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February 4, 1994 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Richard H. Rossmiller, the man considered the biggest individual borrower in the nation's savings-and-loan scandal and to whom Montgomery County's Hill Financial Savings Association lent more than $100 million before collapsing, was sentenced yesterday to more than four years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $10 million. "You have a lot of talent, you have ambition," U.S. District Judge Joseph L. McGlynn Jr. told Rossmiller. "I don't think there's any question that you can be a successful, productive citizen when you again get that opportunity.
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May 15, 1990 | BY ANN SCHWARTZMAN
The city and the state need to adopt and implement a strong earned time/ good program to begin to combat the escalating prison crisis. If the city does not want to be limited by the provisions in a state bill, it may have only weeks in which to act. Earned time/good time works by providing additional control to corrections staff and incentives to inmates to learn societal rules and new skills. Also it helps combat overcrowding in a responsible, systemized way. Earned time/good time is not an automatic release, nor is it a guarantee.
NEWS
February 28, 2013
An inmate has killed a guard at a federal prison in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Prison officials say that Monday night at the Canaan penitentiary in Waymart, about 20 miles northeast of Scranton, Correctional Officer Eric Williams was working in a housing unit when an inmate attacked him with a homemade weapon. Williams was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. The Bureau of Prisons says Williams is the first federal corrections officer killed on the job in nearly five years.
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October 1, 1997 | By Larry Lewis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The clock struck midnight yesterday for a New Jersey business executive who used $12 million he embezzled from his employer over eight years to amass one of the world's finest collections of antique European timepieces. Francis X. Vitale Jr., 53, who was a senior vice president of the Engelhard Corp. in Iselin in Middlesex County, pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden to diverting the money and buying precious old clocks. Prosecutors said Vitale owned more than 140 rare clocks, some dating to the 17th century, some worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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September 18, 1999 | by Joseph R. Daughen, Daily News Staff Writer
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons is looking for more than a few good men - and women - to staff its new federal jail at 7th and Arch streets. The 11-story, $90 million Philadelphia Metropolitan Detention Center, scheduled to be completed in December, will need at least 301 workers, said Florentino Morlote, executive assistant at the center. To fill some of those positions, the bureau is holding a job fair Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Clarion Suites, 1010 Race St. "We're hoping to fill about 55 percent of the positions, 165 jobs, with people who live in and near the community where the detention center is," said Morlote.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A former corrections officer was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for accepting $3,600 in bribes to smuggle contraband into a federal prison in South Jersey. U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb imposed the sentence on Job Brown, 39, of Bridgeton, in a hearing at federal court in Camden. Brown previously pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of bribes by a public official. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Brown, an officer at the Fairton federal prison, accepted the bribes to smuggle cigarettes and vitamin supplements to an inmate at the facility in Fairfield Township, Cumberland County.
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July 19, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 25, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Chester County man who stoked terrorism fears when he crashed his Jeep through a locked fence and onto runways at Philadelphia International Airport in March was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in federal prison. Kenneth R. Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, blamed the March 1 incident on what he said were delusions caused by an addiction to the behavioral drug Adderall. "I was operating in a different space and time," he told U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg. The judge acknowledged that Mazik was possibly in a drug-induced psychosis at the time.
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October 24, 2012 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Convicted mobster Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino - the father of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino - died Monday in a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. The elder Merlino was 73 and had spent the last quarter century behind bars. The federal Bureau of Prisons listed his potential release date as August 2016. Local attorney Joseph Santaguida confirmed Merlino's death on Tuesday, but offered little other information. He said simply that Merlino had been "sick for a while.
NEWS
September 20, 2011 | Staff Report
A Bucks County doctor has been sentenced to 34 months in federal prison for operating a $5 million diet drug "pill mill" in Northeast Philadelphia. Christopher Vassalluzzo, 47, of New Hope, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, structuring, aggravated structuring, conspiracy to commit tax evasion, and tax evasion. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Vassalluzzo ran a "pill mill" from his office in the Holme Circle section, netting more than $5 million by illegally distributing prescriptions for controlled substance diet drugs.
