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Englewood Cliffs Couple charged with Defrauding Two Law Firms And Their Clients Of $5 Million


Englewood Cliffs Couple charged with Defrauding Two Law Firms And Their Clients Of $5 MillionAgents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested Keila Ravelo, 49, and Melvin Feliz, 50, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, this morning on a complaint charging them with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They are scheduled to make their initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.

Bergen County Politics: 15 People to Watch in 2015


Bergen County Politics: 15 People to Watch in  2015 As 2014 comes to a close we look forward to a New Year, new administration and new stories about the people who will make headlines in Bergen County politics in 2015. Here are the Bergen Dispatch’s top picks of people to watch for in 2015.

Union Workers Rally Against Cleaning Contractor Ahead Of Federal Action


Union Workers Rally Against Cleaning Contractor Ahead Of Federal ActionContracted cleaners at the East Rutherford landmark high-rise where major tenants include: Public Relations Firm MWW+, American Dream Meadowlands/ Triple Five, AEGIS, Hudson News and Michael Kors were joined on Thursday by community allies and union members to deliver the formal complaint by the National Labor Relations Board to the cleaning contractor, Eastern Essential Services to demand they get reinstated.

Menendez: Policy Announcement On Cuba Is ‘Misguided’


Menendez: Policy Announcement On Cuba Is ‘Misguided’Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued a statement regarding the U.S. – Cuba relationship. “It is a fallacy that Cuba will reform just because the American President believes that if he extends his hand in peace that the Castro brothers suddenly will unclench their fists"

President Obama Visits New Jersey Joint Military Base [Video]


President Obama Visits New Jersey Joint Military Base [Video]On Monday, President Obama addressed about 3,000 service members and civilians at U.S. military members and civilian personnel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst houses more than 38,000 people, including active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel; their families; and a civilian workforce.

Bergen NAACP Joins March Against Police Violence In Washington DC [Photos]


Bergen NAACP Joins March Against Police Violence In Washington DC [Photos]Anthony Cureton, president of the Bergen County chapter of the NAACP and a group of about two dozen local members joined the thousands in Washington, D.C. at the National March against Police Violence on December 13, 2014. Protesters chanting "I can't breathe!" -- "Hands up, don't shoot!" and waving signs reading "Black lives matter!" marched across the U.S. on Saturday. Organizers said that as many as 25,000 had shown up at the march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.

Forum Connects Bergen Commuters With Decision Makers At Port Authority And NJ Transit


Forum Connects Bergen Commuters With Decision Makers At Port Authority And NJ TransitAbout 30 Bergen County commuters attended a second forum held by State Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson in Teaneck on Thursday night. Bus and rail riders came face to face with officials of both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New Jersey Transit.  An earlier forum was held in June and audience members offered high praise for changes that were put in place, almost immediately, after that meeting and have reduced long lines and commute times, for some.

Vacancy On Bergen Freeholder Board Puts Racial Diversity In The Spotlight


Vacancy On Bergen Freeholder Board Puts Racial Diversity In The SpotlightSources confirm that Roy Cho has taken himself out of the running to fill the seat on the Bergen County Freeholder Board that will become vacant when Jim Tedesco is sworn in as County Executive in January.  After Tedesco takes the oath of office as Bergen County Executive the Democratic Party’s County Committee members will meet to pick a replacement for Tedesco.

New Jersey Gets Good Marks On Child Homelessness But Much Room For Improvement


New Jersey Gets Good Marks On Child Homelessness But Much Room For ImprovementChances are you won’t see one of the nation’s fastest growing homeless populations camped out on a park bench or queuing up at a local shelter. One in 30 of American children is homeless—an all-time high of 2.5 million. These kids are often invisible, crashing with their families on friends’ couches, sleeping in all-night diners or hopping from motel to motel from week to week.

In Hackensack, Bergen County’s Oldest Church Getting By On A Prayer


In Hackensack, Bergen County’s Oldest Church Getting By On A PrayerIn the shadow of the construction of the $147 million Bergen County Justice Center stands an all but forgotten monument that has served its City, County and Country for over 325 years. Today, Hackensack’s First Dutch Reformed Church, also known as the Church on the Green, continues to serve the community as it has done since its founding in 1686. The church is the oldest church in Bergen County.


Local NAACP Chapters Issue Statement Denouncing Acts Of Violence

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The Bergen County, Passaic and Paterson local chapters of the NAACP issued a statement denouncing acts of violence. “We join the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in denouncing any acts of violence against police officers connected with the names of their loved ones.”

Nearly $1 Million Stolen In Washington Twp Jewelry Store Robbery

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On Sunday night sometime after 10pm thieves cut a hole in the roof of the Pascack Road jewelry store and made off with close to $1 million worth of goods according to police sources.

Poll: Clinton Double Digit Lead Over Christie With New Jersey Voters

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In a hypothetical 2016 head-to-head matchup between Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New Jersey voters continue to give Clinton a double-digit lead, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Forty-nine percent of registered voters say they would support Clinton over Christie, while 39 percent back Christie. The gap between the two has remained around 10 points through much of the past year.

Former Home Health Aide Admits to Falsely Billing Medicaid for Medical Services in No-Show Scam

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Anatoli Rountsev, 52, of Totowa, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree health care claims fraud before Bergen County Superior Court Judge Edward Jerejian. As part of the plea agreement, the State recommended that he serve three years in state prison and pay restitution in the amount of $12,598. His sentencing is scheduled for March 27, 2015.

Englewood Cliffs Couple charged with Defrauding Two Law Firms And Their Clients Of $5 Million

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Agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested Keila Ravelo, 49, and Melvin Feliz, 50, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, this morning on a complaint charging them with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They are scheduled to make their initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.

Christie Wants Obama to Push Cuba to Return New Jersey Trooper’s Killer

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On Friday, Governor Christie sent President Obama a letter and engaged the White House urging the president to demand the Cuban government immediately return convicted cop-killer and escaped fugitive Joanne Chesimard to New Jersey to face justice before any further consideration of normalized relations with the Cuban government is made

NJ Supreme Court Finds Pregnant Woman Addicted To Drugs, Who Sought Treatment, Did Not Abuse Child Born With Addiction

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“The reasoning of the Appellate Division creates a perverse disincentive for a pregnant woman to seek medical help and enter a bona fide detoxification treatment program that will address her and her baby’s health needs” wrote Justice Albin in the unanimous decision of New Jersey Supreme Court.

Fair Lawn Police seek shoplifter who struck CVS employee

Police are looking for the man they say struck a CVS employee in the face while trying to shoplift Vicks cold medication

'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30,000, Lodi police say

Two men armed with shotguns on Sunday robbed a Lodi strip club of $30,000 police said

Teaneck 13-year-old strikes father with frying pan, report says

A 13-year-old struck his father Saturday afternoon with a frying pan in a fight over Christmas decorations

As Mercedes-Benz considers leaving N.J., state legislators, officials scramble to act

Mercedes-Benz has hired commercial real estate juggernaut CBRE Group, Inc. to help it find a new home as it considers leaving New Jersey, according to sources with direct knowledge of the action

Police ID 20-year-old man killed crossing Route 3 after UConn game

Another Connecticut man was also injured in the crash, police say
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