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Jury awards ex-Ocean City cop $750,000 for nearly deadly beer

A nearly deadly beer draft will cost a restaurant and beer supplier three-quarters of a million dollars. Former Ocean City Police Lt. Richard Washart sued after suffering physical and emotional injuries from a beer that contained residual clean solution. On Friday, an Atlantic County jury awarded him $750,000 in damages. The retired police officer was out celebrating at McCormick & Schmick’s in Harrah’s Atlantic City, on Nov. 6, 2012, when he ordered a Blue Moon beer. The
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Former Atlantic City firefighter admits to role in prescription fraud

A 10-year veteran of the Atlantic City Fire Department became the first public employee to plead guilty in a far-reaching prescription-fraud scheme. Mike Pepper, who resigned less than two weeks ago, admitted to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in Camden Federal Court on Friday. He was the fifth person to plead guilty in the multimillion case that allegedly used doctors to sign prescriptions for compound creams that would then be written under the names
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Linwood pharmaceutical rep, Philly man first to plead in multimillion dollar prescription-fraud case

Two men have pleaded guilty in a multimillion health care fraud scheme using doctors to prescribe expensive compounds and then recruiting public employees to join in the illegal venture. Matthew Tedesco, 42, a pharmaceutical representative from Linwood, made more than $11 million leading the conspiracy. He pleaded guilty in Camden federal court, becoming the first conviction in a long, wide-spread investigation that included federal subpoenas for Margate, Ventnor and Atlantic City. Robert Bessey, 43, of
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Man charged in drug-induced death already indicted four times

An Egg Harbor Township man charged with causing the 2016 overdose death another township man already had three indictable drug arrests before he allegedly made the fatal sale, court records show. But, Jamal Campos was still set to go into drug court, his attorney, John Maher, told the judge during a detention hearing Thursday. That’s despite a fourth arrest last September and — according to court records — two bench warrants from missed court dates.
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Kauffman makes brief court appearance

The weapons charge against Dr. James Kauffman is headed to a grand jury. The Egg Harbor Township doctor who pulled a gun when detectives came to his office with a search warrant in June had a brief court appearance Tuesday. There have been no offers made in the case. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has until Sept. 13 to get an indictment, said attorney Patrick Joyce, who was representing Kauffman while attorney Ed Jacobs in
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Cousins guilty of conspiring to kill man, but not for his killing

Two cousins were convicted of conspiring to murder a Vineland man, but acquitted of murdering him by an Atlantic County jury this week. Vincent Williams was pronounced dead July 3, 2014, after State Police from the Buena Vista station were called to 9th Street in Buena Vista Township for a man lying in road with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Hykeem Martin was arrested Jan. 30, 2015, and charged with murder and conspiracy to
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Ex-Ventnor man gets five years in prison for scheming women while on supervised release for same crime

A former Ventnor man convicted of scheming women out of thousands was sentenced to 60 months in prison Wednesday for violating conditions of his federal supervised release — to continue defrauding women. Patrick Giblin, 53, was not allowed to leave the state as part of his release in 2014, when he went to Albany, New York, getting money from 10 women in various states for losses of $15,000 to $40,000, according to the charges. Atlantic
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Driver found guilty of vehicular homicide in 2014 crash that killed teen

The fatal 2014 crash that killed a Linwood teen was not accident, the prosecutor told jurors Monday. “It was a crime.” It took the jurors less than two hours of deliberations to agree. Nicholas Garreffi was found guilty of vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto in the Aug. 30, 2014 crash. Garreffi was on alprazolam – more commonly known as Xanax – when he crossed the center lane of Route 40 in
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Experts disagree on whether drug played part in fatal 2014 Hamilton Township crash

Experts testifying at a vehicular trial disagreed on whether the drug in a driver’s system would likely have contributed to a 2014 fatal crash. Nicholas Garreffi, 42, allegedly had the equivalent of 2.4 to 3.4 milligrams of alprazolam — commonly known as Xanax — in his system when he crossed the center line on Rout 40 in Hamilton Township, sideswiped a box truck and then struck a car with five teenage girls inside, according to
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Teammates driving with teen killed testify in court

Madelyn Williscroft thought the truck would swerve out of her lane. But as she drove her sister and three other teens west on Route 40 heading to a charity soccer tournament they were competing in at St. Augustine in Richland, the eastbound truck continuing coming at them from the oncoming lane. So she quickly cut right, hoping to get out of the truck’s path. But Nicholas Garreffi struck the car on the back driver’s side
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