September 3, 2015 |
The stepson of Claire Risoldi, the politically connected Bucks County woman charged with collecting $20 million through insurance fraud, has claimed in a court filing that Risoldi submitted a forged copy of his late father's will. Thomas French Jr., whose father, Thomas Sr., committed suicide in February after being criminally charged alongside Risoldi, does not explicitly state why he believes Risoldi would have manufactured the document. But in the 13-page filing, written by his lawyer, Karl Prior, French Jr. accuses Risoldi of doctoring two signatures on a purported copy of the will, saying they appear "identical.
March 29, 2013 |
PENN STATE football recruit Zayd Issah has been charged with an alleged scheme to pass counterfeit money at a McDonald's in central Pennsylvania. Issah, a senior linebacker at Central Dauphin High School, faces multiple charges by Susquehanna Township police for the incident. He was charged with two felony counts of forgery and conspiracy to forgery and four misdemeanor charges of theft by deception, according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News . Susquehanna Township police chief Rob Martin confirmed to the Patriot-News that Issah was arrested on March 9, after he and two other suspected fled the scene.
March 7, 2013 |
Two South Jersey men were arrested this week during a traffic stop in which Gloucester Township police say they found drugs and counterfeit money. Police say events began about 8:30 p.m. Monday during a motor vehicle violation stop on the Black Horse Pike at Clementon Ave, in the township's Blackwood section. The vehicle, which police did not describe, matched the description of a vehicle being used by men who were passing counterfeit bills at multiple area Wawa stores. Erik Ellison, 21 of Huntington Mews, Blackwood, and his passenger Robert A. Smith Jr, 49 of Newton Lane, Willingboro, were arrested on "numerous" outstanding warrants for their arrest.
October 1, 2012 |
LIBERTY, Mo. - The golden years were shaping up nicely for accountant William Van Note. The 67-year-old retiree had several boats and a waterfront vacation home at central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. He could jet off to a winter getaway on Florida's Gulf Coast, and had plenty of money in the bank after a career preparing taxes and renting out office space in Liberty, a country town north of Kansas City. And soon, after 20 years together, he and companion Sharon Dickson were going to wed, hoping the union would be a new start after previous failed marriages.
September 16, 2012 |
A NDREW Charles Thomas, who fatally shot a Plymouth Township police officer before killing himself Thursday, was on cops' radar as a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancé 13 years ago. Maria Procopio, 35, of South Philadelphia, was last seen on surveillance camera leaving her job at QVC in West Chester on Sept. 24, 1999. Her 1990 Pontiac Sunbird coupe was found unoccupied behind a tavern in Bridgeport, Montgomery County, about two miles from the scene of the shooting that left Officer Bradley Fox dead Thursday.
January 31, 2012
Three men were charged with forgery Tuesday after they were found in a Camden park in possession of what authorities say was counterfeit money. A Camden County Park Police sergeant noticed a suspicious vehicle in Pyne Poynt Park in North Camden around 9:30 a.m., according to officials. He approached the car and found two men in the front seats and a man in the rear seat who was using a small paper cutter to trim what officials say were bogus bills. Authorities recovered $1,330 in counterfeit ten- and twenty-dollar bills, plus trimmings, torn-up pieces of replicated bills, and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle, officials said.
December 31, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - A sister of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been ordered to stand trial on charges she directed state-paid staffers to illegally do campaign work for Melvin while the justice was a judge on a lower appellate court. Janine Orie, 57, will stand trial in February along with a third sister, Pittsburgh-area Republican State Sen. Jane Orie. The charges will be added to a retrial scheduled for February for Jane and Janine Orie on charges that they similarly directed the senator's state-funded staff to do campaign work benefiting the senator and Melvin over the last decade.
September 1, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Superior Court on Wednesday rejected Republican State Sen. Jane Orie's claim that it would be double jeopardy to retry her in October on charges that she misused her state-funded staff to do campaign work. The court said Orie's arguments that a retrial was barred were "frivolous as a matter of law, without a shred of support in the record. " It was the second legal setback for the Pittsburgh-area lawmaker this week. On Monday, Allegheny County prosecutors charged Orie with perjury, forgery, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice in connection with her testimony and some documents she used to defend herself at trial this year - including two documents that directly led to a mistrial on the original corruption charges in March.
August 30, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - Republican state Sen. Jane Orie was accused yesterday of fabricating evidence to be used at her trial earlier this year on charges that she used her state-funded staff to do political work. A criminal complaint, filed in Pittsburgh City Court, charges Orie with perjury, forgery, and tampering and fabricating physical evidence related to defense documents. Orie's trial in March ended in a mistrial when Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning agreed with prosecutors that two documents used to discredit the key witness - Orie's former chief of staff - were forgeries.
August 18, 2011 |
An investigation into an anonymous election mailing in May critical of an incumbent judicial candidate has resulted in criminal charges against a West Chester couple, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. Donald Skomsky, 57, of West Chester, was charged with forgery, false swearing, election law violations, and conspiracy, and his wife, Valerie Palfy, 46, was cited with forgery and conspiracy, all misdemeanors. The couple's attorney, Michael Noone, said his clients "intend to vigorously defend" themselves against the charges.