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New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy Targeting Asian Business Owners' Homes



By: Richard L. Smith 

A man from Union County has confessed to his involvement in a conspiracy that specifically targeted homes owned by Asian small business proprietors, as announced by U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger today.

Federal officials say Kevin Jackson, 57, hailing from Rahway, New Jersey, admitted his guilt in Newark federal court before U.S. District Judge Evelyn Padin.

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit the interstate transportation of stolen property, according to an information filed in the case and statements presented in court.

The court documents and testimonies reveal that from December 2, 2016, to March 20, 2019, Jackson was a participant in a plot to break into the residences of Asian small business owners residing in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

They stole significant amounts of money, valuable jewelry, and various items, then transported the stolen goods across state lines, including to residences in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The charge of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the amount of money involved in the offense, whichever is greater.

Jackson's sentencing is set for February 13.