December 20, 2013 |
Five West African immigrants face charges as part of a fraudulent check-cashing ring accused of stealing more than $6 million through a scheme that recruited participants over the Internet, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office said Wednesday. Prosecutors said the men pilfered corporate checks from a Southwest Philadelphia mail distribution center, altered recipient lines, and helped other immigrants open bank accounts with the proceeds. The ring's efforts resulted in $6 million in losses, according to the grand jury presentment in their case.
August 17, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Hurricane Sandy victims told members of the New Jersey Legislature during a session here Thursday that they have grown weary of "Stronger Than the Storm" ads, and are exhausted by months of futile attempts to seek assistance in repairing and holding on to their storm-ravaged homes. "I haven't seen one billboard or ad that tells people exactly how they can be stronger than the storm. . . . So many people still don't know where to go for help," said Staci Berger, executive director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.
April 24, 2013 |
Four adults and three children were held hostage in Bristol Township overnight Monday, according to police. But the men holding them, who were apparently seeking $80,000 from one of the victims, were caught after a bank teller alerted authorities. According to police, three men - Orlando McNeil, 38, of Levittown, and Daesean Smith, 21, and Dennis Redding, 18, both of Philadelphia - first were attempting to lure Dwayne Stancil to the Glen Hollow Apartments in Croydon to rob him, but he refused to leave his home in the Levittown Trace Apartments on Ford Road.
April 18, 2013 |
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday as the country became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers voted 77-44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading. People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers broke into song after the result was announced, singing the New Zealand love song "Pokarekare Ana" in the indigenous Maori language.
August 4, 2012 |
A bank teller from Willingboro has been indicted on federal charges of taking part in a fraud scheme that relied on stealing the identities of her former employer's customers. Patricia Lightsey, 27, and James Hull, 49, of Troy, N.Y., netted $170,820 from the plot, according to the indictment. A federal grand jury alleged that Lightsey, while a teller for TD Bank, sold to an unidentified person the identifying information, including dates of birth, driver's license numbers, social security numbers, and bank account numbers of bank customers between July and October 2011.
July 29, 2012 |
Joseph Bucci was like "a kid in a candy store," his lawyer says. One day, the Trevose, Bucks County, man had $35.46 in his bank account. The next day, he had nearly $70,000. Over the next month, Bucci, 22, spent all but $2,000 of the windfall, buying a used car, a computer, a camera, clothes, furniture, and a dog, lawyer Michael Parlow said Friday. "He spent a majority of the money helping family and friends," Parlow said. "He lent money to a lot of people. " Now it's time to repay the bank that made the bookkeeping mistake, and he's trying scrape up the money and stay out of jail.
July 28, 2012 |
Joseph Bucci was like "a kid in a candy store," his lawyer says. One day, the 22-year-old Trevose, Bucks County man had $35.46 in his bank account. The next day, he had nearly $70,000. Over the next month, Bucci spent all but $2,000 of the windfall, buying a used car, a computer, a camera, clothes, furniture and a dog, lawyer Michael Parlow said Friday. "He spent a majority of the money helping family and friends," Parlow said. "He lent money to a lot of people. " Now it's time to repay the bank that made the bookkeeping mistake, and he's trying scrape up the money and stay out of jail.
April 25, 2012
Alleged Center City bank robber arrested * Market Street near 16th, Center City A Hunting Park man was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly robbing a Republic Bank branch in Center City. Christian Stephens, 30, allegedly robbed the bank on Market Street near 16th about 11:35 a.m. and dropped an undisclosed sum of money on the sidewalk. Police said that a bank teller slid Stephens a dye pack along with the money and it exploded when he stepped outside the bank. He fled the bank and was arrested on 18th Street near Callowhill, police said.
September 22, 2011
Cops, FBI seek gunman in 2 bank robberies * JP Morgan Chase bank, Klockner Road, Mercerville, N.J. Police and the FBI are searching for a man who they say robbed a bank near Trenton in November and then shot a teller when he robbed the same bank in August. Jeffrey Lynn Garrett Jr., 34, walked into the JP Morgan Chase bank on Klockner Road in Mercerville on Aug. 23 and shot a bank teller in her stomach before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
August 24, 2011
HAMILTON, N.J. - Authorities say a robber shot a bank teller Tuesday before making off with cash shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the JP Morgan Chase bank in Hamilton Township. Bank robberies generally do not involve gunfire. The FBI says the robber approached the teller counter, waved and pointed a silver revolver at the teller, and fired. He escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was described as a black male who was wearing a black baseball cap, blue jeans, dark glasses, black gloves, tan work boots, and a dark-blue, long-sleeve shirt.