August 3, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Former state Treasurer Barbara Hafer and Chester County businessman Richard W. Ireland told a federal judge Monday that they were innocent of corruption charges. Magistrate Judge Susan Schwab, who presided over the arraignments here, set a preliminary trial date for both defendants of Oct. 4 and released them on recognizance. Hafer is charged with lying to federal agents who were questioning her in a wide-ranging investigation to determine if government contracts were traded for contributions or bribes to politicians, commonly known as pay-to-play schemes.
August 1, 2016 |
When Richard Burgess had a last-minute problem with his Star sailboat, he knew to go to his friend John M. MacCausland. "He was leaving the next day to go to Europe," to race his own Star in Kiel, Germany, Burgess said. "But he stayed all night" to repair the boat that Burgess himself needed for a pending East Coast race. "He was always there for you," said Burgess, who began sailing with and against Mr. MacCausland in 1966. On Saturday, July 23, Mr. MacCausland, 82, of Cherry Hill, a former owner of Marine Spars, a Star boat sales company there, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at Arden Courts of Cherry Hill, a memory care community.
July 6, 2016
The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political "corruption" has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week, a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term's most important decision, limited the discretion prosecutors have to criminalize politics. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to prison for unseemly behavior. He accepted from a Virginia businessman gifts and loans valued at more than $170,000. The businessman wanted McDonnell to help promote his dietary-supplement business, including by helping him persuade state universities to study its products.
June 4, 2016 |
Robert W. Engle, 90, of Newtown Square, a businessman and avid sailor, died Friday, May 27, of a stroke at Dunwoody Village. A Lansdowne native, Mr. Engle graduated from East Lansdowne High School in 1944. During the summer, he worked at Combination Pump Valve Co., a specialized valve-making firm founded by his grandfather in 1915. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Engle joined his father, Warren, and brother, Cal, at the valve company, now called CPV Manufacturing Inc. Mr. Engle rose to become president and CEO and took the Kennett Square company international before retiring in 2013.
May 21, 2016 |
Chinatown businessman Yong Quan Zheng, who operated construction and money services businesses, has been charged with dodging state and federal taxes by filing false documents and paying employees - some of them illegal immigrants - in cash. Zheng's attorney, Greg Pagano, could not be immediately reached for comment. The U.S. Attorney said that Zheng, 61, who owned Hong Fai General Contractors, later known as Yong General Contractors, hired employees and paid them in cash from October 2010 through June 30, 2012.
May 5, 2016
Getting caught in a 2011 FBI sting apparently didn't prevent disgraced insider John Estey from grabbing for more. When the FBI gave him $20,000 to bribe Pennsylvania legislators as an undercover informant, he allegedly pocketed $13,000 of it. Estey, who served as Gov. Ed Rendell's chief of staff, is expected to plead guilty as a result of the same investigation that forced another prominent Democrat, former state Treasurer Rob McCord, to admit threatening...
May 5, 2016 |
Hilary Strauss, 88, of Haverford, a businessman, athlete, and volunteer, died Friday, April 29, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. In the 1940s, Mr. Strauss represented Central High School in the Penn Relays and also at city-sponsored swim meets. He was so physically fit that he ran a six-minute mile daily until age 70. He enlisted in the Army during World War II, and was selected for special training at the Virginia Military Institute, where he won the Seventh Army championship in swimming.
April 30, 2016 |
B. Herbert Lee, 92, a businessman and philanthropist and grandson of the founder of the former Lee Tire & Rubber Co., died of respiratory failure Tuesday, April 19, at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. Mr. Lee lived in Haverford and Bryn Mawr before retiring to Waverly Heights in 2008. He also maintained a winter home in Delray Beach, Fla. His family was once well-known as the largest employer in Conshohocken, according to the records of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. His grandfather J. Ellwood Lee created the tire manufacturing operation in 1912 as a spin-off from his J. Ellwood Lee Chemical Co., a maker of medical supplies that merged with Johnson & Johnson in 1905.
April 20, 2016 |
As his family sees it, Mohammed Jabbateh is the very picture of an immigrant success story - a man who fled political turmoil in his native Liberia nearly two decades ago, and established a successful business in Philadelphia and a growing family in the suburbs. Prosecutors beg to differ. They say Jabbateh is hiding here, running from a past in which he led rebel commandos in acts of violence so horrific that a bridge bearing his nom de guerre - "Jungle Jabbah" - still stands in his home country at the site of a brutal attack.
February 27, 2016 |
A Pennsylvania businessman acquitted in a 2011 criminal case that involved a late-night drunken episode inside a hotel room is now suing the Ritz-Carlton near St. Louis where the bizarre incident took place. Daniel T. Hughes, 47, was on a business trip from Conshohocken to Clayton, Mo., when after a long night of drinking he got a key to the wrong room and climbed into bed with a 9-year-old girl. He was charged with child molestation and, three years later, acquitted. Now Hughes is suing the hotel and the company that runs it, Maritz, Wolff & Co., for negligence.