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July 2, 2016
A 44-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in federal prison for his role in a burglary ring that targeted affluent neighborhoods in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and four others states, prosecutors said. Daniel "Tokyo" Gatson, of North Bergen, was convicted after a three-week trial in federal court in Newark. He and several co-conspirators took part in at least 27 burglaries and attempted burglaries, netting more than $3.5 million in loot. The burglars would conduct surveillance on a house, and when the residents were gone, they would cut all the wires for phone, cable, and alarm connections.
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June 27, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
It was clear throughout the trial that Chaka Fattah never thought it would happen - never thought it could happen - that he would really lose it all. Through four weeks of damning testimony, the 11-term congressman who had so long dominated the stratosphere of Philly politics came across as all cool confidence and smiles. He smiled after prosecutors explained how he orchestrated an illegal $1 million loan for his floundering 2007 mayoral campaign and then paid it back with stolen money.
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May 8, 2016
A federal judge in Trenton on Friday sentenced a 34-year-old Philadelphia woman to 40 months in federal prison for her role in a massive credit-card fraud scheme, prosecutor said. Vernina Adams, 34, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She was charged in 2013, and since then 18 others have pleaded guilty in connection with the conspiracy to fabricate more than 7,000 false identities and obtain tens of thousands of credit cards.
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May 5, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, STAFF WRITER
A South Jersey man was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 10 years in federal prison for possession of sexually explicit photographs and videos of children. Jeffrey Spicer, 45, of West Wildwood, appeared in U.S. District Court in Camden accused of downloading the pornography on his home computer, cellphone, and a thumb drive that authorities found while executing a warrant in 2014. When authorities served the warrant, Spicer told them he downloaded and received emails from unknown people that contained the pornography, according to court records.
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April 6, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
AROUND 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 14-year-old Donavin Caminero was walking out of his first Sixers game with his mother and his mentor. The Sixers lost, but Caminero was in good spirits. He ate his weight in hotdogs and pizza. He got to spend time with his mom, Jennifer Martinez, who spent three years in federal prison on drug charges, and his mentor, Daniel La Luz, a lawyer who has quickly become his confidante. At the same time on the same Tuesday, another 14-year-old was shot in the back, left bleeding on a West Philadelphia street.
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A Sicklerville man has been sentenced to 75 years in state prison for a 2011 double homicide in Lindenwold, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Friday. James M. Harris, 28, was convicted by a jury in December of two counts of first-degree murder and two weapons offenses in the shooting deaths of Kevin Gould, 24, of Berlin, in Camden County, and Daquan Hines, 22, of Lumberton, Burlington County. Both victims were fatally shot inside a parked gold Toyota Camry outside the Pine Ridge Apartments, 1900 Laurel Road, about 9 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2011.
NEWS
March 6, 2016
A Powelton Village pizza shop worker was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Friday after admitting he collected and traded thousands of sexually explicit images of children. Jose Dany Zacarias-Jaramillo, 29, pleaded guilty to five counts including possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography last year. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations traced his online activity to his workplace, Ed's Buffalo Wings and Pizza at 3513 Lancaster Avenue, after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
NEWS
January 22, 2016
A Bucks County couple were sentenced to federal prison for stealing Social Security benefits intended for a relative who died in 1998, prosecutors said. Roger White, 58, and Audria White-Nunnally, 61, both of New Hope, pleaded guilty in October in federal court in Philadelphia to collecting $68,462 in retirement payments intended for a relative of White. The couple also tried to fool Social Security Administration employees during a visit into believing another elderly relative was the dead relative, prosecutors said.
NEWS
December 24, 2015
The former general manager of the University of Pennsylvania's campus hotel was sentenced to five years in federal prison Tuesday and ordered to repay more than $3 million he bilked from the school. Kenneth Kapikian, 58, of Wayne, pleaded guilty in June to six counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy in June, admitting that he and the hotel's former chief engineer, Dennis Gagliardi, submitted false invoices charging millions to the Sheraton University City Hotel from a washing-machine company they co-owned.
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December 22, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
Qadree Jacobs left federal prison in August after serving 15 years - 40 percent of the 37 years he's lived - for convictions on gun and drug charges. He left the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) last week after completing his first semester. He's going back for more, with plans for an associate's degree in journalism or behavioral sciences. Jacobs was one of nine new college students who gathered last week to talk about the transition from cell to classroom. His 18-year-old son, who is about to graduate from high school, sat with him. Jacobs said he was trying to lead by example.
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