April 3, 2015 |
JESSE KRIMES, an artist from Lancaster County, was sentenced in 2009 to five years in federal prison for possession of powdered cocaine with intent to distribute. His new neighbors were the Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and other prison gangs. "I thought to myself, 'Where the hell am I?' " said Krimes, 32, a free man since last year, sitting in his Spring Garden studio in Olivet Covenant Church's former Sunday school. "I asked myself, 'How am I going to survive?' " He survived for a year at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., by drawing portraits of gang members, who sent them home to their loved ones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
November 9, 2013 |
MEDIA Weeks before his sentencing Thursday for child-pornography possession, former Delaware County middle-school principal Troy Czukoski walked into a children's locker room during a youth hockey tournament - a decision a federal prosecutor described as "unfathomable. " Czukoski, who said he was helping his 7-year-old daughter maneuver to the bathroom while wearing her goalie equipment, told Judge Legrome D. Davis that he was in the room for no longer than three or four minutes and that no children were changing there.
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.