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March 28, 1996 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The man who built the Seafood Shanty Restaurants from a single 20-seat eatery to a 14-restaurant chain, only to file for bankruptcy in 1990 and then go out of business, has been arrested on charges of fraud and writing bad checks totaling $65,175.57. Joseph C. Gentile, 57, of the 1000 block of Colonial Drive, Newtown Township, was charged yesterday following an investigation by Upper Makefield Police. Gentile is accused of writing a check for $75,600 on a nonexistent account at the Bank of Mid-Jersey in Bordentown last November, then depositing it Nov. 27 into the account of Shanty Properties at the Meridian Bank Branch in Washington Crossing, police said.
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November 16, 2001 | By Mark Stroh INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Philadelphia man police say was among the ringleaders of a check-fraud scheme that netted as much as $5 million now faces two to four years in prison after being sentenced yesterday in Montgomery County Court. Miguel L. Bell, 26, of the 8000 block of Rugby Street, pleaded guilty in February to a corrupt-organizations charge. Judge William T. Nicholas said he also expected a restitution order to be filed in the case. The ring's kingpin, Antoine Norman, already has been sentenced to 18 to 59 months in jail and ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution.
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September 4, 2002 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Valley Forge lawyer who lectures across the country on special-education law, was charged yesterday with defrauding two more families with special-needs children who sought his help. Philip M. Stinson Sr., 37, a lawyer since 1993 who himself has a special-needs son, was also charged in May with misusing more than $30,000 intended for two client families. Only one of those families has recovered all of its money. "He takes advantage of parents who are in very difficult situations," said Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Rotella, who filed the theft charges.
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August 24, 2011 | Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida appeals court Tuesday denied a request that would have stopped Casey Anthony from being forced to start a one-year probation sentence for check fraud by the end of the week. The appeals court disagreed with Anthony's argument that enforcing the probation order would violate the constitutional prohibition on double jeopardy. Anthony maintains she already completed the probation sentence in jail while awaiting trial on murder charges in the 2008 death of her daughter, Caylee, 2. Tuesday's ruling upheld a lower court's order requiring Anthony to report to a Florida probation office no later than noon Friday.
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March 10, 2000 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Americans wrote more checks than ever last year - 68 billion, or roughly one a day for every adult. Those checks - and the account data each check carries printed on its face - make a tempting target for thieves and counterfeiters. Yet while checks are ever more popular, check fraud varies in intensity from year to year as thieves and security experts take turns exploiting new trends in technology - including cheap office supplies that lend themselves to counterfeiting. American banks spent $512 million covering innocent customers' fraud-related check losses in 1997, the last year for which data were compiled by the American Bankers Association.
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March 16, 2013 | Breaking News Desk
Cherry Hill Police have released surveillance photos of a trio of suspects that purchased items using credit cards stolen from vehicles at a local gym. The trio - two women and a man - stole pocketbooks and purses this year from a fitness club on Route 70 in Cherry Hill by breaking windows of cars. The suspects then used the stolen credit cards at stores and pharmacies in South Jersey and Northeast Philadelphia, according to police. These trio is also suspected of committing check fraud at various banks in South Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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July 19, 2002 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Main Line lawyer who failed to show up for his own trial on bad-check charges on Tuesday found himself behind bars yesterday. Philip Stinson, 37, of Bryn Mawr, who specializes in special-education law, was greeted by sheriff's deputies after he arrived at the Delaware County Courthouse for his arraignment on three other cases that involved allegations of misuse of clients' money and alleged check fraud. Stinson was taken to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County.
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March 16, 2000 | By Matt Archbold, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Investigators in Montgomery County revealed yesterday that Commonwealth and PNC Banks, besides First Union, were targets of the check-fraud and forgery ring that allegedly has raided accounts throughout the region of hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of dollars. The information came to light after a low-level member of the ring was arrested for trying to cash two counterfeit checks worth about $2,000 in Delaware County, said Plymouth Township Detective Jeffrey McGee, whose department has played a pivotal role in the investigation.
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October 21, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
This story has been updated. An Audubon woman has been charged with looting $9,400 from a South Jersey competitive cheerleading squad to help what she believed was a man she had met through an online dating site, police said Friday. "She got scammed," Audubon Police Detective Tim Stillman said of Susan Loberto, who, until her arrest Tuesday, was treasurer of the Oaklyn Cats Cheerleading Club. Loberto, 50, told police she met a man through Chemistry.com about a month ago and became emotionally involved with him. The man told her he was from Pennsylvania but was on a construction project in Africa, she said.
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June 12, 1986 | By Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
Raymond Robinson, Tyrone Gaye, Thomas London, James Lee, James Leon and James Simpson went into the Clover Store on West Chester Pike in Havertown last week but only James Simmons came out. Simmons, 27, of Yeadon, was apprehended for retail theft when he tried to get a refund at the store on an electric blanket that security officers said they saw him take off the shelf. But as a result of his arrest, police said Simmons has told them that he can now sort out who he really is. Haverford Sgt. Charles Brooks said Simmons has used all of the names listed above, and with each name, Simmons had a different date of birth and Social Security number.
