Two men plead guilty to brazen thefts from car owners in New Jersey
Two men who reside in the southern part of New Jersey have pleaded guilty to their roles in separate but equally calculated schemes that targeted motor vehicle owners and buyers.
Details of the two cases, investigations and trials were announced by the US DOJ and US Attorney Philip Sellinger.
We’ll begin in Camden County where a Camden man pleaded guilty and admitted his role in conspiracies where he participated in several carjackings and gas station robberies in South Jersey.
Kamau Bradshaw, 20, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit carjacking in armed robbery and was arrested and charged with Paul Rogers on September 17, 2021.
It was that month, the 14th to be exact, when attorney Sellinger said two masked men – one of whom was also wearing a Nike hoodie and scuffed beige work boots, while the other wore a tan hoodie that said “REACTIVE” on the sleeves with striped boxer shorts – carrying an AR-style rifle stole from a gas station in Pennsauken
They entered, stole cash and cigarettes while holding the gun, then drove off toward a house in Camden with a large sports bag, according to Sellinger.
Three days later, attorney Sellinger said law enforcement executed a federal search warrant there and found several items, including a sports bag, an AR-style rifle, a gray sweatshirt Nike, beige scuffed work boots and a beige hoodie with “REACTIVE” printed on the sleeves.
The boxers were also an indicator that day.
“Bradshaw and Rogers were present when law enforcement officers executed the search warrant, at which time Bradshaw was wearing striped underpants consistent with those worn by one of the robbers during the robbery.”
The Pennsauken robbery was just one of the robberies, two of the locations were robbed more than once, according to Sellinger, and each robbery had a similar MO with a gun and threatened the attendant.
“Bradshaw admitted to his role in eight gas station robberies or attempted robberies in addition to the September 14, 2021 robbery in Pennsauken, including robberies in Haddon Township on August 30, 2021; Pennsauken on August 30, 2021; Bridgeton on August 18, 2021; August 31, 2021; Brooklawn on August 31, 2021; Vineland on August 31, 2021; Pennsauken on September 1, 2021; Haddon Township on September 1, 2021; and Haddon Township on September 16, 2021.
In addition to armed robberies at gas stations, there were also armed carjackings and sometimes the two crimes coincided.
“For several of the robberies, Bradshaw and his conspirators used a car they obtained by committing an armed carjacking in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members of the carjacking conspiracy traveled from Camden to Philadelphia and wielded this which appeared to be an assault weapon in order to force a driver and passenger out of an automobile. They returned to Camden with the victim’s car, which they then used to and from some of their station robberies- service.
While Rogers’ charges are pending, Bradshaw has pleaded guilty and, therefore, to the crimes he committed, “The count of conspiracy to commit robbery and the count of robbery to which Bradshaw pleaded guilty each face a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The count The charge of conspiracy to commit an armed robbery to which Bradshaw pleaded guilty carries a five-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2023.”
Attorney Sellinger said that in this case, “The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden. Defense Attorney: Richard Sparaco Esq., Cherry Hill, New Jersey.”
Further north and east in South Jersey, an Egg Harbor Township man pleaded guilty and was also sentenced to 2 years in prison for wire fraud where he defrauded customers through from his car dealership.
Afzal Khan, 40, aka “Bobby Khan”, defrauded lenders and customers through his dealership, Emporio Motor Group in Ramsey, between December 2013 and September 2014.
According to attorney Seller, “Khan got loans from the auto finance division of a major bank for cars he never delivered, but for which the buyer was still responsible. Khan also got loans from the victim bank for cars that were delivered, but for which neither he nor Emporio had the title.As a result, the buyers of these cars were responsible for the loans, but could not register the cars.
That wasn’t all either, as Khan continued his scheming by keeping the money to himself.
“Khan offered to sell cars to individuals on consignment, but did not return the cars or provide money to individuals from the sale of the cars. Khan admitted that as a result of his actions, he exposed the victim bank to a potential loss of at least $550,000.”
In addition to two years in prison, Khan was also sentenced to three years of probation and ordered the confiscation of $1.1 million.
Attorney Sellinger said that in this case, “The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cybercrime Unit in Newark. Defense Attorney: Anthony J. Pope Esq., Newark.”