15 charged in New Jersey unemployment fraud case
TRENTON, N.J. - June 19, 2013 (WPVI) -- A total of 15 people have been charged in an false unemployment claim scheme, the New Jersey Attorney General's office announced on Wednesday.
Investigators released the results of "Operation April Fools," in which the suspects allegedly defrauded the state of nearly $700,000.
According to investigators, the ringleader was 48-year-old Todd Halpern of Livingston.
Halpern, and his co-defendants, would allegedly file false records to back up unemployment insurance claims.
Those claims would cite work at nine area businesses and payment into the unemployment fund, the attorney general said, and eight of those businesses were unaware of the activity.
Halpern, who ran a tax preparation business in recent years, pleaded guilty to federal charges of tax and wire fraud on June 5th.
Investigators say Halpern used his proceeds to buy season tickets to the New York Giants, jewelry, and high-end vehicles including a Cadillac Escalade, Lexus GX-470 and classic 1957 Chevy Bel Air.
Those charged are:
1. Todd P. Halpern, 48, of Livingston;
2. George J. Halpern, 74, of Short Hills;
3. Jack B. Chesner, 81, of Morris Plains;
4. Miriam Chesner, 78, of Morris Plains;
5. David Altman, 42, of Plainfield;
6. Manuel Cruz, 28, of Union City;
7. Henry Ford, 54, of Plainfield;
8. Dario Gomez, 43, of Newark;
9. Augustin Gomez, 29, of Jersey City;
10. Alexis Leguizamon, 41, of Jersey City;
11. Garry Lloyd, 58, of Williamstown;
12. Andres Lopez III, 41, of Lyndhurst;
13. Osiris Perez, 44, of Bronx, N.Y.;
14. Chalin E. Romero, 24, of Union City;
15. Edgard Torres, 49, of North Bergen.
new jersey, fraud, local/state
- Malaysia loses contact with plane carrying 239 4 min ago
- Get ready for a break from the winter chill
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- West Philadelphia body ID'd as missing woman
- 1 arrested, 1 sought after cop hit by car in Delco
- ID theft warrant leads to pot bust in Hamilton Twp.
- Boyfriend arrested in Gloucester Co. murder
- Mom who drove minivan into ocean charged
- Gun falls out of sock, kills thrift store worker
- Chaput, Nutter, Corbett announce Vatican trip
- 3 arrests in Cumberland Co. arsons
- UPenn's Foal Cam gives LIVE view into horse's birth
- Photos: Arrests in warrant sweep, jewel theft, more