Media / Press
Don't Fall Victim to Fake IRS Telephone Scam
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Newark — Sheriff Armando Fontoura today issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. Sheriff Fontoura stated that numerous local residents have contacted our department to report callers, many of whom identify themselves as Essex County sheriff’s officers, who demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing your private information. “These people are con artists who can sound convincing when they call,” Fontoura said. “The scam artists may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the Internal Revenue Service or our department is calling you. They use fake names and bogus IRS or police identification badge numbers. The scammers frequently claim that they possess an arrest warrant for their victims if they fail to pay immediately. Do not be deceived by these threatening phone calls.”
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Wanted Suspect Arrested on New Drug Charges
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Newark – A city man was arrested Monday morning and charged with multiple drug offenses following a run-in with Essex County sheriff’s officers on Saturday. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from his department’s Patrol Division were actively seeking Robert Botts, age 53, of Newark after the suspect fled from them during a motor vehicle stop on Saturday evening. Fontoura said his officers pulled Botts over in the area of South Orange Avenue and South 9th Street for questioning because the older model Volkswagon Passat he was operating matched the description of a vehicle wanted in multiple recent armed robberies.
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Reward Offer in Liquor Store Homicide
Friday, 27 March 2015
Newark – Sheriff Armando Fontoura today announced the posting of a cash reward offer in the murder of Amit Patel. Sheriff Fontoura stated that his department’s Crimestoppers program will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
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Distracted Driving Enforcement Initiative to Begin April 1st
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Newark – Sheriff Armando Fontoura today advised local motorists that officers from his department will conduct distracted Driver Enforcement Operations throughout all of Essex County’s 22 municipalities from April 1st through April 21st. Sheriff Fontoura said this initiative has been funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and it is being undertaken to prevent further deaths and injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
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Reward Offer in Retired Firefighter's Death
Friday, 20 March 2015
Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Irvington Police are investigating the death of 88-year-old Donald Dreher. Yesterday at approximately 11:22 a.m. Dreher, a retired firefighter, was found dead in his home in the 700 block of 18th Avenue when Irvington Police officers made a welfare check.
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