December 19, 1998 |
As lawmakers from both parties argued yesterday over whether perjury meets the definition of a "high crime" that the Constitution says is grounds for impeachment, several members of Congress looked to the criminal lawyer's sentencing guide to pin down the severity of the offense. What Rep. Bill McCollum (R., Fla.) found in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual convinced him that perjury is a greater crime than bribery, which the Constitution lists among the grounds for impeachment.
April 1, 1993 |
The last of five former employees or contractors of the defunct Delaware County Redevelopment Authority charged in a bribery scheme has been sentenced to 10 months in prison and house arrest by a federal judge. Robert Thornton, 61, of Chester, was also placed on two years' supervised release during a hearing Friday before U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner. Weiner found that Thornton did not have the financial ability to pay a fine. Thornton was convicted by a federal jury Jan. 13 on six counts of receipt of a gratuity by a public official and one count of lying to the grand jury.
December 17, 1991 |
A former employee and a former contractor with the defunct Delaware County Redevelopment Authority were sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday to five years' probation for their guilty pleas on bribery charges. Former authority technician Joseph Abate, 65, of Clifton Heights, admitted Sept. 16 that he received $1,200 in cash over a three-year period from Broomall builder James Doyle. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy R. Rice said his office recommended lenient treatment for Abate and Doyle because of their cooperation in the ongoing probe of the redevelopment authority.
January 24, 1990 |
A $60 pair of sneakers cost a Riverside man more than they were worth late last week. Aihan Akcakaya, 30, of Scott Street, was accused of trying to shoplift from the Port's store on Route 130 several weeks ago and then charged Thursday morning with trying to bribe the guards not to testify against him. After being told by Port's guards Charlie Craige and Don Knuth that Akcakaya had offered them $1,000 not to testify against him, the Willingboro...
April 9, 1986 |
Ten purchasing agents and managers from banks, businesses, schools and housing authorities across the nation were indicted by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia yesterday on charges of taking kickbacks from a Montgomery County maintenance-supply company in exchange for buying the company's products. In a continuing commercial-bribery investigation that has resulted in more than a dozen convictions, the grand jury charged that the purchasing agents defrauded their employers by taking the bribes from Eveready Maintenance Supply Inc. The now-defunct company, formerly at 1341 Susquehanna Rd., Rydal, and its owner, Samuel Persky, pleaded guilty to related charges in 1984.
April 22, 1995 |
A South Philadelphia plumbing contractor pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to paying $3,200 in bribes to two Philadelphia Housing Authority officials to help him get emergency plumbing and heating contracts with the authority. Gerald DiCicco, co-owner of Plumb-Town Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of bribery and one count of mail fraud during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert S. Gawthrop 3d. Gawthrop set sentencing for Aug. 23. DiCicco, 46, of the 1000 block of Tasker Street, could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined $250,000 on the bribery count, the more serious of the charges.
October 10, 1990 |
The prosecutor said the former city judge, the lawyer and the judge's longtime sidekick had been involved in bribery. Defense attorneys insisted it was something else. But as the bribery conspiracy trial of former Common Pleas Judge Kenneth S. Harris, attorney Thomas L. McGill Jr. and former bar owner Leon Brown got under way in federal court yesterday, both sides agreed that money was the defendants' driving force "That's what this case is all about - money," federal prosecutor Laura A. Ingersoll told the jury in her opening speech.
May 30, 1986 |
A Common Pleas Court judge yesterday ordered Jerome Lightman, who had been convicted of bribing city employees and illegally dumping hazardous chemical wastes, to begin serving a 1 1/2-to-4-year prison sentence July 29. Judge Curtis Carson refused to reduce Lightman's sentence and gave him 60 days to wrap up his business affairs. Lightman, president of the Lightman Drum Co. of Berlin, Camden County, was convicted in 1981 of 31 counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy for paying $14,000 to two city workers to allow the disposal of toxic-waste drums at the old Fort Mifflin landfill in Southwest Philadelphia between 1972 and 1976.
December 24, 1986 |
Nine numbers writers who were arrested in October along with nine police officers as a result of an undercover police operation pleaded guilty yesterday to paying bribes to seek protection for their gambling operations. In entering their pleas, the nine told Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Stiles that they intended to testify against other defendants in the case. They previously have been called as prosecution witnesses and have testified before a grand jury investigating the case.
October 15, 1988 |
The tape recordings played to the jury were clear but the evidence the jury heard was shaky. Duvalle Everette, 48, a former supervisor at a city Sanitation Department maintenance garage in Southwest Philadelphia, was receiving money from two of his watchmen, who testified they were paying him bribes to get extra overtime last year. The men said Everette agreed not to hire a third worker so they could work additional hours and double their salaries between February and April of 1987.