March 30, 2016 |
A prominent Delaware real estate developer pleaded guilty Monday to bank fraud and violating the federal Clean Water Act during construction of a New Castle housing development, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Wilmington. Joseph L. Capano Sr., 74, admitted in U.S. District Court in Wilmington to using more than $146,000 from loans for the Riverbend at Old New Castle project to fund personal expenses, including buying $63,000 worth of jewelry, prosecutors said Monday.
March 10, 2016
Five men from Philadelphia and Lansdale were charged with conspiracy and bank fraud for depositing $1.2 million worth of bogus checks at TD Bank and then quickly withdrawing the money through ATMs and debit-card purchases, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said Tuesday. The alleged scheme, which operated from July 2007 to September 2014, netted the men $607,813, according to the 29-page indictment. The men recruited at least 36 TD Bank customers to provide their names, account numbers and personal identification numbers for debit cards, the indictment said.
December 17, 2015 |
Three Chester City residents were indicted Tuesday on charges of filing false land deeds for about $5 million worth of properties, then occupying or renting or selling them. Steven Hameed, 56, Darnell Young, 48, and Damond Palmer, 41, filed the false deeds with the Delaware County Recorder of Deeds office for properties owned by the government or banks, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. They each were charged with conspiracy, bank fraud, interference with tax laws, and related crimes.
October 23, 2015 |
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. challenged his former roommate and ex-business partner in federal court Wednesday, a day after the man offered unflattering testimony against Fattah in his bank- and tax-fraud trial. In a tense cross-examination, Fattah - the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) - confronted Matthew Amato, 33, about their efforts to launch a personal concierge service in 2005 and government allegations that they blew thousands of dollars they borrowed to support the business to outfit themselves with the trappings of a luxury life.
October 22, 2015 |
Words such as silly and facade were deployed Tuesday by prosecutors and their witnesses as they continued to sketch the business portfolio of Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. But for Matthew Amato - Fattah's onetime business partner and former roommate at Drexel University - one word was enough to sum up his experience working closely with the son of a longtime Democratic congressman: ridiculous. "It was all from our minds - made up," Amato testified Tuesday, the third day of Fattah's federal bank- and tax-fraud trial.
October 7, 2015 |
Rep. Brian Sims has been in the Republican-controlled state House for nearly three years, and in that time, the Center City Democrat has had no legislation become law. Sims says that won't deter him from seeking a seat in another GOP stronghold, the U.S. House. He announced his candidacy Tuesday, bringing to three the number of Democratic challengers to the embattled 11-term incumbent, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Sims said he was warned by fellow Democrats after winning his 182d District seat in 2012 that the Republicans who control the state House would stymie him. "It drives me crazy some days that we're not able to move more of my legislation forward," Sims said while acknowledging that the U.S. House "may be even more divisive.
October 3, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, now facing public corruption charges, may soon have a third challenger in next spring's April 26 Democratic primary. State Rep. Brian Sims on Thursday sent out invitations to a fund-raiser next week for the "Brian Sims for Congress Exploratory Committee. " The invitation asks donors to "Join Rep. Sims for a candid conversation about bringing ethical behavior back into Philadelphia Area Politics. " Gold sponsors for the Tuesday event are asked to contribute $2,700 – the maximum individual contribution allowed in federal election campaigns.
August 24, 2015 |
A FEDERAL JUDGE yesterday scheduled U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's corruption trial for May 2 of next year. That's a week after the April 26 primary, in which Fattah is expected to face at least one challenger. Dan Muroff, an East Mount Airy attorney and leader of the 9th Ward Democratic Committee, intends to run against Fattah. In his order yesterday, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III noted that the trial is expected to last six weeks. Fattah's four co-defendants also face trial that day. Fattah, 58, a Democrat and 11-term congressman who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, pleaded not guilty Tuesday before a magistrate to a slew of charges, including bribery, racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and fraud.
August 20, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, under indictment on federal corruption charges, now has a challenger in the April 26, 2016, Democratic primary election. Dan Muroff, a lawyer from East Mount Airy and the Democratic leader for the politically potent Ninth Ward, last week filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. Fattah, 58, who was indicted last month on charges of racketeering, bank fraud, bribery, money laundering, and other crimes, has vowed to seek a 12th two-year term in office.
July 31, 2015 |
DID YOU HEAR that noise yesterday morning? That was the sound of the other shoe dropping. Of course, it dropped on Twitter. The first tweets to emerge from an 11 a.m. news conference - Fattah indicted - reverberated from Independence Mall to Washington, D.C. Nearly a year after U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Phila., was ominously described as "Elected Official A" in a former aide's plea deal, federal prosecutors gathered on the eighth floor of...