- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal
Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced
that a Passaic County man was sentenced
to state prison today for conspiring to
illegally sell handguns.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza
Dagli, Wilfredo Santiago, 28, of Paterson,
was sentenced to four years in state prison
with two years of parole ineligibility by
Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan in
Morris County. Santiago’s sentence
was based on his guilty plea to third-degree
conspiracy to possess and sell handguns.
The charge was contained in an Aug. 23,
2010 state grand jury indictment.
pleading guilty on Jan. 5, Santiago admitted
that between Nov. 27 and Dec. 6, 2006, he
conspired to arrange the sale of two handguns
– an Iver-Johnson .38-caliber revolver
and a Davis Industries Model P-380 .38-caliber
handgun - to another individual who, unbeknownst
to Santiago, was an undercover detective
assigned to the Office of the Insurance
Sergeant John Delesio, Detective Vincent
Gaeta, Analyst Kathleen Ratliff, and former
Deputy Attorney General John J. Higgins
were assigned to the investigation. Deputy
Attorney General Dennis Kwasnik represented
the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
at the guilty plea and sentencing hearings.