September 4, 2011 |
NEW DELHI - When her husband died suddenly of a heart attack, Rukmani Devi and her oldest son went to the local government offices so the state pension checks - her only source of income - could be shifted to her name. The clerk in the pension office knew Devi's husband, a retired food inspector living in the northern city of Lucknow. He listened compassionately as she told of her grief and her need for the money, which would total about $240 a month. He gave her some paperwork, and told her to come back.
January 15, 1988 |
State government officials over the past two decades - a period that spanned both Republican and Democratic administrations - have done much to enhance Pennsylvania's reputation as a state specializing in official corruption. Some major figures who have run afoul of the law: State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer and former state Republican chairman Robert W. Asher were convicted in December 1986 in a bribery-conspiracy case. They were among seven people nailed in a scheme to award a multimillion-dollar data-processing contract to a fly-by-night California company.
January 17, 2011
YESTERDAY, the same Tumi luggage that Carl Greene bought for 19 of his PHA managers was going for an opening bid of $605 on Ebay. You could buy it outright for $710. PHA interim chief Michael Kelly did the right thing when he demanded PHA staffers who had received the swag from Greene to return the bags; so far, of the 15 still employed at PHA, all but two have opted to return them instead of reimbursing the agency. It's unclear whether Nordstrom's, where Greene bought them, will accept them in return.
October 1, 2004
Philadelphia City Hall is a swamp. Inside the swamp lurk thieves, schemers, racketeers and extortionists who work the levers of power right up to the mayor's office to bilk the public and enrich themselves. Even the staunchest defender of Mayor Street would be hard-pressed to avoid that conclusion after reading the seven indictments handed down Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan. In June, Street ally Ronald A. White and former city treasurer Corey Kemp, a Street appointee, were indicted along with 10 others in a broad federal corruption investigation.
August 14, 1995 |
James Ryan was the key, investigators say. It was Ryan who carried the virus of corruption from the Police Department's now notorious 39th District into the Highway Patrol. It was Ryan who told members of the department's most prestigious outfit, with its jodhpurs and boots and strutting pride, about the easy money the boys in the 39th were making. Or so goes the story that reliable sources in the department are now revealing. The pattern of stealing drugs and money from dealers, rigging cases by illegal searches and seizures, planting drugs on suspects, and racking up overtime pay by showing up in court to testify against the fall guys was already well-established in the 39th when Ryan arrived there, sources say. Ryan, the 17-year veteran cop who has admitted his role in the corruption, fell into the pattern himself, and then took it back to the Highway Patrol when he was reassigned there about four years ago, sources said.
April 9, 1991 |
Six current or former Chester City officials and a Chester contractor were charged yesterday with offenses ranging from racketeering to theft as the result of a Delaware County grand jury's investigation into city corruption. In separate investigations, the grand jury recommended that charges be brought against former and current officials of the Chester Redevelopment Authority and the city's Resource Recovery Authority, which the panel described as "a study in administrative bumbling and corruption.
May 5, 2005 |
The jury in the City Hall corruption case spent another day deliberating the charges against former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp and four others yesterday and recessed again without reaching a verdict. Jurors were not believed to have sent any new notes to the judge yesterday. The jury is due back at the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia this morning for a 17th day of deliberations. The jury began weighing the charges on April 13. But after 11 days of discussions, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson removed a juror last week and replaced her with an alternate.
April 15, 1990 |
Charlie Hund was 21 and "all spitshined up and ready to save the world" on his first night as a Philadelphia police officer when he and his partner were dispatched to a Kensington junkyard. But Hund wasn't going to save the world that night in 1971. There at the junkyard, amid rusty hunks of metal and scrap iron, were other cops and their sergeant - playing poker and guzzling beer and whiskey - while still other officers were taking turns with a woman in the back of a police wagon.
January 16, 2005 |
Something is sickeningly familiar about the Armstrong Williams story. But what sickens isn't what Americans seem to be talking about. They don't seem to be talking about their part in the story. Somehow the fact that the White House paid a conservative black syndicated columnist and talk-show host $240,000 to shill on the air for the No Child Left Behind act quickly became a "media story. " It didn't become a story about corruption within a manipulative government. It didn't become a story about bribery and propaganda.
August 12, 1990 |
The Monroe Township Council emerged from a 90-minute closed-door session at 11:50 p.m. Monday and voted to form a committee to investigate allegations of official corruption that were raised during the June primary. The council will decide which of its members will serve on the committee at a special public meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Campaign fliers charged that several township officials had "misused funds for the benefit of a private entity. " Council President Dan Marchisello and Councilwoman Kathleen Simon, two of the officials named, were defeated in their Democratic primary elections.