June 25, 2016
Eighteen people were arrested Wednesday in connection with a check-kiting scheme that defrauded 12 banks of nearly $108,000, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said. The individuals were charged with theft by deception and conspiracy. They deposited checks - which drew from closed or fake accounts - so a bank would immediately provide them with a portion of the deposited funds, the prosecutor's office said. The banks later dishonored many of the checks, authorities said. Investigators began tracking the scheme in 2014, when bounced checks in the name of Shameka Scribner, 21, of Browns Mills, surfaced in banks across Burlington County.
March 16, 2013 |
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.
October 21, 2012 |
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.
October 20, 2012 |
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.
August 24, 2011 |
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.
January 16, 2008 |
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.
August 10, 2004 |
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.
September 4, 2002 |
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.
July 19, 2002 |
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.
November 16, 2001 |
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.