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January 26, 2013 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was moved Wednesday from the Kentucky federal prison where he is serving a five-year sentence to a nearby hospital after doctors discovered three blockages during a heart checkup. Doctors have recommended that Fumo, 69, have heart bypass surgery to deal with one, in which an artery is 95 percent closed. Such a procedure would require him to be transferred to another federal prison near a hospital that is better equipped to perform the bypass, according to sources familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition that they not be identified.
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January 25, 2013 | By Miriam Hill, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was moved Wednesday from the Kentucky federal prison where he is serving a five-year sentence to a nearby hospital after doctors discovered three blockages during a heart checkup. Doctors have recommended that Fumo, 69, have heart bypass surgery to deal with one, in which an artery is 95 percent closed. Such a procedure would require him to be transferred to another federal prison near a hospital that is better equipped to perform the bypass, according to sources familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition that they not be identified.
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January 20, 2013
A Lumberton man faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a $1.5 million fine after a jury Friday found him guilty of conspiring with another contractor to illegally remove and dispose of asbestos. The men removed a boiler and pipes insulated with the toxic substance to dodge the expense of proper abatement. Gene Cornell Smith, 43, also was found guilty of five Clean Air Act charges. "There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. Its unsafe disposal endangers human health," said David G. McLeod Jr., special agent in charge of EPA's criminal enforcement program in Pennsylvania.
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January 18, 2013 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County businessman was sentenced today to 3-1/2 years in federal prison for exporting classified electronics in violation of a federal embargo and risking national security. Timothy Gormley, 52, worked for Amplifier Research, a Souderton-based maker of sophisticated microwave amplifiers. In November 2011, the company notified federal authorities that at least 50 unlicensed amplifiers - which are used in military systems for radar jamming and weapons guidance systems - had been shipped to China, India, Russia and other countries, according to prosecutors.
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December 28, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO - Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr., a hit man who strangled victims and then slashed their throats to be sure they were dead, has died in a federal prison in North Carolina, authorities said. Calabrese, 75, died Tuesday at the Butner Federal Medical Center, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Ross had no information on the cause of death, though Calabrese claimed at his sentencing in 2009 that he suffered from a host of ailments, including an enlarged heart.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Frank Calabrese Sr., 75, a Chicago hit man who strangled victims and then slashed their throats to be sure they were dead, died Tuesday in a federal prison in North Carolina, authorities said. Ed Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, had no information on the cause of death, though Calabrese claimed at his sentencing in 2009 that he suffered from a host of ailments, including an enlarged heart. "It's very emotional right now because there were two sides to my dad, and I miss the good side," Calabrese's son Frank Calabrese Jr. told the Chicago Sun-Times.
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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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November 21, 2012
A 52-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced Tuesday to 70 months in federal prison for failing to report $365,000 in income while working as a real estate lawyer, prosecutors said. Charles M. Naselsky, while working for the law firm of Cozen O'Connor, directed clients to pay him directly for services instead of paying his firm. When Naselsky learned that he was under investigation by the IRS, he obstructed the investigation, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond ordered Naselsky to pay $290,000 restitution to the law firm and $133,000 restitution to the IRS. - Robert Moran
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