01/24/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2023 17:00
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal grand jury indicted a Brooklyn, New York, man for transporting stolen jewelry across state lines, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
Tony Newton, 63, of Brooklyn, New York, is charged by indictment with two counts of interstate transportation of stolen goods. Newton was charged by criminal complaint in July 2022 for transporting stolen jewelry from a store located in a shopping center in Edison, New Jersey, to Brooklyn, and is detained.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On June 1, 2022, and July 16, 2022, Newton transported stolen jewelry across state lines from Middlesex County, New Jersey, and Union County, New Jersey, respectively, to New York.
Each count of interstate transportation of stolen goods is punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited FBI Newark's Transnational Organized Crime Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; the Union County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Prosecutor William Daniel, officers of the Edison Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Tom Bryan; and officers of the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Director Earl Graves and Chief Giacomo Sacca, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked officers of the Suffolk County, New York, Police Department and the Milford, Connecticut, Police Department for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Farhana C. Melo of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.