May 19, 2002 |
Crime paid very well for Larry Lavin. But now, the Ivy League-educated former dentist is the one who's paying dearly. The man once dubbed "Doctor Dealer" has spent the last 16 years in federal prisons on drug and tax charges. If his attempts to reduce the remainder of his sentence fail, Lavin likely will serve another seven years. It's a far cry from the early 1980s, when Lavin, who went to Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of Pennsylvania, lived lavishly on the Main Line.
July 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK — On Tuesday morning, Old City developer Michael Yaron stood in the hallway of a Manhattan courthouse with friends and family, framed by a tall open window, the Empire State Building rising up behind him. A few hours later, inside Courtroom 21D, Yaron learned that the empire he started from humble beginnings in Israel, in the storied halls of Oxford University, and on the streets he transformed in Philadelphia, will come to an end...
October 25, 2012 |
Convicted mobster Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino - the father of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino - died Monday at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. The elder Merlino, 73, 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 but offered little other information Tuesday. He said simply that Merlino had been "sick for a while.
March 28, 2011 |
Convicted drug kingpin Kaboni Savage is not happy with his accommodations at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, where he is awaiting trial on racketeering-murder charges that could carry a death sentence. Even Guantanamo Bay, the notorious federal lockup for suspected terrorists, would be better than the FDC at Seventh and Arch Streets, Savage said in a handwritten memo filed with U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick last week. In the memo, Savage, 36, complained about the conditions under which he is being held and the difficulty he has had meeting with his court-appointed attorneys.
October 23, 2009 |
In sentencing the former head of a Northeast Philadelphia charter school to more than three years in prison for plundering its coffers, a federal judge yesterday called for more scrupulous government oversight of the taxpayer-funded charters so "this type of criminal activity is not allowed to be repeated. " On one side of U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno's courtroom were a few dozen staff members and parents of students at Philadelphia Academy Charter School, angered by the confessed crimes of Kevin M. O'Shea.
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.
March 23, 2012 |
OLD CITY is where developer Michael Yaron built his small empire in the last decade. The former Israeli soldier came to the United States with nothing, earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford in England, and later rubbed shoulders with some of Philadelphia's most powerful people. But as he walked alone the other afternoon past his buildings on North 3rd Street and on Arch, the narrow streets seemed to be closing in on him. Yaron and three others recently were found guilty of federal wire- and mail-fraud charges in a $2 million kickback scheme to get lucrative asbestos-removal contracts at a New York hospital.
June 30, 2013 |
Two high-ranking members of Willingboro's Muslims Over Everything street gang who were already serving time in federal prison have been indicted in connection with two 2008 killings and one attempted murder. Terrek Parker, 27, of Babcock Lane, and Eric D. Williams, 29, also known as Eric Bryant, of Midvale Lane, are charged with the murders of two rival Bloods gang members and the attempted murder of a third, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. The indictments against the two Willingboro men include two counts each of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of criminal attempted murder, one count of gang criminality, and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
June 29, 1995 |
Admitted mob hit man Rosario Bellocchi, who was once engaged to marry the daughter of reputed mob boss John Stanfa, pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge yesterday and formally agreed to become a government witness. Bellocchi, 26, appeared calm and relaxed during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia before Judge Ronald Buckwalter. He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, admitting his involvement in one murder, one attempted murder, three murder conspiracies, and one kidnapping.
November 23, 1991 |
Steven N. "Steakie" Vento Sr., the convicted South Philadelphia drug trafficker and mob associate who with his son planned a daring 1986 helicopter escape from federal prison, has died. He was 49. Vento, whose ruthless but charmed life might have been a TV movie had the FBI not nixed it, died of a heart attack Thursday. It was his fourth attack since 1984, when he was first stricken while imprisoned on federal drug charges. "He was shoveling and said, 'I don't feel well,' " before he collapsed, according to a federal source.