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June 29, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel, Staff Writer
IN WILLIAM J. O'BRIEN'S eyes, the U.S. government and members of the FBI are a bunch of "liars" and "bullies" who have charged him with drug-related offenses for no legitimate reason. But to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Leahy and her colleagues, O'Brien is a doctor who conspired with the Pagans Motorcycle Club to deal drugs, trade pills for oral sex, and write multiple prescriptions without any type of medical standard or diagnosis. These were the main points in closing arguments in a trial in which O'Brien, who has acted as his own attorney, is accused of 14 counts of drug and related charges, stemming from a "pill mill" he allegedly ran with the motorcycle club.
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June 16, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
In an age where every phone call, every web search, and nearly every purchase can leave a digital record, Amanda De Guio has done what virtually no one can explain. She has disappeared. Completely. It's been almost exactly two years since De Guio, then 24, walked out of her mother's Upper Darby Township apartment and never came back. She left behind her parents, three siblings, and ambitions of becoming a nurse. She took with her a drug problem. Most important, she left behind her two daughters, 2 and 5 at the time.
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June 16, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Steven H. Susson, 54, of Furlong, Bucks County, a special agent with the FBI's Newark (N.J.) Division, died Friday, June 10, of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in New Hope. Mr. Susson, who was off duty, was riding his motorcycle in the 100 block of South Main Street just before 2:17 p.m. when he lost control and it hit a building. He was pronounced dead at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne. Mr. Susson had been a special agent with the FBI since October 1995. For a decade before that, he was a Philadelphia police officer working in various districts, including Center City.
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June 6, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
A real estate investor and campaign contributor to District Attorney Seth Williams' past political campaigns says Williams asked him, "as a favor," to rent his ex-wife a house at a below-market rate three year ago. Robert Herdelin, who owns property in the city, in the suburbs, and at the Jersey Shore, said in an interview that he agreed to rent a 3,056-square-foot, four-bedroom house in Drexel Hill to Sonita Williams for $1,000 per month....
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June 3, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel, Staff Writer
IN A TENSE cross-examination, the Bucks County doctor accused of running a pill mill with the Pagans Motorcycle Club traded verbal blows Thursday with an FBI agent over matters ranging from alleged perjury to oral sex. William J. O'Brien III, who's acting as his own attorney, is facing federal charges in a Philadelphia courtroom that he illegally distributed narcotic painkillers. Prosecutors called FBI Special Agent Joshua Gill to testify about prescriptions O'Brien had written out to several of his patients and display those records to the jury.
NEWS
May 24, 2016
By Adam Bates Our cellular phones, the U.S. Supreme Court recently opined, contain "a digital record of nearly every aspect of [our] lives - from the mundane to the intimate. " Indeed, many of us use our cellphones to privately convey our love, our insecurities, our fears, our locations, and our most sensitive relationships. Yet right now, across the United States, law enforcement agents have secret, unfettered access to all of it, and the government is trying to keep it that way. It was recently revealed that the FBI has been colluding with the Oklahoma City Police Department to conceal the use of equipment capable of powerful, surreptitious, and constitutionally dubious cellphone surveillance.
NEWS
May 16, 2016
ISSUE | CORRUPTIONStung by the FBI John Estey is my neighbor - I know him. There is not a doubt in my mind, whether it meets the definition of entrapment or not, that he would have never been involved in funneling illegal campaign contributions to Pennsylvania legislators as part of an FBI sting operation if he had not been expertly targeted and then tempted ("More shame on Harrisburg - and the FBI," Thursday). He's a good man who was given the use of a Ferrari and then got caught speeding.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
By Bruce S. Marks We have yet another scandal in Harrisburg. This one not only uncovered a corrupt lobbyist but exposes the FBI, which began a curious "pay to play" sting operation when Republicans controlled Pennsylvania state government in 2009. So far, though, only a Democratic power broker, who received a financially lucrative deal and apparently leniency to wear a wire, has been snared. Based on the known facts, the sting operation appears to be a classic example of the federal government threatening our liberties and making things worse, not better.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - John H. Estey, a former top aide to Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, pleaded guilty Tuesday to funneling illegal campaign contributions to Pennsylvania legislators to help a phony company set up by the FBI in an elaborate pay-to-play sting. Estey, a lawyer from Ardmore, pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud committed in 2011, when he was snared in an investigation in which FBI agents posed as businessmen seeking influence with state legislators, according to court documents.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Craig R. McCoy, and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
The pay-to-play investigation that snared political power broker John H. Estey involved an elaborate FBI sting in which agents created a fake Florida recycling company and spent lavishly on lobbyists and campaign contributions to push the firm's agenda in Harrisburg, according to an Inquirer review of records and interviews with sources close to the case. As that phase of the sting unfolded between 2009 and 2011, legislation was even drafted to help the bogus firm and sped through the state Senate, passing unanimously.
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