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August 10, 1990 | By Donna Abu-Nasr, Inquirer Staff Writer
A home repair and remodeling contractor who stole $22,803 from 26 people, two churches and the Baptist Women's Center pleaded guilty yesterday to theft by deception and securing execution of documents by deception, prosecutors said. Assistant District Attorney Denis Cohen said that Arnold Warren, 61, who owns the Leonard & Son Construction Co., cheated the victims between Nov. 29, 1987, and Sept. 18, 1989, by taking deposits for work to be done and then failing to do the work. Cohen said most of the individual victims were in their 60s, 70s and 80s and lived in North and West Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013
*  "DECEPTION. " 10 p.m. Monday, NBC10. "REVENGE. " "Scandal. " And now "Deception. " I'm not sure who's naming TV shows these days - perhaps the same people who christen perfumes? - but if you're trying to distinguish NBC's new drama about Rich and Powerful People With Secrets from the ones that are already on ABC, the title "Deception" is probably not going to be much help. Which could be the point. Like the covers of paperbacks at the airport, a generic-sounding title may signal fans of a certain kind of prime-time soap that what's inside is meant for them.
NEWS
July 18, 1993 | By Carlin Romano, Inquirer Book Critic
THE VARNISHED TRUTH Truth Telling and Deceiving in Ordinary Life By David Nyberg University of Chicago Press. 244 pp. $22.50 Do you bluntly tell your Aunt Edna when her Eggs Benedict taste like Eggs Broccoli? Have you ever called in sick because you wound up the night before in the wrong bed - or state? Do you think you owe it to your significant other to point out every physical blemish, exasperating habit or mental failing? Feel guilty about any of that?
BUSINESS
January 26, 2008 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's attorney general yesterday filed to freeze the assets of Pure Weight Loss, a now-defunct diet chain based in Horsham, and of Vahan Karian, the company's owner. Karian is accused of misappropriating consumer funds from Pure Weight Loss for his own benefit and of diverting money to other businesses. "We feel this is an important step in safeguarding these assets," said Nils Frederiksen, deputy press secretary for the Attorney General's Office. Karian, he said, filed personal liens against Pure Weight Loss beginning in October "which in bankruptcy court placed him ahead of consumers to the tune of approximately $250,000.
NEWS
May 27, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
If famous showman P.T. Barnum was correct in assuming "there's a sucker born every minute," then the Pennsylvania Fair at Philadelphia Park Race Track has apparently seen more than a few recently. Pennsylvania State Police raided the fair early Thursday night and confiscated seven "rigged" carnival games and arrested eight people who were charged with theft by deception. According to Trooper Thomas Taylor, who works out of State Police headquarters in Harrisburg, a few officers played the games for several days and picked out the "worst offenders," before making the raid.
NEWS
January 29, 2002 | By Rita Giordano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Pennsauken man admitted yesterday in state Superior Court in Camden County to being part of a 29-person insurance fraud. Luis Ruiz, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit theft by deception, state Attorney General David Samson announced. Ruiz said he had worked with the others to stage automobile accidents around Camden County in 1996 and submit claims totaling nearly $97,000 to five insurers. The man accused of being the ring's coleader, John Groff, also of Pennsauken, has posted $50,000 bail and is awaiting trial, said Scott Patterson, a deputy state attorney general.
NEWS
October 17, 1995 | By Shawna McCoy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A local chiropractor and his office manager were indicted yesterday on charges that they bilked nine insurance companies of more than $100,000 in fraudulent medical payments. Dr. M. Michael Moore, 50, and Anita Karbett, 30, were charged by a Camden County grand jury with theft by deception, conspiracy and attempted theft by deception, said acting Camden County Prosecutor Joseph F. Audino. Moore owns the Chiropractic Care Center in the 300 block of Haddon Avenue and is the principal practitioner there.
NEWS
April 30, 1992 | By Mike Franolich, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Cherry Hill's zoning officer was one of nine people charged yesterday with filing $55,000 in bogus insurance claims involving phony car thefts and accidents, authorities said. Joseph Tilelli, 40, zoning officer since 1990 and a special police officer since the late 1970s, was indicted by a Camden County grand jury with his stepson, Sean Murphy, 19, authorities said. The two men, both from Cherry Hill, were charged with theft by deception and conspiracy, said Elizabeth Williamson, spokeswoman for the county prosecutor.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1993 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Back when Andie MacDowell and company were making Deception - a deflated souffle about a housewife chasing down caches of cash and globe-hopping from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean - the movie was called Ruby Cairo. The producers, clearly realizing that their title made little sense (Ruby was the affectionate nickname given to the heroine by her husband, but everyone calls her Bessie, and her last name is Faro), changed it to Deception. Which itself is pretty deceptive, because it suggests something shadowy and suspenseful, two things the movie is decidedly not. The aptest title for this humorless endeavor, which snuck into a single area theater on Friday, would be Dead Men Don't Write Checks, a sage observation repeated several times over as MacDowell's Bessie flits around Mexico, Greece, Germany and Egypt.
