United States District Court, D. New Jersey
SALVATORE J. MORETTI, Plaintiff,
MICHAEL MORDAGA, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE,, Defendants.
MCNULTY United States District Judge.
Salvatore J. Moretti, pro se, is a prolific
litigant; his complaint lists some two dozen filed actions.
(ECF no. 1 at 15-16) In this Complaint, he sues a single
defendant, Michael Mordaga. Mordaga has filed a Rule 12(b)(6)
motion to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim,
as well as a short reply brief. (ECF nos. 27, 41) Moretti has
filed multiple documents, and hundreds of pages of
attachments, that may be construed as a response to the
motion. (See ECF nos. 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 43, 44, 45,
46, 47) For the reasons stated herein, the motion to dismiss
will be granted.
Complaint is brought under "U.S. Const. Amed. Fourth,
Fourteenth, Civil Rights 42 U.S.C. Sections 1981, 1983, 1985,
42 USC Sect. 12101, 3631, etc." The Complaint is
wide-ranging, defying summarization. It covers a bewildering
variety of personal and historical events, which I do not
summarize here. Instead, I extract from the Complaint the
allegations that mention the only named defendant, Michael
worked in the Bergen County Prosecutor's office and lives
in Paramus, New Jersey. He used the same CPA as Moretti, and
went to the same law school as the County prosecutor,
Molinelli. A labor activist named William Kresja died in June
1, 1988, at a time that he was "under the eye of
Mordaga." In 1994, Moretti was "jailed, for no
reason, for over a month, under the surveillance of Police
Director, Police Officer, Police Detective, Prosecutor Office
Detective Michael Mordaga." Mordaga coveted the job of
Bergen County Sheriff. "Rival Assemblyman Ken Zisa
opposed Mordaga, and Zisa was replaced by Mordaga, Director
of the Police."
"graduated from Paramus High School," where he
played football. Moretti first met Mordaga when sunning
himself on his front lawn. The two got in a fight when
Moretti identified himself as the property manager.
Doyno, a CPA used by Moretti, was also employed by Mordaga to
set up a corporation (from the context, possibly in the
1980s). Moretti only found out about this years later.
Moretti also learned years after the event that Doyno had
assisted Mordaga in building a "$1, 300, 000 show
place" in Paramus, near a church that the Moretti family
had attended since 1959.
read in New Jersey court reports that Mordaga, when assigned
to the narcotics squad in Hackensack, broke into the
apartment of one Leo Jones without a warrant.
was a scandal surrounding the Bergen County Sheriff that
required the return of $225, 000 in 2001, and the Sheriff was
replaced. "In retrospect, it is difficult to connect
this event to the report by the Record newspaper that Michael
Mordaga wanted the Bergen Sheriffs job." It was
reported, however, that Mordaga wanted to be the Bergen
County Sheriff and the Hackensack Police Chief. After the
chief was forced to resign, Mordaga "ran the Hackensack
police department as the civilian police director."
around 2007, it emerged that there was a "kickback of
$100, 000 to Michael Mordaga in the Teterboro jet
crash," apparently in connection with Mordaga's
referral of an attorney. Mordaga "operated DS Universal
Consultants and made over $170, 000 a year." The Record
reported in 2016 that Mordaga owned several houses in
addition to his $1, 300, 000 showplace.
summary, many police officers have had their lives wrecked by
Michael Mordaga, and the Bergen County Prosecutor's
Detective Squad. It is time to assess damages." The
nation's military "entered WWII with high ideals,
ideals which we do not see exhibited by Michael Mordaga and
John Molinelli." A law school graduate, Moretti would
have improved the image of Hackensack, but Mordaga has not
done so. Through the "intrigues" of men such as
Mordaga and Molinelli, the town has a "ghost town
image," with many commercial vacancies.
seeks compensation for loss of services (apparently, services
to his real estate properties) "during the twenty years
of Mordaga's serving as a detective."
Complaint touches on many other subjects, which bear no
obvious relation to the sole defendant, Mordaga. The
defendant accurately lists some of them: "inter
alia. World War II, issues with a barking dog, the fact
that [Moretti] is a storied author (with references to his
books), various political elections, arson, assault, housing
issues, the election of Superior Court judges, banking
issues, robbery and theft, foreclosure actions, jet crashed,
issues getting his parking ticket validated when he appeared
for jury duty, the downfall of the Sears store in Hackensack,
meetings with President Roosevelt at Hyde Park..., and
meetings at the Vatican and with General Patton." (Def.