hall 1480 Union Valley Road West Milford, NJ   March 11, 2015 Mahwah: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Mahwah Senior Center 475 Corporate Drive Mahwah, NJ Hackensack: 11:45…

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MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING $243,000 BY FRAUDULENTLY COLLECTING HIS FATHER’S SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR 29 YEARS AFTER THE FATHER DIED

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Father accrued benefits under a false name, so those benefits continued after he died TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Gloucester County man was indicted today for allegedly stealing more than $243,000 by fraudulently collecting Social Security benefits for his father for 29 years after the father died.  The father had worked a second job using a false name and a second Social Security number he obtained in that name. When the father died, the son continued to collect benefits paid in connection with that false identity, for which no death was reported.[coupon couponid="5071" coupon_align="cctor_alignright"…

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New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Announces New Online Self-Exclusion Registration Option

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Atlantic City, NJ – February 20, 2015 -   Today the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced a new feature in their responsible gaming initiatives. Now individuals who seek to voluntarily self-exclude themselves from online gaming in New Jersey can do so from the Division’s website at www.njdge.org. The Self-Exclusion Registration service is also accessible at https://www.njportal.com/DGE/selfexclusion. On the website, there is detailed information about the voluntary Self-Exclusion program. Once people are informed about self-exclusion and agree to all the information presented, they will then be asked a series of questions to verify their identity. Individuals must also choose between…

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