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 |
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid, and line the pockets of family members and close political allies. The 11-term Democratic congressman, who holds a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, was charged in a 29-count racketeering conspiracy indictment that alleges he channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay off an illegal $1 million campaign loan as well as the college debts of son Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. In addition, federal authorities said, Fattah, 58, accepted bribes including stacks of cash, payments toward a Poconos vacation home, and college tuition for an au pair from a lobbyist seeking his help to land an ambassadorship with the Obama White House.
July 31, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah vowed Wednesday to seek a 12th term in office next year, not long after he was indicted on federal charges of racketeering, bank fraud, bribery, money laundering, and other crimes. "The voters have to make that decision, but I will be on the ballot in my district, and I will offer myself, and we'll have to live with the judgment that they make," Fattah said in the Capitol. Back home in Philadelphia, the subtle scramble for political positioning to possibly succeed Fattah in the Second District was well underway.
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...
April 19, 2015 |
A 34-year-old woman who defrauded women with the ruse of a fictitious hair show to pay for plastic surgery, apartment rent, a car loan, and Walmart shopping sprees was sentenced Friday in federal court in Philadelphia to 15 months in prison. Tamira Fonville of New York, and conspirator Ricardo Falana of Philadelphia deposited fraudulent checks in banks in the Philadelphia area, prosecutors said. Fonville pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and three counts of bank fraud.
December 14, 2014 |
A federal judge on Friday granted permission for Chaka Fattah Jr. to represent himself in a tax and bank fraud case that could send him to prison for life if he is convicted. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III agreed to allow Fattah, son of U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), to be his own lawyer. Before ruling, Bartle carefully instructed Fattah, 32, on each of the criminal charges he faced and added that the case carries a maximum penalty of 418 years in prison and $12.4 million in fines.
September 13, 2014 |
M&T Bank , which took over Wilmington Trust Corp. as Delaware's largest bank was on the edge of financial collapse three years ago, agreed Thursday to pay $18.5 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges against Wilmington Trust. Accounting disclosure and fraud charges faced the bank because of "improperly" excluded loan losses of $300 million from its quarterly reports after the 2008 financial crisis, the SEC said. The deal follows a string of federal bank fraud prosecutions in Wilmington and Philadelphia against former Wilmington Trust officers and private developer clients.
September 12, 2014
In 2014, you know you've made it when Charlie Sheen tweets about you. Temporary Tattle therefore gives you: Shady McTipper, part deux. As Daily News gossip columnist Molly Eichel reported, lo, those many days ago - Tuesday - it seems that Eagles running back LeSean McCoy took buddies out for burgers at Northern Liberties' PYT Monday afternoon. They racked up a $61.56 bill, and McCoy himself apparently left server Rob Knelly a very lousy tip. Twenty cents lousy.
July 10, 2014 |
Real convict of Atlanta It'll be some time before we'll see The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks on her husband's arm. Apollo Nida , 35, was sentenced Tuesday to 96 months (eight years) in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud and ID theft, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Nida ripped off more than 50 people to the tune of $2 mil. Nida could have been given anywhere from 92 to 115 months. U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell said he handed down a fairly stiff sentence because white-collar crimes of this type see a high rate of recidivism.
March 9, 2014 |
Michael Pouls, a Main Line developer whose name had for many become synonymous with the borrow-and-spend excesses of the early 2000s, saw his wave of prosperity come crashing down Friday as a federal judge sentenced him to eight years in prison for bank fraud. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond cut down arguments that Pouls' prosecution was motivated by postrecession "class hatred" and instead referred to the 52-year-old as a "liar and a thief" caught by the economic downturn. "He's not being punished for his success," the judge said.