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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.
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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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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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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.
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July 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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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?
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July 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 24, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
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.
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April 18, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 3, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
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.
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February 26, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WAS AN UNUSUAL dentistry practice. Vernon Morley Jr. traveled to five states, from Texas to Pennsylvania, treating federal prisoners. It might be news to many that the Bureau of Prisons of the U.S. Attorney's Office employed dentists, but that's where Vernon Morley worked for a big part of his career. He was a Navy officer for 42 years, then took immense satisfaction in treating prisoners in federal penitentiaries in Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and New York.
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January 29, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
T. Milton Street Sr., the former state senator who ran for mayor in 2011 while on supervised release after doing time in federal prison, wants Philadelphia voters to know he is no felon. Street, a Democrat now mulling another run for mayor, is incensed that Nia Meeks, a regular panelist on 6ABC's Inside Story , referred to him during Sunday's broadcast as a "former felon. " Street spent 26 months in a federal prison and a halfway house after being convicted on three misdemeanor charges of not paying taxes on $3 million in income.
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December 19, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
A tearful Thomasine Tynes, former president judge of Philadelphia Traffic Court, pleaded guilty Wednesday to pocketing a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet given to her by an undercover agent who secretly taped the exchange as part of a sting. Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Gavin told Tynes that she should have realized before accepting the gift at the Palm restaurant in Center City in 2011, "I'm sitting down to have lunch with a snake. Why am I doing that?" Now, he said, Tynes will be "remembered as someone who sat down with a snake - and you got bit. " The judge also had a few sardonic words for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.
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December 10, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pair of Florida rattlesnake rustlers are headed to federal prison for illegally smuggling snakes, prosecutors said Monday - and yes, some of them were on a plane. Robert Keszey, a star of the erstwhile Discovery Channel show Swamp Brothers , was sentenced Friday to a year behind bars for trafficking in protected snakes captured in the wilds of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. His business partner, Robroy MacInnes, received 18 months in prison at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez.
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