December 19, 2014 |
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.
December 10, 2014 |
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.
November 13, 2014 |
OOPS! Former Philadelphia Police Inspector Daniel Castro was mistakenly let out of federal prison last month and told he could serve the rest of his sentence at his Northeast Philadelphia home. What happened? Well, sources say a U.S. Probation Office revised presentence report omitted key information, which led prison officials to believe Castro was eligible for getting a year knocked off his five-year sentence for completing a prison drug-abuse program. But Castro, 51, wasn't supposed to be eligible for early release because of his violence-related conviction.
October 24, 2014 |
A 25-year-old Chester woman was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison on Wednesday for operating a prostitution business involving young females, including one minor. Rashidah Brice pleaded guilty on Aug. 20, 2013, to charges of sex trafficking of a minor by force and two counts of sex trafficking by force. With her codefendant - Christian Dior Womack, 29 - Brice, who also uses the names "Camille" and "Milly," ran a prostitution business in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Brice and Womack recruited young females to work for them as prostitutes between May 25, 2012, and Feb. 3, 2013.
September 27, 2014 |
After he served his time in federal prison for cheating on his taxes, Sam Kuttab vowed that his days of skating close to the edge were over. "I made a promise to family, my kids," Kuttab said last year. "I do not plan to make another mistake. " Now Kuttab is under federal criminal scrutiny again, a decade after he spent 22 months behind bars for a scheme to evade $1.2 million in taxes. And this time, the Wyncote man is smack in the middle of the FBI's latest probe of Philadelphia judges.
August 8, 2014 |
TWO WEEKS AGO, former Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew may have been breathing a little easier after a federal jury acquitted him of major charges related to an alleged ticket-fixing scandal, although the panel found him guilty of perjury. While Mulgrew, 57, doesn't yet know what sentence he will receive in that case for having lied to a federal grand jury, he learned yesterday that time behind bars will be part of his near future. U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II sentenced Mulgrew to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for defrauding a South Philly nonprofit that he had helped run. "Too often, we are of the mind that public corruption exists, so what?"
June 14, 2014 |
One of two men charged in the Aug. 18, 2012, robbery and slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker pleaded guilty Thursday in a deal that lets him escape life in prison if he cooperates in the prosecution of the alleged shooter. Chancier McFarland, 21, of North Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the predawn shooting of Walker, 40, as he walked to a bus stop after finishing his shift as a turnkey in the 22d District. Walker, a 19-year veteran of the force, was fatally shot about 6 a.m. Surveillance video showed him being confronted by two armed men. McFarland also pleaded guilty to participating in two strong-arm robberies of corner grocery stores on Feb. 28, 2011.
May 11, 2014 |
LAMAR RAYSON, who has lived in federal prison since 2007, wasn't going anywhere for decades. But yesterday, he learned that he's likely to die behind bars. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Alice Dubow sentenced him to 37 1/2 to 75 years in state prison for a 2004 Christmas Eve home-invasion robbery and rape in Wissinoming, Pa. Rayson, 29, will begin serving that sentence after he completes a 32-year sentence in federal prison that he received for his role in five armed robberies of city businesses in 2005, and a 2006 armed carjacking in Germantown.
May 1, 2014 |
Add U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to the long list of men mystified by the jet-setting identity thief Jocelyn Kirsch. Not for her fake flowing tresses, which prosecutors alleged seven years ago she bought with other people's money, and not for the bikini shots, which were plastered across tabloid covers after her initial 2007 arrest. No, the federal judge was more puzzled Tuesday with a question at Kirsch's core as he sentenced her to five months in prison Tuesday for violating her federal probation with a simple stretch of shoplifting.
April 23, 2014 |
HER LONG, WAVY brown hair pulled back into a ponytail, a bespectacled Jocelyn Kirsch entered a federal courtroom in Philadelphia yesterday wearing a short-sleeved dark-green prison jumpsuit, her hands cuffed behind her back. The convicted identity thief - one half of the famed duo nicknamed "Bonnie and Clyde" - appeared plain, but still pretty, without makeup. As she sat in the holding area for defendants in the fifth-floor courtroom, the section normally considered the jury box, she smiled at one of her attorneys, Ronald Greenblatt.