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May 19, 2002 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 28, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 25, 2012 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 23, 2009 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 15, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 15, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman and Daily News Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors in Maryland unsealed an indictment Thursday against a West Chester man for secretly producing videos of underage boys in a public restroom. Brian Matthew Williams, 28, was arrested Wednesday night at his residence. He had been charged June 6 with offenses related to producing and possessing child porn. The indictment alleged that Williams used the camera on his cellphone to produce two video files which depict two prepubescent underage boys urinating and captured images of one of the boy's exposed penis at an undisclosed public restroom in Maryland on May 6. Authorities said Williams also possessed several video files on a memory card which depicted a number of underage boys urinating and captured images of the their exposed penises without their knowledge in a public restroom.
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June 29, 1995 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 19, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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November 22, 2011 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
A NORTHEAST PHILLY man who was a security screener at Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced yesterday to 11 years in federal prison for distributing child porn on Facebook. Thomas Gordon Jr., 47, of Fairfield Street near Rhawn, pleaded guilty in July to one count of transporting 18 sexually explicit depictions of underage children, authorities said. Prosecutors had alleged in an April indictment that Gordon used multiple email accounts and multiple screen names to upload and store sexual images of children, which he uploaded to Facebook servers in California.
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November 23, 1991 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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