NEWS
January 29, 1986 | By LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
Ron Perlstein, Jeweler's Row diamond seller who rode to cult-figure status on his "Go Sell It in Hong Kong" commercial, has been charged with 213 counts of consumer fraud, the district attorney's office announced today. Perlstein, 34, who opened his 801 Sansom Street store in November 1981, has agreed to turn himself in to law enforcement officials sometime this week, DA spokeswoman Cheryl Stein said this morning. He is charged with 213 counts of deceptive business practices, 213 counts of securing execution of documents by deception, and counts of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and tempering with records, Stein said.
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NEWS
May 27, 2015
LYING TO GET sex has been going on since Adam ate the proverbial apple. It will never stop. But wouldn't it be great if there was somewhere that a burned lover could turn to if she discovered that the man who told her he was childless not only had a 10-year-old, but also a pregnant side jawn? Or if the person they're sleeping with showed them photos of a beautiful home he claimed to own but in reality was living in his parents' basement? In other words, wouldn't it be great if a woman duped into having sex could have the jerk arrested?
BUSINESS
March 13, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Federal Trade Commission sued DirecTV in federal court on Wednesday, claiming deceptive advertising by failing to adequately disclose price increases in the second year of two-year pay-TV contracts and hundreds of dollars in early-cancellation fees. The satellite TV operator also does not clearly tell subscribers that they have to cancel premium channels when free promotion periods end or they will be charged for the channels, the government claimed in the suit, filed in San Francisco.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
PHILLY'S ONCE high-flying Don Tollefson was hauled away in handcuffs yesterday after a Bucks County jury found him guilty of theft, fraud and deception for fleecing hundreds of people out of phony sports-travel packages. After the verdict was read, Tollefson was remanded to prison, where he is being held on $350,000 bail. Escorted from court by four sheriff's deputies, Tollefson asked the media to respect his family's privacy. "I'll continue to work to be sober and a better person in any way I can, wherever I am," he said.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has forced a retail chain, USA Discounters, to pay $400,000 and a mortgage lender, Amerisave Mortgage Corp., and its owner to pay more than $20 million in refunds and penalties for deceptive charges imposed on service members and home buyers, the agency said this week. The CFPB said Amerisave used a deceptive "bait-and-switch" scheme, luring customers with mortgage rates available only to people with an unusually high FICO credit score of 800 - even when they had entered a lower score on a referral site that led to Amerisave.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie started off as something else altogether: a celebration, not an indictment, a documentary about Lance Armstrong's 2009 Tour de France comeback try. Four years after announcing his retirement from professional cycling - a profession that had netted the Texas sports icon a record seven consecutive Tour de France wins - Armstrong was back in the race. And Gibney, the Oscar-winning documentarian ( Taxi to the Dark Side ), was invited along for the ride.
NEWS
June 19, 2013
World War II combat veteran Ray White wept on the witness stand Tuesday at the Criminal Justice Center as he testified that he lost his South Philadelphia house and vintage automobiles in a deception scheme. Asked what had brought him to the preliminary hearing, White pointed to the defendant, Melvin "Mac" Mcilwaine. After seven months of being acquainted with Mcilwaine, "I had become a homeless veteran," White testified. "I started to feel extremely depressed. I had no more money.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
If you only know Ricky Jay from his side career - as a character actor looming like a sinister talisman in the films of David Mamet, and in other work requiring an enigmatic and sometimes menacing presence - then you don't know the man at all. Molly Bernstein's Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay will remedy the situation. A charmingly seductive portrait of one of the great illusionists and card magicians of our time (and perhaps of any time), the documentary spans Jay's remarkable career, from beaming boy - he was little Richard Jay Potash, of Brooklyn, entertaining friends and family with his magic act - to the contented gent he is today.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania will pay a $5 million fine for alleged deceptive practices in the marketing and implementation of overdraft payment and other programs, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said. Citizens Bank did not admit or deny liability. As part of the agreement, the bank also agreed to pay a total of $1.4 million to 75,000 affected customers for the alleged violations of Federal Trade Commission regulations on unfair or deceptive acts between January 2008 and November 2011, the FDIC said.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
Twin corruption probes into the Bensalem Township School District have resulted in 20 arrests, including several district employees. Bensalem Township detectives received anonymous tips last year that led to the investigations. Court documents filed today described two brazen schemes, one of which ran for more than a decade. The first involved ghost employees on the school district's grounds keeping crew. Shannon Dyer, 39, and Tony Ruggerio, 28, received full paychecks and "an excessive amount of overtime" but were almost never seen at work.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013
*  "DECEPTION. " 10 p.m. Monday, NBC10. "REVENGE. " "Scandal. " And now "Deception. " I'm not sure who's naming TV shows these days - perhaps the same people who christen perfumes? - but if you're trying to distinguish NBC's new drama about Rich and Powerful People With Secrets from the ones that are already on ABC, the title "Deception" is probably not going to be much help. Which could be the point. Like the covers of paperbacks at the airport, a generic-sounding title may signal fans of a certain kind of prime-time soap that what's inside is meant for them.
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