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March 16, 2013 | Breaking News Desk
Cherry Hill Police have released surveillance photos of a trio of suspects that purchased items using credit cards stolen from vehicles at a local gym. The trio - two women and a man - stole pocketbooks and purses this year from a fitness club on Route 70 in Cherry Hill by breaking windows of cars. The suspects then used the stolen credit cards at stores and pharmacies in South Jersey and Northeast Philadelphia, according to police. These trio is also suspected of committing check fraud at various banks in South Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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October 21, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
This story has been updated. An Audubon woman has been charged with looting $9,400 from a South Jersey competitive cheerleading squad to help what she believed was a man she had met through an online dating site, police said Friday. "She got scammed," Audubon Police Detective Tim Stillman said of Susan Loberto, who, until her arrest Tuesday, was treasurer of the Oaklyn Cats Cheerleading Club. Loberto, 50, told police she met a man through Chemistry.com about a month ago and became emotionally involved with him. The man told her he was from Pennsylvania but was on a construction project in Africa, she said.
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October 20, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Audubon woman has been arrested and charged with looting $9,400 from the account of a South Jersey competitive cheerleading squad to send money to a man she met at an online dating site, police said. "She got scammed," Audubon Police Detective Tim Stillman said of Susan Loberto, who, until her arrest, had been treasurer of the Oaklyn Cats Cheerleading Club. Police said Loberto, 50, became involved with a man who claimed to be from Pennsylvania she met at Chemistry.com. The man told Loberto that he was on a construction project in Africa and that he was having problems accessing his bank account.
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August 24, 2011 | Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida appeals court Tuesday denied a request that would have stopped Casey Anthony from being forced to start a one-year probation sentence for check fraud by the end of the week. The appeals court disagreed with Anthony's argument that enforcing the probation order would violate the constitutional prohibition on double jeopardy. Anthony maintains she already completed the probation sentence in jail while awaiting trial on murder charges in the 2008 death of her daughter, Caylee, 2. Tuesday's ruling upheld a lower court's order requiring Anthony to report to a Florida probation office no later than noon Friday.
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January 16, 2008 | By Diane Mastrull INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Voorhees man with close to 20 convictions, many of them related to check fraud, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to operating a multimillion-dollar stolen-check ring with victims ranging from major corporations to an elderly Bucks County resident. Cornell Goodman, 39, faces a mandatory two years in prison on top of 110 to 137 months as recommended by federal sentencing guidelines. With a criminal record dating to 1987, Goodman most recently had been sentenced in 1996 to 71 months in prison followed by five years' supervised release.
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August 10, 2004 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia man who said he joined a counterfeit-check ring to avoid becoming homeless met his goal in an unexpected way: He landed in jail. Yesterday, Robert Thomas, 38, an underling in a fraudulent-check scheme that operated in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft by unlawful taking. Authorities said the operation netted more than $100,000, a figure likely to grow as the investigation continues.
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September 4, 2002 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Valley Forge lawyer who lectures across the country on special-education law, was charged yesterday with defrauding two more families with special-needs children who sought his help. Philip M. Stinson Sr., 37, a lawyer since 1993 who himself has a special-needs son, was also charged in May with misusing more than $30,000 intended for two client families. Only one of those families has recovered all of its money. "He takes advantage of parents who are in very difficult situations," said Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Rotella, who filed the theft charges.
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July 19, 2002 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Main Line lawyer who failed to show up for his own trial on bad-check charges on Tuesday found himself behind bars yesterday. Philip Stinson, 37, of Bryn Mawr, who specializes in special-education law, was greeted by sheriff's deputies after he arrived at the Delaware County Courthouse for his arraignment on three other cases that involved allegations of misuse of clients' money and alleged check fraud. Stinson was taken to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County.
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November 16, 2001 | By Mark Stroh INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Philadelphia man police say was among the ringleaders of a check-fraud scheme that netted as much as $5 million now faces two to four years in prison after being sentenced yesterday in Montgomery County Court. Miguel L. Bell, 26, of the 8000 block of Rugby Street, pleaded guilty in February to a corrupt-organizations charge. Judge William T. Nicholas said he also expected a restitution order to be filed in the case. The ring's kingpin, Antoine Norman, already has been sentenced to 18 to 59 months in jail and ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution.
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April 27, 2001 | By Lee Drutman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Antoine Norman, 26, was sentenced yesterday to 18 to 59 months in prison for masterminding an elaborate check-fraud scheme that bilked local banks out of millions of dollars. Montgomery County Court Judge William T. Nicholas also ordered Norman to pay restitution for part of the $1.8 million his operation stole from First Union Bank. Norman and six other top members of the check-fraud ring will have to split $1.7 million in restitution payments. Four of them remain to be sentenced.
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