February 19, 2014
WHO NEEDS to sell CDs and downloads when you can strike gold in a real-estate deal gone bad? The New York Post 's Page Six reports that popstress Rihanna has won a multimillion-dollar settlement after some lousy advice from her former accountant left her with a mere $2 million in cash on hand. Filing suit under her real name, Robyn Fenty, in 2012, the singer claimed that bean counter Peter Gounis and the firm Berdon LLP okeydokey'd her purchase of a $7 million Southern California house despite the fact that she was "bleeding cash" in 2009, the year the deal was closed.
February 12, 2014 |
A PHILADELPHIA man will serve more than 10 years in a federal lockup for his role as the mastermind and leader in an elaborate check-cashing scheme, U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez ruled yesterday. Phillip Eric Weems, 36, was sentenced to 10 years, 1 month in prison for forging and counterfeiting checks totaling $1.2 million with the help of 70 accomplices. Weems' organization defrauded and attempted to defraud more than 50 victims, including banks, check-cashing companies and dog breeders, officials said.
February 10, 2014 |
The story at the heart of Kids for Cash - judges taking kickbacks from the developer of a private juvenile detention center, then funneling thousands of children there - happened right in Robert May's backyard. A producer with a New York-based distribution company, SenArt Films, and a track record in both fiction and nonfiction features ( The Station Agent , The War Tapes ), May lives in Franklin Township, Luzerne County. He has two children who were 10 and 13 back in 2009, when news of the scandal broke - not just in Pennsylvania, but also in media outlets around the country.
February 7, 2014 |
"THE HUNGER Games" is just sci-fi, set in a future we'll probably never see. Right? No decent society would allow its leaders to throw working-class teens into a deadly meat-grinder in order to create an authoritarian public spectacle designed to keep the rabble in line. Keep telling yourself that as you watch the hair-raising documentary "Kids for Cash," based on the notorious case of Luzerne County judges convicted of sending juveniles to a new for-profit prison that they endorsed building and whose developer paid them under the table.
February 5, 2014 |
What will they think of me? The question brought Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. to tears. For years, Ciavarella, a former Luzerne County Court judge, had defiantly fought charges that he took kickbacks to sentence thousands of young offenders to private juvenile detention centers. During a moment of reflection while awaiting sentencing for corruption in 2011, Ciavarella broke down, imagining how his own grandchildren would perceive him. "I would hope that they understand that their grandfather screwed up big-time," he said, tears welling in his eyes.
January 16, 2014 |
IT'S NOT UNUSUAL for a casino developer to negotiate a benefits agreement with its neighbors once the casino's license is granted - in 2008, two years after they were awarded the first-ever casino license in Philadelphia, owners of Fishtown's SugarHouse Casino signed one. But Bart Blatstein's Tower Entertainment - which wants to open Provence Casino at Broad and Callowhill streets - has been trying to get an agreement with its neighbors signed,...
January 16, 2014
MICHAEL ZAKROFF, 33, of Southwest Center City, is founder and chief operating officer of CashinMyBag.com, a Narberth-based online retailer. The startup buys preowned authentic designer handbags, shoes, jewelry, accessories, women's apparel and men's fashions for cash and pays 50 percent of an item's online value. Clients can cash in online, drop merchandise off at the Narberth location or arrange a personal house call. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was a hairstylist on the Main Line for 15 years.
January 12, 2014 |
Years after he took money to send them to privately run juvenile detention centers, a former Luzerne County Court judge must now pay former detainees back for violating their civil rights, a federal judge in Wilkes-Barre has ruled. In an opinion released Thursday, U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo cleared the way for about 2,500 plaintiffs to collect damages from Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., one of two former judges convicted in the "kids for cash" corruption scandal. How much Ciavarella will owe will be determined later, Caputo said.
November 21, 2013 |
The Flyers had points in four straight games entering Tuesday, a streak that started when coach Craig Berube put center Vinny Lecavalier on a line with wingers Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn for the first time this season. The trio had combined for six goals and 11 points in that 3-0-1 span before Tuesday's game against Ottawa. All three can play a physical game, and Lecavalier is also a smooth playmaker. "When you get pucks deep and have another physical presence with you up in the rush, it's a lot easier," Simmonds said.
November 18, 2013 |
For years, Omar Sharif Cash honed a reputation for increasingly violent crimes and escaping prosecution. Cash's criminal career ended in spring 2008, in a violent three weeks when he killed a Philadelphia man and, while on the run, carjacked a Bucks County couple, and killed the man and raped his fiancee. He was arrested shortly afterward. On Friday, it took a Philadelphia jury of 10 women and two men barely 90 minutes to sentence Cash to death by lethal injection for the execution-style slaying of a man polishing his car outside a Frankford car wash.