June 13, 2014 |
A DARBY tax preparer has been charged with stealing the identities of foster children to falsely use their information on tax returns for his own benefit, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday. Momolu Sirleaf, 34, of Wycombe Avenue, owned and operated I.E.S. Tax Services, of Darby. According to the indictment: Sirleaf obtained the names and Social Security numbers of kids in the foster-care system. He used their information to falsely add them as dependents on some of his clients' returns "to generate fraudulent refunds, some in excess of $8,000.
April 11, 2014
JOHN KOSKINEN could be relaxing in retirement, spending time with his four grandchildren. Instead, he decided to take on the task of running an agency that is both feared and attacked. As the 48th commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Koskinen oversees the management of about 90,000 employees and a budget of about $11 billion. Given his background as a corporate and government troubleshooter, Koskinen was a good go-to choice, even if he does sometimes play hard to get. When the George W. Bush administration was trying to get him to take the IRS job and found his cellphone number, he joked, "I need better caller ID. " His answer was no. "This time around, I said I just need counseling," he said.
December 27, 2013
T HE DATA breach at Target has a lot of people worried. Information on about 40 million credit- and debit-card accounts was accessed between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. This included customer names, credit- or debit-card numbers, expiration dates and security codes. Only in-store purchases were affected, according to Target. The company has denied a Reuters report that customers' personal identification numbers, or PINs, were compromised. Q: How can the information about one credit card lead to identity theft?
December 14, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - As Ruben Amaro Jr. departed these winter meetings Thursday morning, the Phillies general manager could not name the pitcher he agreed to sign. That pitcher, Roberto Hernandez, has two names. He is three years older than he once claimed to be, and he is the latest fortification to the Phillies' rotation. The man formerly known as Fausto Carmona could be the only addition to a starting staff that lacks clarity beyond two aces, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. Hernandez agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to a source.
September 26, 2013 |
An exhaustive investigation into the death of a 7-year-old boy who drowned while attending a Philadelphia day-care center run by a woman with a long criminal record found that state officials missed numerous chances to shut down the facility before the boy's death. The scathing report into the death of Isear Jeffcoat, released Tuesday by the state Department of Public Welfare, detailed mistake after mistake by the agency, including its failure to act even after its own staff concluded that the woman who ran the center was posing as her sister to hide her criminal past.
April 24, 2013 |
A French citizen who forced his way into the cockpit of a USAirways flight last month was charged today with a federal count of identity fraud. Jeannard, 61, was dressed as a pilot - a white shirt with an Air France logo and captain's epaulets - when he boarded Flight 1935 on Mar. 20 which was bound for West Palm Beach. A gate attendant had refused Jeannard's request for a first class upgrade. Another employee asked if he worked for Air France. He said he did and flashed an ID card that had originally been issued to his mother, a former Air France employee.
January 24, 2013 |
TIME WARNER Cable has won a contract to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014, snatching the games away from Fox Sports, according to a source. The deal has not yet been finalized, although it is to be announced within days. The Los Angeles Times earlier reported the nation's second-largest cable operator will pay around $7 billion to carry the games. It is the second major sports rights deal in three years for Time Warner Cable, which bought the rights to Lakers basketball games and launched regional sports networks covering them last year.
July 22, 2012
About the only bright spot for the Angels in Saturday's 9-2 whipping by the Rangers was Mike Trout. The pride of Millville, N.J., drove in Los Angeles' first run in the third inning, and then scored on a fifth-inning single to become the first AL rookie to score in 13 straight games since Don Lenhardt did it for the St. Louis Browns in 1950. By the way, Trout got in scoring position via his 22d consecutive stolen base. Meanwhile in Washington, Bryce Harper, had a day he likely wants to forget.
June 13, 2012
Bulger girlfriend gets 8-year term BOSTON - The longtime girlfriend of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for helping one of the FBI's most-wanted men stay on the run for 16 years. Catherine Greig, who had faced a maximum of 15 years, showed no emotion when U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock handed down the sentence after listening to emotional pleas from relatives of those Bulger is accused of killing. Bulger, the 82-year-old former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, is awaiting trial on charges he participated in 19 murders.
May 31, 2012 |
TWO BIG swings and one last 98-mph fastball left the Atlanta Braves with a giant sigh of relief. Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and Michael Bourn also went deep Tuesday night, leading the Braves to a 5-4 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals that snapped an eight-game losing streak - Atlanta's longest in more than 2 years. "This is not an indication of what's going to happen the next day or the next week or the next month," Uggla said. "But it definitely snaps the feeling of, 'Aww, man, are we ever going to win again?