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March 16, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man was sentenced to 10 years in a federal lockup today for his role in a scheme to steal checks written on a Texas city's bank account which were later deposited into a bank account here. Jonathan Battles, 46, of West Germantown, was convicted of conspiracy and bank fraud after a trial in May 2010. It was the fourth federal fraud conviction for Battles. U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe also ordered Battles to pay restitution of $80,494. He was taken into custody immediately after sentencing.
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March 9, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia woman who faked having life-threatening cancer to delay reporting to prison in 2007, for stealing money from the bank accounts of elderly customers, was sentenced yesterday to almost five years in federal prison. After LeAnn Moock, 35, of Parkwood Manor, received a four-month sentence in 2007 and was permitted to self-report to prison, she began an elaborate scam, prosecutors said. They said that Moock fooled her own attorney and the presiding judge into believing she was in constant pain, being treated with extensive chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, and was expected to die soon.
NEWS
March 8, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
A Philadelphia woman who faked having life-threatening cancer in order to delay reporting to prison in 2007 for stealing money from the bank accounts of elderly customers, was sentenced to almost five years in federal prison Thursday. After LeAnn Moock, 35, of Parkwood Manor, received a four-month sentence in 2007 and was permitted to self-report to prison, she began an elaborate scam, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said in court papers that Moock fooled her own attorney and the presiding judge in the 2007 case into believing she was in constant pain, being treated with extensive chemotherapy, radiation and surgery and was expected to die soon.
NEWS
March 4, 2012 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
A real estate investor once described by tenants as a "millionaire slumlord" was charged Friday with defrauding banks of $10 million in an effort to shore up his rowhouse empire in Kensington and Port Richmond. The charges against Robert Coyle Sr., 66, of Glassboro, were handed up by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia. Coyle is accused of defrauding the East River Bank and Republic First Bank of more than $10 million in 2007 - at the height of the real estate bubble - by lying to the banks about property titles and income from rental houses put up as collateral.
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March 2, 2012 | By Nathan Gorenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A real estate investor once described by tenants as a "millionaire slumlord" was charged Friday with defrauding banks of $10 million in an effort to shore up his rowhouse empire in Kensington and Port Richmond. The charges against Robert Coyle Sr., 66, of Glassboro, were handed up by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia. Coyle is accused of defrauding the East River Bank and Republic First Bank of more than $10 million in 2007 - at the height of the real estate bubble - by lying to the banks about property titles and income from rental houses put up as collateral.
NEWS
February 6, 2012
HERE'S WHAT WILL make news in Philly this week: SCHOOLS Supe-search hearing The Philadelphia School District will continue its series of community forums as part of the search for a new superintendent with three meetings this week. The meetings, organized by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement, are all at 6:30; tonight at West Philadelphia High School, Wednesday at Strawberry Mansion High School and Thursday at Edison High School.
NEWS
January 22, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former chief executive officer of a charter school in Northwest Philadelphia pleaded guilty Friday to stealing more than $500,000 in taxpayer funds intended for the school. Ina M. Walker, the onetime top official of New Media Technology Charter School, appeared Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court and told Judge Jan E. DuBois that she wanted to change her plea to guilty to theft and fraud charges. In her plea agreement, Walker, 59, of West Mount Airy, admitted to all 28 counts, including conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from a federally funded program, and bank fraud.
NEWS
January 20, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The former chief executive officer of a charter school in Northwest Philadelphia pleaded guilty Friday to stealing more than $500,000 in taxpayer funds intended for the school. Ina M. Walker, the onetime top official of New Media Technology Charter School, appeared Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court and told Judge Jan E. DuBois that she wanted to change her plea to guilty to theft and fraud charges. In her plea agreement, Walker, 59, of West Mount Airy, admitted to all 28 counts, including conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from a federally funded program, and bank fraud.
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