TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2017
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrests of JOSE R. FONTANA-SANTANA (DOB: 03/05/1990, married; and unemployed) and CESAR A. FONTANA-VERAS (DOB: 06/13/1991, single, and unemployed) both residing at 1092 E. 24th Street, Paterson, NJ on Money Laundering charges. These arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
On November 16, 2017, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a motor vehicle stop in Teaneck, NJ on a silver, 2012 Ford Escape. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed $141,965.00 inside a sophisticated, aftermarket electronic-hidden compartment in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. The currency was packaged in a way that is consistent with being the proceeds of narcotics sales. The vehicle was occupied by Jose FONTANA-SANTANA and Cesar FONTANA-VERAS.
As a result of this investigation, Jose FONTANA-SANTANA and Cesar FONTANA-VERAS were arrested and each charged with one count of Money Laundering, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25A, a second degree crime. Both FONTANA-SANTANA and FONTANA-VERAS are scheduled for first appearances in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM.
Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.