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For Stealing from 90-Year-Old Friend with Dementia, Essex County Man Gets 5 Years in Jail

For Stealing from 90-Year-Old Friend with Dementia, Essex County Man Gets 5 Years in Jail
BY ZACH HOSSEINI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced today that an East Orange man was sentenced to five years in state prison for stealing $50,000 from a fellow resident of a senior citizens home, coercing his dementia-stricken 90-year-old neighbor and friend into withdrawing the money from an annuity account as the state Office of the Public Guardian for the Elderly began protecting the victim’s finances.

Gilbert Vaughn, 64, was sentenced by Essex County Superior Court Judge Michael L. Ravin in Newark. In addition to his prison sentence, Vaughn was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $50,000. In September, Vaughn pleaded guilty to charges that in August 2013 he began to coerce the victim to withdraw money he held in an annuity from Western National Insurance Company, a subsidiary of American International Group (AIG). A withdrawal in the amount of $50,000 was made before AIG froze the account.

 

National Campaign Launched to Save Revolutionary War Battlefields

National Campaign Launched to Save Revolutionary War Battlefields
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

PRINCETON – Nearly 240 years after the "shot heard 'round the world" signaled the beginning of the journey toward American independence, historians and preservationists...

U.S. Firefighters Look Danger in the Eye: More than 65,000 Injuries Occurred in the Line of Duty During in 1 Year

U.S. Firefighters Look Danger in the Eye: More than 65,000 Injuries Occurred in the Line of Duty During in 1 Year
BY LORRAINE CARLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the latest edition of its U.S. Firefighter Injury Report which highlights data on injuries susta...

Most Sexually Healthy Colleges Revealed in New Study: Rutgers, Princeton Rank in Top 15

Most Sexually Healthy Colleges Revealed in New Study: Rutgers, Princeton Rank in Top 15
BERT SPERLING
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

PORTLAND -– Author and researcher Bert Sperling (president of Sperling’s BestPlaces) recently completed his 9th Sexual Health Report Card for Trojan brand co...

'Kill the Messenger:' A Shocking Story with Media Backlash

'Kill the Messenger:' A Shocking Story with Media Backlash
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Although it has a timely theme and good performances from an estimable cast, much of the media would prefer that you ignore “Kill the Messenger.”

With a limited relea...

Chris Christie Could Be Popular Write-in Vote for US Senate Election

Chris Christie Could Be Popular Write-in Vote for US Senate Election
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Governor Chris Christie has his own political ambitions for the future, but they don’t include a seat in the US Senate.

Christie said he doesn’t want to run for office i...

Police: Steven Pratt, 45, Finishes 30-Year Prison Team, and Kills Mother

Police: Steven Pratt, 45, Finishes 30-Year Prison Team, and Kills Mother
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An Atlantic City man is headed back to prison on his second murder charge after having just completed a prison sentence from 1984.

Forty-five year old Steven Pratt is be...

4 Reasons Jon Stewart Didn’t Take ‘Meet the Press’ Job

4 Reasons Jon Stewart Didn’t Take ‘Meet the Press’ Job
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

When NBC decided to replace David Gregory as host of Meet the Press about a month ago, reports say Chuck Todd was not their first choice.

The network had been looking to...

A Bit Scared: Jerseyans Concerned About Possibility of U.S. Ebola Outbreak

A Bit Scared: Jerseyans Concerned About Possibility of U.S. Ebola Outbreak
BY STEVE MANAS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NEW BRUNSWICK – As the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever continues to rage in West Africa, 69 percent of New Jersey residents are at least somewhat concerned...

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