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?
July 10, 2015 |
A military contractor at the center of what the Defense Department has described as the largest contracting and bribery case to come out of the Iraq War was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday. But as George H. Lee Jr. saw it, he did little, if anything, wrong. In a rambling speech to U.S. District Judge Joel H. Slomsky, Lee, 72, a Montgomery County native, said he was remorseful, yet repeatedly denied having done anything to be remorseful for. Despite pleading guilty to bribery this year, Lee rejected prosecution claims that he gave more than $1 million in cash, jewelry, spa treatments, and hotel stays to Army officials who steered $20 million in contracts his way. "I know what I did was wrong, but I just have this feeling that I didn't do anything wrong," he said.
April 24, 2015 |
ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney Robert Livermore told a full courtroom yesterday at a sentencing hearing of two Ironworkers that defendants Francis Sean O'Donnell and Shawn Bailey helped prosecutors discover the extent of the crimes committed by their group, who dubbed themselves the "Shadow Gang. " O'Donnell, 43, and Bailey, 34, were involved in a series of extortions that damaged the work of contractors who had not hired Ironworkers. The "Shadow Gang" would go to nonunion construction sites at night and destroy anchor bolts with sledgehammers, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
April 18, 2015 |
T. Milton Street Sr., the former Pennsylvania state senator who served time in federal prison for unpaid taxes, will remain on the May 19 Democratic primary ballot for mayor, according to Commonwealth Court. A panel of three judges - Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter, Renee Jubelirer Cohn, and Patricia A. McCullough - on Thursday rejected an appeal seeking to remove Street from the ballot because he was registered as an independent when he filed March 10 to run as a Democrat. "There was never any doubt in my mind," said Street, who represented himself in the case.
April 3, 2015 |
JESSE KRIMES, an artist from Lancaster County, was sentenced in 2009 to five years in federal prison for possession of powdered cocaine with intent to distribute. His new neighbors were the Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and other prison gangs. "I thought to myself, 'Where the hell am I?' " said Krimes, 32, a free man since last year, sitting in his Spring Garden studio in Olivet Covenant Church's former Sunday school. "I asked myself, 'How am I going to survive?' " He survived for a year at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., by drawing portraits of gang members, who sent them home to their loved ones.