TRENTON, NJ—On Friday, Amro Badran was sentenced to twenty-seven months in prision after pleading guilty to one count of bank fraud.

Badran ran a check-kiting scheme that defrauded to banks out of $ 1.5 million from June 2006 to August 2008. Authorities have stated that he opened fifteen bank accounts at New Millennium Bank and Brunswick Bank & Trust to pull off the scheme, according to a report on NJ.com.

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TRENTON, NJ—The management at Johnson & Johnson is facing lawsuits from shareholders over countless problems with products and widespread use of kickback payments to boost sales.

However, investors and the company's management have recently come to a tentative settlement to restore high standards when it comes to these issues, according to an Associated Press report.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Johnson & Johnson announced last Monday that they are seeking approval of the Food & Drug Administration to sell bedaquiline, an expermiental drug that combats tuberculosis (TB).

Bedaquiline is the first drug specifically made to fight tuberculosis in over four decades. It was desinged to combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, according to a report on MyCentralJersey.com.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Johnson & Johnson announced on Friday that they will be charged $600 million during the second quarter to help cover potential legal settlements, according to a report on MyCentralJersey.com.

The global pharmaceutical giant plans to take this charge to cover civil lawsuits regarding the way their drugs Risperdal, Invega, and Natrecor were marketed to the public.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR) has received $2.4 million from the US Army STARRS (Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service Members) to conduct a study on the genetic make-up of soldiers at risk for suicide or psychological issues.

The deal means that Rutgers will have the opportunity to be a part of the largest study of mental health risks ever conducted by the United States military, according to a report in the Home News Tribune.

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