September 22, 2016 |
A former volunteer photographer for WXPN's "Kids Corner" radio show was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison, after pleading guilty earlier this year to child pornography charges. Mark Wilkens, 50, was found with cocaine and two Hello Kitty girls' socks in his pockets when federal agents arrested him last year at his Lawncrest apartment. In March, he told a federal judge he took dozens of explicit pictures of girls between the ages of 3 and 10 while shooting photos for WXPN-sponsored children's events at the Franklin Institute, Morris Arboretum, and the Camden Children's Garden between August 2010 and July 2015.
September 9, 2016 |
GUESS WHO'S back in Philly - former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes. Yes, you read that correctly. She's home after a nearly two-year stay in federal prison. You'll recall that Tynes famously accepted a $2,000 bracelet during an undercover "sting" operation targeting Philadelphia Democrats from October 2010 to April 2012. After tearfully pleading guilty to a felony count of conflict of interest in 2014, Tynes spent a year and a half in federal custody in Texas.
August 7, 2016
A 24-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced Friday to 4 1/2 years in federal prison on fraud and theft charges. Aaron Dashawn Caple pleaded guilty in April before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. He admitted using social media - specifically Twitter and Facebook - to solicit people to provide him with their bank ATM cards and PIN numbers so he could deposit bad checks into their accounts and withdraw the funds before the banks and other financial institutions realized the checks were bad, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said in a statement.
August 6, 2016 |
Calling the United States the "incarceration capital of the globe," U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) recounted his visit to a federal prison Thursday, telling a Camden audience about an inmate who told him of being locked up for decades for a drug crime. "Who do we incarcerate?" Booker asked the gathering of more than 275 people at Kaighns Avenue Baptist Church, and answered himself: the poor, the mentally ill, minorities, and drug offenders. Booker raised those concerns as he joined U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson to discuss criminal justice reform.
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.
June 27, 2016 |
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.
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.