November 11, 2015 |
A former executive of a Philadelphia nonprofit for the homeless was sentenced Monday to 14 months in federal prison for spending taxpayer money on lavish personal expenses. Erica N. Brown, the former chief operating officer for SELF Inc. - which operates nine homeless shelters in the city - used her corporate credit card for more than $75,000 on fancy meals, weekend trips, toys, and even a stretch Hummer limo on Valentine's Day. That money, prosecutors said, should have gone to care for the city's needy.
November 11, 2015 |
Montgomery County bookmaker Joseph "Joe Vito" Mastronardo Jr., known as the "gentleman gambler," died in federal prison Monday in Massachusetts, where he had been sentenced to 20 months for his role as the mastermind of an international multimillion-dollar sports-betting ring. Mastronardo, the son-in-law of the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, was sentenced in February to the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., although his attorney had sought home confinement, citing his client's serious health issues including throat cancer, bouts of pneumonia, and a recent stroke.
September 18, 2015 |
A Montgomery County money manager, who pleaded guilty to a $19 million fraud, on Wednesday was sentenced to just shy of five years in federal prison, with credit for 14 months already served. U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis in Philadelphia imposed a relatively light sentence because Tim Burns helped federal prosecutors secure a conviction in a California fraud case and because the judge was convinced that Burns has potential to lead a law-abiding life after prison. Also, Burns is helping with other investigations, his attorney, Thomas A. Bergstrom, told the judge.
September 12, 2015 |
Before former NFL star Irving Fryar and his mother are sentenced next month for their roles in a $1.2 million mortgage scheme, a New Jersey judge will rule on their lawyers' motions asking for either a verdict reversal or a new trial. Fryar, a wide receiver who played for the Eagles and other teams during his 17-year NFL career, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, formerly of Willingboro, were convicted of conspiracy and theft by deception Aug. 7. Each faces five to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines on Oct. 2 when state Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert is expected to sentence them.
August 19, 2015 |
They hung together through the toughest of times, a sweeping federal investigation, health problems, and a prison term of more than four years. But the end has come for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo and his longtime fiancee, Carolyn Zinni, two years after she picked him up at a federal prison in Kentucky and drove him to the 33-room Victorian mansion they shared in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia. "Regrettably, Carolyn and I have split," Fumo, 72, wrote Monday in an email.
August 14, 2015 |
A TAX PREPARER who falsely listed foster and disabled kids as dependents on clients' tax returns, defrauding the IRS of millions of dollars, was sentenced yesterday to seven years, 10 months in federal prison. Dauda Koroma, 43, worked at Medmans Financial Services in Southwest Philly. He was one of nine people charged in the case. Koroma, a citizen of Sierra Leone, pleaded guilty in October to charges of conspiracy, filing false tax returns, fraud and aggravated identity theft.
July 24, 2015 |
Not even a stint in a Kentucky prison cell could stop serial counterfeiter and forger Kenneth Hampton from engaging in one of Philadelphia's oldest real estate scams, federal prosecutors said. In an indictment unsealed Tuesday, Hampton, 54, was charged with recruiting three family members in a scheme to steal two West Philadelphia rowhouses by filing fraudulent deeds with the city's Department of Records. All told, investigators say, Hampton caused $87,000 in losses and kept potential property buyers tied up in court for months.
July 22, 2015 |
A former executive of a prominent Philadelphia nonprofit for the homeless was sentenced Monday to 11/2 years in federal prison for spending charity funds on car repairs, theme park trips, and dining at some of the city's priciest restaurants even as his clients struggled to feed and house themselves. Nathaniel E. Robinson, 63, once the chief program director at SELF Inc., which operates nine homeless shelters in the city, used his corporate credit card to rack up more than $154,000 in personal charges, using money that should have gone to care for the needy.
July 19, 2015 |
The head of a cocaine-smuggling operation that used US Airways baggage handlers to move the product through Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced Friday to 25 years in federal prison. Edwin Fernandez, 37, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty in January just minutes before his case was set to go to trial on allegations that his operation smuggled more than 330 pounds of cocaine into the country from the Dominican Republic between November 2011 and July 2012. "We're talking about dozens of kilograms of cocaine," Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney said.
July 15, 2015
EVEN the president of the NAACP isn't immune from being racially profiled. Yesterday at the 106th Annual NAACP Convention, Cornell William Brooks shared stories of driving while black, once with his two sons in the back seat. "When you are racially profiled day in and day out, when you've been pulled over close to 20 times without getting a ticket, without getting any kind of a warning, and simply being asked, 'Why are you in this neighborhood?' 'What do you do for a living?' and 'Why are you out this late at night?