August 29, 1997 |
Daniel Bachmann had warned his 80-year-old friend Chris about "sweet-talking guys" who might call wanting her money. But Chris was a "lonesome lady," and when telemarketers from Westwood Marketing of Bucks County promised her valuableprizes in return for a processing fee, she believed them, Bachmann wrote in a letter presented in federal court in Philadelphia yesterday. In 1992 and 1993, Chris, short for Christine Thelen, a retired physician from Wichita, Kan., was talked out of $65,000 by telemarketers from Westwood and elsewhere, said Bachmann, Thelen's estate executor.
January 14, 1998 |
A former city Highway Patrol officer who admitted stealing $10,000 from a suspected drug dealer and splitting it with a fellow officer was sentenced yesterday to four months in prison and fined $4,000. He told the judge he still couldn't figure out why he threw his career away. "For 15 years I was a good cop and did the best job I could," Michael Stieber told U.S. District Judge Herbert J. Hutton. "Then I made a mistake and did something wrong and took somebody else's money.
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 15, 2012 |
A U.S. district judge handed prison terms Friday to the founder of a Northwest Philadelphia charter school and its former chief executive for stealing $522,000 in taxpayer money to prop up a restaurant, a health-food store, and a private school they controlled, and for defrauding a bank. Hugh C. Clark, a lawyer who helped found New Media Technology Charter School and served for many years as its board president, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Ina Walker, a career educator and the charter school's former chief executive officer, was sentenced to six months in prison.
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.
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...
August 19, 2015 |
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.
November 11, 2015 |
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.
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.
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.