August 29, 1991 |
SHE IS: Madeline Arrington SHE DOES: Housing rehab SHE SUCCEEDS: Through determination At first, Madeline Arrington wasn't sure she wanted it mentioned in the newspapers that before taking on her current post as an apartment building manager, she spent time in jail. But, on second thought, Arrington decided she had important messages to get out: About how quickly your life can fall apart. About picking up the pieces of your life and starting again. In 1982, Arrington, then 39 years old, a single mother of two daughters, then aged 18 and 9, made what turned out to be a fateful decision.
June 27, 2013 |
Ann Marie Swartz, 74, a retired accounting clerk with the Diocese of Camden, died Sunday, June 22, of heart disease at Cooper University Hospital. Born in Palo Alto, Pa., to Thomas and Leah Colan, Mrs. Swartz graduated from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary High School in Pottsville, Pa., in 1957. She attended Immaculata University for two years, hoping to become a nun, her daughter Lisa Myers said. An illness forced her to drop out. She met John "Jack" Swartz in April 1961, got engaged to him that year, and married in April 1962.
July 14, 2010 |
A Gloucester County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling taxpayer money through a Philadelphia company that maintained inactive Navy ships, federal prosecutors said. Marian Murphy, 61, of Sewell, and a codefendant falsified travel and other expenses documents to obtain more than $400,000, prosecutors said. The codefendant, Serena Thomas-Erby, is awaiting trial. Both worked for Global Associates Ltd., which had a contract to maintain inactive vessels at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and elsewhere.
August 16, 2013 |
FBI AGENTS SEIZED computers and other documentation during a raid of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office yesterday morning. FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski confirmed that agents were there, but would not comment on the nature of the investigation or its target. A source close to the investigation said the search was focused on the office's real-estate unit. Agents took "a whole boatload of stuff," the source said. Sheriff Jewell Williams released a statement yesterday afternoon through a spokesman, which said in part, "As part of an ongoing investigation begun in the previous administration, the FBI arrived . . . this morning with a search warrant and subpoena for certain records and files.
June 27, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors charged a California man with conspiracy and wire fraud Wednesday in an alleged scheme to buy real estate at Philadelphia sheriff's sales and arrange a 90 percent discount with the illegal help of a sheriff's accounting clerk. Gerard Joseph, 36, of La Jolla, Calif., was arrested Tuesday night, federal authorities said. Prosecutors allege that Joseph bought four Philadelphia properties at sheriff's sales in 2007, paying 10 percent down the day of the sale, as auction rules require.
June 2, 2013 |
Richard C. Bell 2d was an accounting clerk in the city Sheriff's Office, paid $42,000 a year to help distribute the proceeds when people lost their homes at sheriff's sales because of unpaid mortgages or taxes. But he had one key role in the sheriff's operations. Whenever a bank had a question about a check issued by the Sheriff's Office, Bell took the call. With that position and some manipulation of the sheriff's computerized check-writing system, Bell developed a bogus-check scam that cost the Sheriff's Office nearly $420,000 from 2007 into 2010.
September 18, 1999 |
A Wal-Mart accounting clerk who elaborately staged a robbery at a Bristol Township store with a man she met on the Internet was ordered yesterday to repay the $63,000 she helped steal from the business. Susan Strassler, 23, of Bensalem, also was sentenced to five years' probation and 50 hours of community service by Bucks County Court Judge John J. Rufe. Strassler pleaded guilty to theft, receiving stolen property, filing a false police report, and conspiracy in July and admitted she had concocted a story about the robbery at the store on Oxford Valley Road where she had worked for two years.
March 5, 1988 |
Iola Ruth Walton Matthews, a retired accounting clerk for the Marine Corps, who was known for her love of life and her outgoing and friendly manner, died Wednesday. She was 73 and lived in Mount Airy. Matthews retired in 1974 after more than 20 years as a clerk in the Office of the Comptroller of the Marine Corps. She was a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls and attended Virginia State College. Relatives said Matthews, the widow of Karl Matthews, was "a funny, witty person" who could tell stories that made people laugh and who had a large circle of friends.
June 28, 1999 |
Ending 30 months of operation without a permanent borough manager, the Borough Council has appointed a former Montgomery County administrator to the vacant post. Richard Schnaedter, formerly the manager of Lower Providence Township, has been named borough manager, effective Thursday. The council has set his annual salary at $63,000. His predecessor, acting Borough Manager Pete Brusco, was paid $50,000 a year. Since January 1998, the Borough Council and local government have faced almost continuous upheaval.
September 29, 1986 |
Friday would have been Yvette Watkins' 26th birthday. Her mother, Geraldine James, observed it by depositing $1,000 in an escrow account at a Chestnut Hill bank. James hopes the money will help catch her daughter's killer. Watkins' body was found earlier this month in a cardboard box in the basement of the West Oak Lane house she formerly shared with her husband, Carroll "Tony" Watkins, 31. Investigators have obtained a warrant for Tony Watkins' arrest, charging him with the Labor Day Weekend slaying.