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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to Four Years for Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods

Tony Newton receives 48-month prison sentence for transporting stolen jewelry across state lines, totaling over $800,000 in losses.

NEWARK, N.J. – Tony Newton, 62, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for transporting stolen jewelry across state lines, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today. Newton previously pleaded guilty to two counts of interstate transportation of stolen goods before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi, who imposed the sentence in Newark federal court.

According to court documents and statements, Newton transported stolen jewelry from Middlesex and Union counties, New Jersey, to New York on June 1, 2022, and July 16, 2022. Newton also admitted to two additional burglaries at mall jewelry stores in Bay Shore, New York, and Milford, Connecticut. These four burglaries resulted in retail losses totaling $804,227.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Newton to three years of supervised release and ordered restitution and forfeiture of $804,227 each.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited the FBI Newark’s Transnational Organized Crime Task Force, led by Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor William Daniel and Chief Harvey Barnwell; officers of the Edison Police Department, led by Chief of Police Tom Bryan; and officers of the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Director Earl Graves and Chief Giacomo Sacca, for their roles in the investigation. He also acknowledged the assistance of officers from the Suffolk County, New York, Police Department, and the Milford, Connecticut, Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Farhana C. Melo of the OCDETF/Narcotic Unit in Newark.

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