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May 1, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 11, 2012 | BY JASON NARK and Daily News Staff Writer
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...
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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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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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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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September 2, 2004 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Anthony "Tony Buck" Piccolo, 81, a soft-spoken mobster known more for his gentlemanly manner than his acts of racketeering, died in a federal prison hospital this week. Mr. Piccolo died Monday night at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Devens, Mass., where he was being treated for heart problems, his longtime lawyer and friend Donald Manno said yesterday. Mr. Piccolo had been in jail since 1994 on racketeering charges stemming from separate New Jersey and federal cases.
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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.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
A Gloucester County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to producing and possessing child pornography, federal authorities said. Patrick Mergen, 40, of Sewell, was arrested in September after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators received a tip from police in Australia that Mergen was trading child porn with a pedophile there. Mergen is scheduled to be sentenced in March and faces up to 50 years in federal prison.    - Robert Moran  
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January 27, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
The former warden of the Federal Detention Center in Center City pleaded guilty this morning to witness tampering, obstruction of justice and related offenses in connection with an incident in which a guard accidentally brought a gun into the center. Troy Levi, 49, of Williamstown, N.J., is to be sentenced on May 7. According to a plea agreement with the government, Levi is to be sentenced to five years probation (with the first four months served in home confinement), 400 hours of community service and a $15,000 fine.
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March 23, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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