June 21, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - An Ohio man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he posted an anonymous YouTube video and a follow-up comment claiming to have stolen computer records from the University of Pittsburgh and threatening to release them unless the school's chancellor made a public apology. Alexander Waterland, 24, a Loveland, Ohio, man who worked as a computer specialist for an online prescription-drug service, was released on bond by a federal magistrate in Cincinnati, with the understanding that he will appear before a magistrate in Western Pennsylvania next week, according to U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office in Pittsburgh.
June 20, 2011 |
SCRANTON - Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday in the corruption trial of a northeastern Pennsylvania county commissioner and his former colleague. Lackawanna County Commissioner A.J. Munchak and former Commissioner Robert C. Cordaro are charged in federal court with extortion, racketeering, and conspiracy. The two were charged as part of a larger probe targeting corruption in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. A 41-count indictment accuses them of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from companies seeking county business and extorting companies that held lucrative government contracts.
March 1, 1986
Edwin Guthman certainly is correct about one thing: The recent use of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia to blackmail and harass Fidelity Bank into "public interest" loans is a great example to be examined in the debate in Congress over Legal Services Corporation budget requests (Op-ed Page, Feb. 23). Legal Services money, which is taxed away from U.S. citizens, has long been used to finance class-action suits and to research legal harassment of innocent business firms. In the case of the recent action represented by Henry J. Sommer, a voluntary merger of two banks was threatened by a group that took advantage of authoritarian laws that require banks to "serve the convenience and needs of their communities.
February 20, 2004 |
In a case alleging corruption in the Philadelphia prison system, three current or former corrections officers were indicted yesterday on charges that they got cash from inmates in return for smuggling cell phones, cigarettes and marijuana behind bars. The federal indictment said the scheme enabled inmates to enjoy unmonitored phone calls and smoke cigarettes, which are banned in city prisons, or sell them at a substantial profit to other prisoners. Acting Prison Commissioner Leon A. King II said the case highlighted the very serious problem of contraband in the prisons.
October 17, 1991 |
Rotha Kim wanted to change his image, so he had the tattoo of a scorpion on his arm covered with one of a cobra. "We all had scorpions," said Kim, 21, in a police statement. "But we covered them up with a cobra because everyone was saying our gang was bad. " Yesterday, Kim, of 6th Street near Reed, and two other reputed members of the Scorpion gang of Cambodian refugees were convicted of extorting about $1,000 last year from a South Philadelphia Cambodian businessman. Common Pleas Judge G. Craig Lord deferred sentencing Kim; Son Pech, 25, of Greenwich Street near 5th; and Phu Chim, 20, of Earp Street near 7th, pending motions for a new trial on three counts of extortion, terroristic threats and conspiracy.
December 8, 1993 |
A Chinatown businessman and a retired Philadelphia police officer were indicted yesterday in connection with a scheme to extort more than $50,000 in "protection" money from local massage parlors. The federal grand jury indictment charges John Tom, 42, of the 200 block of North Ninth Street, and Richard Pagliarella, 62, of the 1800 block of Hartranft Street, with conspiracy, extortion and attempted extortion, according to U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles. If convicted on all counts, Tom and Pagliarella face a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and fines of $250,000.
June 9, 1990 |
Three Vietnamese men accused of extorting money from a Chinese restaurant owner were convicted yesterday of extortion, conspiracy, terroristic threats and attempted theft. In a non-jury trial, Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Engel Temin found Hoi Tieu, 20, Hung Lam, 21, and Cuong Diep, 30, guilty of extorting $500 in June 1989 from Ken Hoi Chan, owner of the Joy Tsin Lau Restaurant on Race near 10th Street. Lam, Tieu and Diep are members of a loosely knit street gang that preyed mostly on other Asians, according to Assistant District Attorney Louisa Ashmead.
September 3, 1987 |
Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Harris and two of his alleged accomplices today pleaded innocent to charges by a federal grand jury that they ran an extortion racket from the judge's office. Harris, court employee Conrad Cheeks, whom the grand jury described as Harris' aide, and Thomas Henshaw, an associate of Harris, entered the pleas at an arraignment in U.S. District Court before U.S. Magistrate Tullio G. Leomporra, who allowed all three to be released on their own recognizance. However, Cheeks, 42, of Beverly Road near 75th Avenue, and Henshaw, 56, of 11th Street near Venango, each were required to sign their own $20,000 unsecured bond.