5/27/2005 - Police Press Release: Stolen Bank Info

Press Statement of Chief Charles K. Zisa

April 28, 2005

As a result of an investigation conducted over the past several months into the activities of DRL Associates of Hackensack, the Hackensack Police Department has arrested 10 individuals who have been charged with illegally selling personal identification information obtained through bank and New Jersey state computer databases.The investigation was led by Det. Sgt. Jay Alpert and Det. Thomas Staron under the direction of Det. Capt. Frank Lomia.They were assisted by Det. Sgt. Andrew D’Onofio of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

DRL Associates advertised their services as a skip trace and collection agency.However, they were not licensed nor could they qualify for licensing as a private detective agency or bonding as a collection agency due to Orazio Lembo’s criminal history.

On February 9, 2005 a search warrant was executed at the home of Orazio “Ozzy” Lembo at 344 Prospect Avenue in Hackensack.The second bedroom of his apartment was being utilized as the office of DRL Associates.During the execution of that warrant, 13 computers were confiscated as well as a quantity of illegal drugs, including steroids, ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana.

Based upon forensic examination of Lembo’s computers, it was determined that he had employed upper level bank employees to access and identify individual accounts in their respective banks.Lembo would be supplied with account information, including account numbers and balances.In some cases, the bank employees printed out entire customer computer screens and turned them over to Lembo.That information was then sold to his clients, which included more than 40 law firms and collection agencies.

In addition to the confidential banking information, Lembo obtained employment information from a manager of the New Jersey Department of Labor in Jersey City through the use of state computers.

Our investigation has revealed that over a half million accounts were researched by this criminal enterprise.According to a representative of the United States Treasury Department, it is believed to be the largest breach of banking security in the nation.

Orazio Lembo’s profit was several million dollars over the past 4 years.The other defendants were each paid tens of thousands of dollars by Lembo during that time.As a result of the investigation, the Hackensack Police Department has obtained a New Jersey Superior Court order to freeze over $90,000 in cash assets in various bank accounts.We are also commencing proceedings to seize two houses and one condominium unit believed to have been financed with the proceeds of this criminal enterprise.

Today’s arrests conclude Phase I of this investigation.Phase II will consist of an investigation into the activities of the law firms and collection agencies associated with DRL Associates.

Attached is a list of defendants who have been charged.


ORAZIO LEMBO, AGE 35, of 344 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ, has been charged with 1 count of Racketeering and 8 counts of Disclosing Data from a Database, all crimes of the 2nd degree.Additionally, Lembo has been charged with several narcotics, forgery and theft charges. If convicted, Lembo faces up to 130 years in prison and $1,471,500 in fines.

ORLANDO RIVERA, age 42, of 899 Boulevard, New Milford, NJ, the manager from the New Jersey Department of Labor has been charged with Official Misconduct, Conspiracy, and Disclosing Data, all crimes of the 2nd degree. If convicted, Rivera faces up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $450,000.

KELVIN DIAZ, age 27 of 87 Longview Avenue, Hackensack, NJ, an employee of the Bank of America in the Fair Lawn and Paterson branches has been charged with 10 counts of Commercial Bribery and 10 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Bribery, all 4th degree crimes and 1 count of Disclosing Data from a Database, a 2nd crime.If convicted, Diaz faces up to 40 years in prison and $350,000 in fines.

ZORAN LEVAJAC. Age 35 of 134 Highview Avenue, Totowa, NJ, a manager of the Commerce Bank in West Caldwell has been charged with 10 counts of Commercial Bribery and 10 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Bribery, all 4th degree crimes and 1 count of Disclosing Data from a Database, a 2nd crime.If convicted, Levajac faces up to 40 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. Levajac was subsequently employed as a manager for PNC Bank.

MYRON FRIERSON, age 29, of 688 Hartwell Street, Teaneck, NJ a Financial Specialist for the Wachovia Bank in Elmwood Park has been charged with 10 counts of Commercial Bribery and 10 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Bribery, all 4th degree crimes and 1 count of Disclosing Data from a Database, a 2nd degree crime.If convicted, Frierson faces up to 40 years in prison and $350,000 in fines.

MAURICE WILLIAMS II, age 28, of 307 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ, a Financial Specialist for First Union Bank, which became Wachovia Bank in Bogota, has been charged with 10 counts of Commercial Bribery and 10 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Bribery, all 4th degree crimes and 1 count of Disclosing Data from a Database, a 2nd degree crime.If convicted, Williams faces up to 40 years in prison and $350,000 in fines.

KATHLEEN LOVELACE, age 35, of 361 Maple Street, Kearny, NJ, an assistant manager for Commerce Bank in Lyndhurst, has been charged with 10 counts of Commercial Bribery and 10 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Bribery, all 4th degree crimes and 1 count of Disclosing Data from a Database, a 2nd degree crime.If convicted, Lovelace faces up to 40 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. Lovelace was subsequently employed at the PNC Bank in Tenafly, NJ

JAMES DIGANGI, age 27, of 366 East 54th St., Elmwood Park, NJ, an employee of Commerce Bank in Lyndhurst, has been charged with 10 counts of Commercial Bribery and 10 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Bribery, all 4th degree crimes, and 1 count of Disclosing Data from a Database, a 2nd degree crime.If convicted, Digangi faces up to 40 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. Digangi was subsequently employed at the PNC Bank in Mahwah.

ANTHONY DIAMANTI, age 29, of 18 Stanchak Court, Clifton, NJ, an employee of Commerce Bank in Lyndhurst, has been charged with 10 counts of Commercial Bribery and 10 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Bribery, all 4th degree crimes, and 1 count of Disclosing Data from a Database, a 2nd degree crime.If convicted, Diamanti faces up to 40 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. Diamanti was subsequently employed at the PNC Bank in River Edge.

MARIA ZAINO, age 37, of 287 Travers Place, Lyndhurst, NJ, an employee of Commerce Bank in Lyndhurst, has been charged with 10 counts of Commercial Bribery and 10 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Bribery, all 4th degree crimes and 1 count of Disclosing Data from a Database, a 2nd degree crime.If convicted, Zaino faces up to 40 years in prison and $350,000 in fines.