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March 28, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many class-action settlements, the $3.5 billion payout announced in 1999 by the makers of the diet drug Fen-Phen unleashed a stampede of claims, including thousands that were bogus. Many came courtesy of Abdur Razzak Tai, a Florida cardiologist who expected more than $1,000 from a plaintiffs' lawyer each time he certified a Fen-Phen patient with heart damage - a marker that often led to a six-figure payout. Tai signed more than 12,000 physician reports over several years.
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March 24, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER MEMBER of the board of directors of a federal credit union that had been founded to serve low-income Hispanics pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement and money-laundering, which caused the bank's collapse. Miqueas Santana, 43, who served on the board of the Borinquen Federal Credit Union, at Allegheny Avenue and Front Street, faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, five years of supervised release and more than $1.2 million in fines when he is sentenced in federal court on June 21. Between July 2009 and June 2011, Santana stole more than $500,000 from the bank, aided by a former manager, and used the money to buy real estate around the city, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The South Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced Wednesday in Delaware County Court to six to 23 months on drug charges stemming from an August arrest. Sigel is already in federal custody, serving two years for failure to pay about $348,000 in taxes. On Aug. 29, Sigel and a friend were arrested by state police after a traffic stop on I-95 in Tinicum Township. The driver, Gerald Andrews of Philadelphia, was pulled over for following another car too closely and swerving out of his lane.
NEWS
February 28, 2013
An inmate has killed a guard at a federal prison in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Prison officials say that Monday night at the Canaan penitentiary in Waymart, about 20 miles northeast of Scranton, Correctional Officer Eric Williams was working in a housing unit when an inmate attacked him with a homemade weapon. Williams was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. The Bureau of Prisons says Williams is the first federal corrections officer killed on the job in nearly five years.
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February 15, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
JOHN McDANIEL, campaign manager for City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and consultant to Mayor Nutter's re-election campaign in 2011, admitted Thursday to stealing from two political-action committees. McDaniel faces 15 to 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud. McDaniel is not required to cooperate with any ongoing federal investigations. But the judge will be informed when he is sentenced in May if he does cooperate, assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray said.
NEWS
February 9, 2013
A Delaware man who sexually assaulted a young Montgomery County boy dozens of times over six years was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in federal prison. John Angell, 41, of Smyrna, was hired in 2001 to chauffeur the boy on weekends from the child's father's house in Blue Bell to the mother's house in Plainview, N.Y. He gained the trust of the boy, then 7, and began abusing him, prosecutors said. The abuse continued until 2007. A jury convicted Angell in November of traveling to have sex with a minor and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
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February 8, 2013 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Delaware man, who sexually assaulted a young Montgomery County boy dozens of times over a six year period, was sentenced today to 35 years in federal prison. John Angell, of Smyrna, was hired in 2001 to chauffeur the boy on weekends from the child's father's house in Blue Bell to the mother's house in Plainview, New York. Angell, 41, gained the trust of the boy, then 7-years-old, by talking about the child's strained relationship with his dad and their mutual interest in sports, prosecutors said.
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February 1, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Camden City police officer who admitted his role in a corrupt antidrug unit and cooperated with federal authorities was sentenced today to 46 months in prison. Jason Stetser was the last of four former police officers convicted as a result of the investigation to learn his fate. The case has resulted in payouts totaling more than $3.8 million to some of those who had been arrested by the rogue group. Standing before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Kugler in Camden, Stetser, 34, apologized to all he had hurt and said, "I am ashamed of my actions.
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January 31, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A South Jersey bank robber, who struck two banks in one day before crashing a stolen car into a tree, was sentenced today in Camden to more than 12 1/2 years in federal prison. Larry Patrick Kearns, 46, of Landisville, Atlantic County embarked on his mini-spree Jan. 12, 2012. He entered a Wells Fargo Bank in Atlantic City, approached a teller, and threatened her as he demanded money. He fled with an undetermined amount of cash and made his way to Margate. There, he stole a car and drove to a Sun National Bank in Ventnor.
NEWS
January 31, 2013
SCRANTON - A note-wielding holdup man dubbed the "Silent Bandit" was sentenced Wednesday to nearly six years in federal prison for robbing six banks, including three in the Philadelphia area. Fawzi Atra, 43, of Bethlehem, told a judge that he staged his two-week robbery spree because he owed the government $11,000 for unemployment benefits he received in error while out of work. U.S. District Judge James Munley called Atra's conduct outrageous and told the suspect he was either stupid or had a character defect.
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