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Prosecutor Knapp Announces Update in Alstede Farms Incident

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the cause and manner of Sunday’s fatality and injuries at Alstede Farms and confirms the identities of the adult individuals who were injured.

As the result of a post-mortem examination conducted by Morris County Chief Medical Examiner Ronald Suarez, the cause of death of the minor child, Elizabeth Fuehring, was a blunt head trauma. The manner of death was listed as an accident.

Sarah Fuehring and Joanna Alemany suffered serious but non-threatening injuries which they are being treated for.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank Police Chief Wayne Martini and the Chester Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section, the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and members of the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their collective assistance in this matter.

Any inquiries may be directed to First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.  It is not anticipated that any additional press information will be released today.

Bloomfield Man Found Guilty of Theft and Fraud

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announce that late yesterday a Sussex County Jury found Robert Kosch, 57 years old, of Bloomfield, New Jersey, guilty of eight counts of Theft and Fraud in relation to three properties he acquired through fraudulent means.

The jury returned its verdict after one day of deliberations.  Robert Kosch was convicted of two counts of second degree Theft of Immovable Property, one count of third degree Theft of Immovable Property, two counts of third degree Theft of Movable Property, two counts of third degree Fraud, and one count of second degree Possession of Personal Identifying Information.  The jury acquitted Robert Kosch of three separate charges as they pertained to a fourth property.  Assistant Prosecutor Sahil Kabse represented the State in the trial which had commenced on September 9, 2014.

Robert Kosch owned and operated Floaters, LLC, a business involved in foreclosure rescues and the purchase of real estate in various towns in Sussex County. Investigation revealed that Mr. Kosch targeted individuals who were in financial distress and had moved out of their homes.  He forged signatures on various deeds transferring ownership of properties to himself or Floaters, LLC without the consent of the homeowners.  He then proceeded to rent out the properties and collect the rental income. Robert Kosch was also found to be in possession of personal identifying information belonging to over one hundred individuals for the purposes of locating other property owners. 

After the guilty findings, the trial judge, the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, Jr., J.S.C. remanded the defendant to the custody of the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility pending sentencing.  The defendant’s sentencing is scheduled for December 5, 2014.

Prosecutor Knapp and Prosecutor Koch would like to thank the members of the Morris and Sussex County Prosecutor’s Offices, Chief Randy Mills and the Vernon Township Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this result.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office handled the trial due to a conflict of interest with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

Rockaway Twp.Man Indicted on Aggravated Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide Charges


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, and Rockaway Township Police Chief Walt Ardin announce the indictment of Edward Koloski, 27 years old, of Rockaway Township, New Jersey. Koloski was indicted on October 9, 2014 after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly involved in a motor vehicle crash on February 23, 2014 on Route 46 in Rockaway Township, allegedly causing the death of Javan Robinson.  The matter has been transferred to Passaic County Superior Court for prosecution by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office            

Defendant was indicted on First Degree Aggravated Manslaughter; First Degree Vehicular Homicide in a School Zone; Second Degree Vehicular Homicide; Second Degree Knowingly Leaving Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident that Resulted in Death; Third Degree Hindering Apprehension; Fourth Degree Obstructing the Administration of Law; and Fourth Degree Possession of a Radio to Intercept Emergency Communications While Committing or Attempting to Commit a Crime.

The State was represented by Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Brian DiGiacomo in this matter.

Defendant has presently been released on $350,000 bail.

Prosecutors Knapp and Valdes thank the Rockaway Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

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