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Former city worker gets probation for $20K federal housing fraud scheme


Source: nj.com) NEWARK -- The wife of an ex-Bayonne police officer who beat a handcuffed man was sentenced today to one year of probation for her part in a scheme to illegally obtain a $20,000 federal housing loan.

Rose Lillo fought back tears as she apologized to U.S District Court Judge Kevin McNulty and pleaded to be allowed to stay with her family.

"I have never asked anyone for anything in my 45 years," Lillo said. "My husband and my daughter are my life," she said.

Earlier this year, Lillo, the wife of ex-Bayonne police officer Domenico Lillo, admitted that she helped make a to false application to obtain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds.

In April 2012, Rose Lillo and her husband helped a relative file a loan application with Bayonne's Department of Community Development, an agency that receives federal money, authorities say.

They said the application falsely claimed the relative, who had Social Security and pension income of $24,985 annually, would be the sole resident of a house they purchased on West 49th Street. The relative's income level made him eligible for the federal loan, authorities said.

The Lillos moved into the newly purchased home, while the relative remained in the couple's prior home... Read More
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FBI raids Orange City Hall in ongoing fraud investigation

ORANGE -- FBI agents raided Orange City Hall on Wednesday morning and the building was shut down as the investigation into alleged fraud and money laundering continues to unfold.

A sign on the front door said the building would be closed temporarily "due to unforeseen circumstances." A federal agent was guarding the doorway and would not let reporters enter the building.

"This morning, a search warrant executed by the FBI in the City of Orange Township," city spokesman Keith Royster said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. "City Hall is closed Wednesday, but will be open tomorrow morning, January 12 at 8:30 a.m. The City is cooperating with authorities."

Royster said Mayor Dwayne Warren closed city hall "in order to give the authorities unfettered access to the building.

The FBI and IRS confirmed the agencies are conducting official business at city hall, but would not provide any further details. Agents from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General were also seen at city hall Wednesday.

An official was seen taking photographs of the municipal building's exterior.

At least four unmarked federal law enforcement vehicles were in the city hall employee parking lot. It was not immediately clear what documents the agents were seeking... Read More
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