Category: Moorestown

Maryland Troopers Thank Jersey Troopers for Capturing Suspect Wanted for Injuring Maryland State Trooper, In Mount Laurel Twp.

Troopers seized an AR-15 rifle, two 9mm handguns, a high-capacity magazine, hollow point ammunition, $20,000 worth of marijuana, $2,500 worth of THC wax, $30,000 worth of fentanyl, $5,000 worth of xanax pills, $8,000 worth of oxycontin pills, $6,031 cash, and fraudulent medical marijuana labels.


Mount Laurel, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Last week, Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Jon Stoltzfus and Senior Trooper Michael Kemp visited New Jersey State Police Troop “D” Moorestown Station to thank NJSP troopers for arresting the suspect responsible for injuring TFC Stoltzfus during a motor vehicle pursuit in Maryland. Despite sustaining a leg injury, TFC Stolzfus made the trip to personally thank the Jersey troopers for their efforts during the arrest and subsequent investigation

On June 15, Moorestown Station troopers were alerted by dispatch of a box truck towing a passenger vehicle that was being pursued by Maryland State Troopers northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike. The driver of the vehicle, Benjamin Rivard, 26, of Orlando, FL, was wanted in connection to a drug investigation and assault on a Maryland State Trooper.

Within minutes, troopers located the vehicle traveling northbound near milepost 22.5. Using lights and sirens, troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Rivard refused to stop and continued driving erratically. In the area of milepost 38.4, troopers disabled the vehicle and Rivard fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, troopers located and arrested Rivard in a nearby business complex on Briggs Road in Mount Laurel Township, Burlington County.

Benjamin Rivard was charged with eluding and resisting arrest. He was lodged at the Burlington County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing.

During the ongoing investigation, troopers determined that Rivard had been in possession of multiple firearms and narcotics. On June 17, troopers executed a search warrant on the box truck and passenger vehicle. As a result, troopers seized an AR-15 rifle, two 9mm handguns, a high-capacity magazine, hollow point ammunition, $20,000 worth of marijuana, $2,500 worth of THC wax, $30,000 worth of fentanyl, $5,000 worth of xanax pills, $8,000 worth of oxycontin pills, $6,031 cash, and fraudulent medical marijuana labels.

Benjamin Rivard was also charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of a weapon during a CDS offense, unlawful possession of a weapon, certain person not permitted to possess a firearm, possession of hollow point ammunition, possession of extended magazine, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property, and forgery.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.



An internet search has revealed that this is not the first time Mr. Rivard from Orlando, FL has been in trouble with the law. This is from a 2017 Orange County Sheriff’s Office press release posted on their website.

Moorestown, Burlington County Man Gets Over 5 Years In Prison For Defrauding Investors Of Over $1.5 Million

June 9, 2021

A Burlington County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 65 months in prison for defrauding several investors of more than $1.5 million, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Brett Cooper, 44, of Moorestown, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of money laundering. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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

Cooper and two other individuals created a “high-yield bank scheme” and solicited investments from multiple investors, telling them that they could double or triple their initial investments in 60 to 90 days. Cooper set up several shell companies, including a company he named Peninsula Water Development and another named Dream Holdings, and he had the investors wire money to bank accounts that he had set up for these shell companies. Cooper admitted that he never invested any of the money and that he transferred the money to his personal accounts used it to pay his living expenses and for other personal expenditures. Cooper also wired some of the money from the investors to two other conspirators. A total of eight victims lost money due to Cooper’s fraudulent scheme.

Cooper was previously found liable for damages related to the fraud scheme in a civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In the civil case, Cooper was ordered to pay over $2 million in damages and fines in November 2015.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Cooper to three years of supervised and fined him $25,000. Restitution will be determined at a late date.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited agents with IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez in Newark; and attorneys and investigators for the Securities and Exchange Commission, under the direction of Division of Enforcement Director Stephanie Avakian, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Askin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Camden Office.

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Defense counsel: Edward Crisinino Esq., Haddon Township, New Jersey