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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  
NEWS
November 20, 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
NEWS
November 17, 2012
A New Jersey man was sentenced Friday in Camden to six months in federal prison for providing gun ammunition to two convicted felons who are defendants in a mob-related case. Todd Stark, 44, of Ocean City, pleaded guilty to providing ammunition to Nicodemo S. Scarfo, son of jailed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, and Salvatore Pelullo, a reputed mob associate. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler also sentenced Stark to three years of supervised release. Scarfo and Pelullo are awaiting trial on charges of looting a Texas mortgage company.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
A 56-year-old Norristown man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for using a 2-year-old girl he was babysitting to make child porn, prosecutors said. In 2009, Gary Romano posted an ad on a national babysitting website offering his services and providing a background check, prosecutors said. "I love kids, reading to them, playing games, doing crafts or making snacks, and other things kids like. Mine are grown now, so I am looking to being kind of a step-grandfather by babysitting to be with kids again," he wrote.
NEWS
October 26, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County man who stoked terrorism fears when he crashed his Jeep through a locked fence and onto runways at Philadelphia International Airport in March was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in federal prison. Kenneth R. Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, blamed the March 1 incident on what he said were delusions caused by an addiction to the behavioral drug Adderall. "I was operating in a different space and time," he told U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg. The judge acknowledged that Mazik was possibly in a drug-induced psychosis at the time.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Chester County man who stoked terrorism fears when he crashed his Jeep through a locked fence and onto runways at Philadelphia International Airport in March was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in federal prison. Kenneth R. Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, blamed the March 1 incident on what he said were delusions caused by an addiction to the behavioral drug Adderall. "I was operating in a different space and time," he told U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg. The judge acknowledged that Mazik was possibly in a drug-induced psychosis at the time.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
SALVATORE "Chuckie" Merlino, the father of reputed Philly mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, died Monday in a north Texas federal prison. Merlino, 73, was being held in the Federal Correctional Institute, a low-security facility in Fort Worth that houses male inmates, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Joseph Santaguida, a Center City lawyer, told the Inquirer that Merlino had been ill for some time. He didn't elaborate on what ailed the mobster. Santaguida did not return calls for comment Tuesday night, and prison officials in Fort Worth were unable to comment on the cause of Merlino's death.
NEWS
October 24, 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 in a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. The elder Merlino was 73 and 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 on Tuesday, but offered little other information. He said simply that Merlino had been "sick for a while.
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