Former jeweler at Newport Centre Mall pleads guilty to lying to federal agents during fraud probe

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A former jeweler at Newport Centre Mall pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents during an investigation into a fraud conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachel Honig announced.

The Newport Centre Mall. Photo via PinInterest.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Khaled Hamade, 60, of Clifton, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of making false statements to federal agents, Honig said in a statement.

Hamade was the manager of a jewelry store at the Newport Mall in Jersey City. In March 2019, he allegedly provided false information to federal agents who were investigating a fraud conspiracy against a financial institution.

He denied knowledge of the identities, and personal information, of numerous customers of his jewelry store who were believed to have engaged in the fraud.

The count of providing false statements, to which Hamade pleaded guilty, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Hamade’s sentencing is currently scheduled for July 14th.