Chasing the Dragon

Date: 2019

The Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) Englewood, N.J. received a Community Impact Grant from Lakeland Bank and Hackensack University Medical Center.

The purpose of this grant is to support a new opioid addiction education program for New Jersey middle school students.

This program is a joint initiative between BergenPAC, FBI Newark Citizens Academy Alumni Association, the FBI–Newark Division, Hackensack Meridian Health and Lakeland Bank.

Senior Fraud Awareness

Date: October, 2018

On October 22, 2018 the FBI Newark Division and FBI Newark Citizens Academy Alumni Association presented a program, “Senior Fraud Awareness,” at Bergen Performing Art Center in Englewood.

The keynote speaker for this event was Supervisory Special Agent Laurie Allen, who described the numerous ways that senior citizens can become victims of fraud.

Sponsors of this event were: Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Lakeland Bank, Richard Szuch, Esq., and The Jewish Home at Rockleigh.

School Supply Drive

Date: August, 2018

In August 2018 the FBINewarkCAAA, in collaboration with Embrace Relief Foundation, donated 500 backpacks to Little Falls School No.1 and Peoples Pantry in Toms River, NJ.

This donation was made possible through the generosity of Raritan Central Railway, Lakeland Bank, Peace Islands Institute, and our chapter members.

Coats Drive

Date: Winter, 2018

This winter, the FBINewarkCAAA in cooperation with Raritan Central Railway donated many coats to The AIDS Resource Foundation for Children. The AIDS Resource Foundation For Children helps medically fragile children and adults coping with the impact of HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions.

We were happy to be able to help this worthwhile organization and the vulnerable population they serve.

(Picture left to right: Edie Peters Liguori- Vice President of FBINewarkCAAA, Beatrice Simpkins-Program Director for St. Clare’s Home for Children, Susan Scimone-Bellini-Treasurer of FBINewarkCAAA, Annie Chen- Chief Operating Officer of the AIDS Redource Foundation for Children.)

Active Shooter Training

Date: 2017

Tina Pilate, the Events Director of the FBINewarkCAAA presented Active Shooter training to a group of food pantry workers that work for MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity).

MEND serves the indigent population in over 17 cities within Essex County.

The FBI Newark Program on Ransomware

Date: December 12, 2017

On December 12, 2017, the Newark FBI in partnership with the Secret Service presented an informative program on malware. Information was given about the dangers and the effect of ransomware, and what can be done to avoid becoming a victim. The program was held at the Newark FBI field office and was attended by law enforcement professionals, company and industry professionals as well as Newark FBI Citizen Academy members.

The first session gave strategies on what to do, and also what not to do, when your home or office computer becomes infected by malware engineering. First action, isolate the infected computer.

The next part of the program covered the steps to take when you become a victim of extortion and are instructed to pay in Bitcoin. Bitcoin was explained and also the reason why Bitcoin was the extorters preferred method of payment. Unlike bank account and credit card transactions, Bitcoin transactions are difficult to trace and are irreversible. Distant extorters hide behind Bitcoin transactions. This type of dark web transaction is taking away tremendous sums of money from legitimate commerce worldwide.

The dark web uses what is known as, “watering holes,” a technique that uses a similar domain/email address to obtain information. For example:


(Motivation for this crime: elder fraud, obtaining FICO scores, personal or company information).

The session stressed what to do to help protect yourself and/or your company against these threats.

  • Change Passwords Often For Banking And Email
  • Focus On Awareness, Detection And Response
  • Use Antivirus And Antimalware
  • Use Encryption
  • Be Willing To Pay For Additional Services To Keep Secure

Most Important: The FBI does not advocate paying ransom and always instructs to immediately contact the following to report incidents of ransomware.


Recognizing Frauds and Scams

Date: September 18, 2017

The Cresskill Senior Activity Center, The Newark FBI and FBI Citizens Alumni Association of NJ partnered to present a program called “Recognizing Frauds and Scams”. Special Agent Laurie Adams described the numerous ways that senior citizens can be taken advantage of, if they are not aware of potential threats.

Raritan Presentation

Date: September 12, 2017

The FBI, the Raritan Central Railway and the FBINewarkCAAA coordinated a series of four outreach programs featuring important and timely issues facing our nations law enforcement and security personnel. The sessions were conducted by FBI Special Agents and included the following topics:

  • Cyber Security
  • Active Shooter
  • Financial Treat
  • Human Trafficking

Hundreds of people from various businesses attended the sessions. Everyone came away from the programs with a better understanding of the role the FBI plays in keeping our country and communities safe.

Cyber Security for the Statewide Legal Services of NJ

Date: Fall, 2017

In the fall of 2017 the FBI and the FBINewarkCAAA coordinated a program on cyber security for the statewide Legal Services of NJ ‘s annual conference . The audience consisted of attorneys, case managers, and administrative staff of LSNJ.

LSNJ coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jerseyans for their civil legal problems. Through its work, LSNJ strives to secure substantive and procedural justice for those living in poverty.

School Supply Drive

Date: August 28, 2017

On 8-28-17 the FBINewarkCAAA held its’ first School Supply Drive. I have attached some picture from MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity) in Newark, and the Center for Food Action (CFA) in Englewood where we distributed a combined total of 500 back packs with school supplies. Many thanks to Ercan for coordinating this worthwhile endeavor. A “special thanks” to the Peace Island Institute, The Raritan Railway, and Lakeland Bank for their generous financial support. Enjoy the day knowing you have made a difference in some children’s lives.

2017 FBI Citizen Academy Graduation

Date: April 25, 2017

The 2017 FBI Citizen Academy class attended a 6-week program that met at the FBI Newark Office. FBI executives, senior special agents, and program managers taught participants about topics such as counter terrorism, white-collar crimes, cyber crime, and violent crimes. The class also attended a range day at Fort Dix, NJ where everyone had the opportunity to learn more about the weapons that the FBI uses in their line of work.

At the end of the program, attendees were part of a graduation ceremony that was held at FBI Newark Headquarters. Special thank you to the Brownstone, Paterson, NJ for their magnificent graduation dinner.