Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Presents at Hometown Security Seminar

On July 31, 2019, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) in partnership with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph Township Police Department, and the County College of Morris held a Hometown Security Seminar in Dragonetti Auditorium at the County College of Morris. Speakers included New Jersey State Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Randolph Township Chief of Police David Stokoe, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Director of Critical Infrastructure Patrick Owens, and members of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

The NJOHSP Hometown Security Initiative was created in 2016 with the goal of providing businesses, residents, and community leaders with important information and resources to improve community security. Topics that were covered in the program included Facility Assessments and Protective Measures, Recognizing and Reporting Suspicious Activity, Active Shooter Preparedness, and Preparedness Tools and Resources for the Community. Following the various informational sessions, a question and answer session was held for the over 50 community leaders in attendance.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “Preparation plays an enormous role in the security of our community. I would like to thank the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and all of our local law enforcement partners for hosting a beneficial and educational event for Morris County residents”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Presents at Hometown Security Seminar
From left: Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, Morris County Freeholder Heather Darling, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, and NJ State Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Presents at Hometown Security Seminar
Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Zelante
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Presents at Hometown Security Seminar
MCPO Director of Critical Infrastructure Patrick Owens

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Mount Olive Man Indicted on Insurance Fraud and Tax Related Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker announce the Indictment of Afamefuna Nwandu, age 33, of Mt. Olive, New Jersey, on various Insurance Fraud and Tax related charges.

Mr. Nwandu was employed as a financial adviser by Morgan Stanley in New York City from July 1, 2016 to September 25, 2016. On March 12, 2017, Mr. Nwandu applied for New Jersey unemployment benefits using the online application where he submitted altered documentation (Pay Stubs) in support of his claim for benefits. From March 2017 to September 2017, Mr. Nwandu fraudulently collected $17,602.00 in unemployment benefits from the State of New Jersey. On May 20, 2018, he reapplied for New Jersey unemployment benefits from May 2018 to June 2018 where he also fraudulently received $2,043 in benefits. During an unemployment hearing for this claim with the New Jersey Department of Labor, Mr. Nwandu falsely testified about the location of his employment with Morgan Stanley and provided additional misleading statements and fraudulent documents to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor in support of his claim for benefits. The defendant was originally charged on January 16, 2019, on the Insurance Fraud related charges and was subsequently charged with the Tax related charges on May 31, 2019.

The defendant has been Indicted with the following offenses:

• 2 counts of Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a, a crime of the Third degree;
• 1 count of Forgery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1a(2), a crime of the Third degree;
• 1 count of Forgery-Uttering, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1a(3), a crime of the Third degree;
• 1 count of Failure to Pay Taxes, in violation of in violation of N.J.S.A. 54:52-9a, a crime of the Third degree;
• 3 counts of Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns, in violation of in violation of N.J.S.A. 54:52-10, a crime of the Third degree; and
• 1 count of Preparation of Fraudulent Tax Return, in violation of in violation of N.J.S.A. 54:52-11, a crime of the Third degree.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes, Fraud Unit; New York Department of Labor,  New Jersey Department of Labor, and New Jersey Treasury Office of Criminal Investigation whose efforts contributed to the investigation of this case.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Participates in Prayerfest at Christ Church in Rockaway Township

On July 26, 2019, Detective Supervisor Spence Osaigbovo represented the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at Prayerfest 2019, held at Christ Church in Rockaway Township. He joined Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Sheriff’s Officers Kayla Santos and Travis Somerville, and Rockaway Township Chief of Police Martin McParland as special guests at the event.

Prayerfest is a one-day festival held at Christ Church in which hundreds of members of the congregation come together for a day of prayer and healing. Detective Supervisor Osaigbovo and the other members of law enforcement in attendance were introduced to the congregation during the “Call to Our Community” section of the program by Christ Church Lead Pastor Dr. David Ireland.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “Christ Church is an important community partner of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies. We will continue to work closely with houses of worship throughout Morris County”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Participates in Prayerfest at Christ Church in Rockaway Township
Back row from left: Rockaway Township Mayor Michael Puzio, Rockaway Township Chief of Police Martin McParland, MCPO Detective Supervisor Spence Osaigbovo, Sheriff Gannon, and MCSO Officer Travis Somerville.
Front row from left: MCSO Officer Kayla Santos, NJ Deputy Attorney General Bryn Whittle, Christ Church Director of Community Affairs Erika Gerena, and Dover Mayor James Dodd with other Community Leaders.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.