Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Four New Hires

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. announce the hiring and swearing in of four new employees at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The new employees will fill three Assistant Prosecutor positions and one Detective position.

The following personnel have been hired and sworn in:

  • Assistant Prosecutor Robert Graber will be assigned to the Pre-Trial Services Unit. AP Graber completed his undergraduate studies at The College of New Jersey in June of 2014, and went on to graduate from the Seton Hall University School of Law in May of 2017. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk with the Honorable Joseph A. Portelli J.S.C., in the Passaic County Superior Court Criminal Division.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Four New Hires
From left to right: Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, AP Graber, and Judge Stuart Minkowitz.
  • Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Kelly will be assigned to the Juvenile Unit. He graduated from the Seton Hall University School of Law in May of 2017, following his undergraduate studies at St. John’s University. AP Kelly served as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Wayne J. Forrest J.S.C., in the Mercer County Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Four New Hires
From left to right: Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, AP Kelly, and Judge Wayne Forrest.
  • Assistant Prosecutor Jessica Sparano will be assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. AP Sparano completed her undergraduate studies at The College of New Jersey in May of 2014, and continued her education at The George Washington University Law School, where she graduated from in May of 2017. She served as a Judicial Law Clerk with the Honorable David F. Bauman J.S.C., the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division in Monmouth County.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Four New Hires
From left to right: Sparano Family, First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, AP Sparano, and Judge Stephen Taylor.
  • Detective Ashley Gonzalez will be assigned to the Pre-Trial Services Unit within the Courts and Administration Division. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State University and went on to Monmouth University to complete her Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Gonzalez served as a police officer for the Rutgers University Police Department, New Brunswick division, for three years.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Four New Hires
From left to right: First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, Detective Gonzalez and Family, Judge Stephen Taylor, and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “We at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are excited to have these four extremely qualified join our ranks. Their past educations and experiences have prepared Assistant Prosecutors Graber, Kelly, and Sparano, and Detective Gonzalez to excel in their new roles. I know that they will serve Morris County with distinction in their future endeavors”.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Four New Hires
From left to right: First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, AP Sparano, AP Graber, AP Kelly, Detective Gonzalez, and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.

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

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Arrest of Man on Theft Related Charges

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. announce the arrest of Pedro Lopez-Hernandez, age 38, of Morristown, New Jersey, on various Theft related charges.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (“MARTA”) was the victim of a business email scheme. MARTA received false invoice instructions, in a compromised email, from a known vendor’s account instructing payments to be made to an updated Bank of America account. Based on this fraudulent email, MARTA made two (2) payments totaling $399,024.63. The investigation determined these monies were deposited into Lopez-Hernandez’ Bank of America account. The defendant is not an employee or in any way associated with the victim or the vendor, Numbers Only. The defendant subsequently depleted the account in its entirety using cash withdrawals and wire transfers.

The defendant has been charged with the following offenses:

• 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7, a crime of the Second degree;
• 1 count of Theft by Deception, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, a crime of the Second degree;
• 1 count of Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity, i.e. Money Laundering, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25B(2)(B), a crime of the Second degree; and
• 1 count of Conspiracy to commit Theft by Deception, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1) and 2C:20-4, a crime of the Second degree.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes, Financial Crimes Unit; Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Unit and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Division of Police Services whose efforts contributed to the investigation of this case.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this defendant is presumed innocent until he is 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 Hosts Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony

Morris County’s annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony was held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the Morris County September 11th Memorial in Parsippany. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. joined firemen, police officers, and EMTs from various Morris County municipalities for approximately one hour while the memories of the nearly 3,000 people lost on September 11, 2001, including 64 from Morris County, were honored.

Will Jimeno, a resident of Chester and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer, was the keynote speaker for the event. On September 11, 2001, Mr. Jimeno was trapped in the rubble below the South Tower of the World Trade Center with his Port Authority Police Department partner, Sgt. John McLoughlin. Although he believed he was facing imminent death below the ruins of the Towers, his desire to live for his family and fallen fellow officers allowed Will to survive the day. He continues to serve as an inspiration in the Morris County community.

The ceremony honored all of the lives lost on that fateful day, but had a special focus on the 64 Morris County residents who lost their lives in the attacks. Morris County Freeholder Christine Meyers read each of the 64 names, while Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo rang a bell in remembrance of each person. These victims have a permanent place at the Morris County Memorial, as their names are etched into plaques fixed along the monument.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “This was a beautiful service hosted by the county. Will Jimeno’s story is an inspiration to us all, and we are honored to have such an impressive man as a member of the Morris County community. We will always hold the approximately 3,000 people, especially those 64 citizens of Morris County, who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in our hearts”.

Morris County Hosts Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony
From left to right: Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Will Jimeno, and Morris County Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.

Morris County Hosts Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony

Morris County Hosts Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony

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