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.
March 6, 2016
A Powelton Village pizza shop worker was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Friday after admitting he collected and traded thousands of sexually explicit images of children. Jose Dany Zacarias-Jaramillo, 29, pleaded guilty to five counts including possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography last year. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations traced his online activity to his workplace, Ed's Buffalo Wings and Pizza at 3513 Lancaster Avenue, after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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.
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.
December 22, 2015 |
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.