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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.
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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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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.
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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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