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.
May 5, 2016 |
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.
April 6, 2016 |
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.
March 13, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 22, 2015 |
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.
December 3, 2015 |
Once captain of Wissahickon High School's basketball team and a criminal justice major at the University of Maryland, Justin Lee stood before a federal judge Tuesday to apologize for his role in one of the largest contracting and bribery cases to emerge from the Iraq War. Lee, caught in what he called a "culture of corruption," said he knew right from wrong. He said he wanted to please his father, absent from Lee's childhood and described by prosecutors as the mastermind behind a scheme that brought in millions.
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.