August 20, 2003 |
Two executives of a Bensalem company that sold "Eyewear for a New Economy" were indicted by a federal grand jury last week, charged with defrauding the former First Union National Bank of $14 million and filing false reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Barry M. Budilov, a Lafayette Hill businessman and former chief executive officer of the former Ambassador Eyewear Group Inc., faces one count of bank fraud, six counts of false statements to a bank, two counts of false filings with the SEC, and one count of falsifying company records.
January 4, 2001 |
A Mount Airy barber pleaded guilty yesterday in Montgomery County Court to participating in a sophisticated bank-fraud scheme that bilked millions from customers' accounts. Antoine Norman, 26, who prosecutors have said was the mastermind of the scam, entered an open guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to corrupt organizations. According to Assistant District Attorney Laurel Grass, who heads the county's Economic Crimes Unit, Norman admitted that he was the "chief officer in this illegitimate company, and counterfeited checks, handed them out to runners, and received the profits.
September 6, 1997 |
The former chairman and chief executive of Action Federal Savings Bank in Somers Point, N.J., pleaded guilty to bank fraud yesterday, seven years after the troubled savings and loan was seized by federal regulators. Robert J. DiDomenico, of Springfield, Delaware County, and Ocean City, N.J., faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for failing to disclose a secret deal to use $4.2 million in bank loans, made to a friend, to buy property for himself. DiDomenico, 53, was a well-known Jersey Shore developer and had been on Action's board for two years when he was named its full-time chief executive in 1990.
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.
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 30, 1992 |
Former Atlantic City high roller Robert Libutti, banned from the casinos because he used racial slurs and bragged of his ties to mobster John Gotti, was indicted yesterday on bank fraud and income-tax evasion charges. The indictment, announced by U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff, alleges that Libutti, 62, collected $3.4 million in improperly authorized loans from a North Jersey bank between 1985 and 1987. He was also charged with evading $3 million in income tax and with weapons offenses.
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.
February 8, 2013 |
The founder of several hedge funds, already serving 10 years in a German prison for defrauding investors of nearly $500 million, is now facing similar charges in Philadelphia. Helmut Kiener, 53, controlled a number of hedgefunds including K1 Global Limited, Oceanus, Mezzanine and K1 Invest. According to federal prosecutors, Kiener misappropriated $311 million in an elaborate Ponzi scheme that he used to pay for a luxurious lifestyle. Among Kiener's alleged victims: Bear Stearns which lost $82 million to Kiener for three years until the financial institution went belly up in 2008; Barclays Bank which lost $137 million and BNP Paribas which lost $13.4 million.
December 2, 1992 |
A Chicago developer and a West Chester demolition contractor pleaded guilty yesterday to burying thousands of bags of cancer-causing asbestos debris on the grounds of a failed Marcus Hook business park. The pleas by Dennis Marchuk and Michael Kelly came just minutes before the opening of their trial before U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter. Marchuk entered a plea to violating three federal environmental-quality laws. He was followed a short time later by Kelly, who pleaded guilty to one count of violating the federal Clean Air Act. Buckwalter set March 5 for the sentencing of both men. Marchuk faces a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
April 23, 2005 |
Steven A. Schwartz, a self-styled investment adviser with two convictions for bank fraud and check kiting, was convicted a third time yesterday - for bilking investors of an estimated $1 million. Schwartz, 48, of Plymouth Meeting, who represented himself in a three-week trial in U.S. District Court, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy and 16 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and bank fraud. The jury acquitted him on two other charges. Schwartz was led from the courtroom in handcuffs, ordered by Judge Stewart Dalzell to be held until he is sentenced.