Day: April 19, 2022

Amtrak Employee Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Defrauding Amtrak of $76K Worth of Chainsaws and Parts

April 19, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – An Ocean County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining chainsaws and chainsaw parts from his employer Amtrak and then selling this equipment for personal profit, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Jose Rodriguez, 49, of Brick, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Zahid N. Quraishi to an information charging him with one count of mail fraud. Judge Quraishi imposed the sentence today

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Rodriguez had been an Amtrak employee since October 2007, most recently as a senior engineer and repairman, based out of an Amtrak facility in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Between March 2012 and July 2020, Rodriguez obtained approximately 114 chainsaws, 122 chainsaw replacement bars, and 222 replacement chains from Amtrak, the total value of which was over $76,000, under the false pretense that this equipment would be used for Amtrak projects, but then sold the equipment either on an online auction service or directly to purchasers. Rodriguez used the U.S. Postal Service to mail the stolen chainsaw and chainsaw parts to purchasers throughout the United States, including purchasers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Quraishi sentenced Rodriguez to three years of supervised release and ordered restitution of $76,379 and forfeiture of $53,381.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited detectives from Amtrak Police New York Division and Mid-Atlantic Division, under the direction of Chief Sam Dotson, and special agents from Amtrak Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Waters, Eastern Field Office, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Faye Schwartz in the Special Prosecutions Division and Cari Fais, Chief of the Criminal Division’s Opioids Unit.


Defense counsel: Severiano E. Lisboa Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey

2 Reported Shot in Hamilton Township on Lalor Street

April 19, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:13 a.m. Hamilton Fire Department, RWJ EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were detailed to the 500 Block of Lalor Street for a gunshot victim. A few moments later Trenton Police Department reported that they were on location and had two people shot 1 male and 1 female at the scene.

EMS reported that they had 2 victims, both shot in the head and neck and were calling the hospital for a “Trauma Alert” Two victims were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

This is a breaking news report and once further information becomes available the story will be updated.