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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office detective supervisor receives commendation for arson investigation

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood, and Chief of Detectives Chris Kimker Thursday issued a commendation to Detective Supervisor Luis Goncalves.

Det. Supervisor Goncalves is the recipient of the 2022 New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA) Investigation of the Year, an award initially presented on October 25, 2022 at the NJSIA Training Seminar and Conference.

The distinction stems from an arson investigation led by Det. Supervisor Goncalves in December 2019 of a residential fire in East Hanover Township. The investigation also involved fraud, specifically, the filing of false insurance claims involving five different insurance policies.

The investigation ultimately resulted in the arrest, prosecution, and sentencing of Gilmar Tejada to seven years New Jersey State Prison, along with $304,764 in restitution. As part of the investigation, Tejada pled guilty to disorderly persons offense for hindering arising from the insurance fraud charges, which also uncovered the involvement of the defendant’s other family members.

“Det. Supervisor Goncalves is commended for his commitment to duty, relentless investigative efforts, and skilled execution of this investigation. Had it not been for your efforts and involvement in this case, the arrest, prosecution, and conviction would not have been possible,” Carroll said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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