August 10, 1990 |
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.
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.
July 18, 1993 |
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?
January 26, 2008 |
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.
May 27, 1989 |
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.
January 29, 2002 |
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.
October 17, 1995 |
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.
April 30, 1992 |
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.
December 6, 1993 |
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.
January 29, 1986 |
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.