August 18, 2014 |
Four people who have had adversarial dealings with a West Oak Lane nonprofit founded by State Rep. Dwight Evans say they have been interviewed by the FBI about the agency, Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp. The earliest reported contact was in November. The most recent was within the last two months. Those interviewed say federal agents asked specific questions about their interactions with the OARC, but there was a suggestion that their interest was broader. "They indicated they were investigating multiple things, but they did not reveal what those were," said one of those interviewed, Peter Meadow, a California lawyer who represented a client, Sadiki Travick, in a contract dispute with OARC.
July 26, 2014 |
Along West Diamond Street about noon Thursday, FBI officers laid out hazmat suits and jars of fingerprint dust. The only thing under investigation, however, was whether they could beat the Strawberry Mansion All-Star Baseball League in a softball game. The feds and the young ballplayers have been challenging each other for the last eight summers in an effort to make city children more comfortable around the authorities. "It was really designed to kill the stigma between kids and law enforcement," said Derrick Ford, founder and head of the Strawberry Mansion All-Star Baseball League.
July 17, 2014 |
A huge black truck with government plates blocked one side of the alley in Camden. A towering red tarpaulin covered the other. In the middle, the FBI and Camden County investigators were at work. Using gloves, helmets, and an excavator, they scoured the alley and searched a basement near North Third and Erie Streets in the city's Cooper's Poynt neighborhood. What, if anything, authorities found remained unknown Tuesday. But a law enforcement source said the operation, led by Camden County authorities, was tied to a decade-old cold case.
June 26, 2014 |
The lawyer handling a defamation suit against The Inquirer filed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife told a judge Tuesday that the FBI had "cleared his client," according to a published report. On Tuesday, the Legal Intelligencer's website attributed the statement to Dion G. Rassius. His comment came during a Common Pleas Court hearing on the newspaper's preliminary objections to the lawsuit. It was unclear what the FBI investigation involved. According to the Legal Intelligencer, Rassius said the probe resulted from an Inquirer series on McCaffery and wife Lise Rapaport.
June 25, 2014 |
FBI agents raided a Fairhill mental health clinic Monday, two months after a former employee sued, claiming she was fired for questioning what she described as fraudulent Medicaid billing. In April, Sheree Brown of Yeadon sued Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic, claiming its administrator, Sandy Acosta, and director, Carlos Matos, who is also a Democratic ward leader in Kensington, pushed her out of a job last year after she voiced her concerns. Federal authorities would not say whether their search of the practice, at 2637 N. Fifth St., was tied to Brown's allegations.
May 23, 2014 |
WHILE ATTORNEYS for men connected to the Jerry Sandusky case advocated for their clients' reputations in a City Hall courtroom yesterday, veterans without jobs or housing fought in a very different way for their reputations at a Veterans Resource Fair six floors below in City Hall's courtyard. The sounds of former soldiers looking for work carried up those six floors and into the fancy courtroom, at times drowning out the voices of lawyers for former Penn State University president Graham Spanier and former FBI director Louis Freeh.
April 13, 2014 |
TULLYTOWN The FBI has cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing for using a Taser on a handcuffed teenager who tried to run away after being arrested on shoplifting charges last year, the Police Department said this week. The incident, which occurred in November at a Walmart store, received widespread attention after an image of the 14-year-old boy's facial injuries was widely circulated on the Internet. The Bucks County District Attorney's Office and the FBI investigated the incident to review the department's use of force.
March 5, 2014 |
An attorney for Gov. Christie's former campaign manager disclosed in a court filing Monday that federal authorities are investigating his client as part of a probe into September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Bill Stepien "is undeniably a subject, if not a target" of the U.S. Attorney's Office's investigation into the traffic jams, attorney Kevin Marino wrote in a brief filed with Superior Court in Trenton. The brief says a subpoena issued by a special legislative committee investigating the traffic jams - which were carried out by Christie allies, allegedly for political payback - violates Stepien's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
February 26, 2014 |
EX-COP Jeffrey Walker walked into court yesterday in a baggy, Army-green prison jumpsuit, his hands cuffed behind his back, his days of proudly donning a Philadelphia police uniform long over. If it seemed a jarring sight, his attorney had some advice: Get used to it. Walker, in admitting that he schemed to rob drug dealers, is cooperating with federal investigators trying to root out other corrupt cops in the Police Department. "There will be a significant amount of indictments - more than I can count at this time," Walker's attorney, Thomas Fitzpatrick, said outside the federal courthouse in Center City after Walker's hearing.
February 24, 2014 |
ANOTHER EX-COP who was accused of wrongdoing on the job is expected to enter a guilty plea in federal court on Monday. Jeffrey Walker, 45, was arrested in an FBI sting in May after he allegedly stole $15,000 from a drug dealer's home. Walker was a 24-year police veteran who had worked in the Narcotics Field Unit for 14 years. After his arrest, he was fired from the department and is now in federal custody. The feds slapped him with charges of attempted robbery and of carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.