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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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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.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 11, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 18, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 19, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 14, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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