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October 22, 2009 | By Josh Goldstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A nurse and a respiratory therapist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center are awaiting trial next month in an alleged conspiracy to commit identity fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The charges against respiratory therapist George Oyakhire - who allegedly assumed the false identity of Oliver Oyakhire to obtain a valid Social Security number - and registered nurse Leatha O. Taylor do not involve their work at the Veterans Affairs hospital, according to their lawyers and a government official.
NEWS
July 12, 2001 | By Larry Lewis and Deborah Bolling INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The tall man in a red prison uniform who appeared briefly in Darby District Court yesterday has been so desperate to keep his real identity from police that he recently tried to chew off the tips of his fingers. He stood in court, facing charges that he stole the identities of hundreds of people and ran up huge credit card bills, as Olug Bemiga Olusato. But authorities do not believe that is his real name. He had been known as Adegboyega Joshuaville for the six months he lived on Columbia Avenue and operated a cleaning business at Philadelphia International Airport.
NEWS
November 14, 2002 | By NORMAN A. WILLOX Jr
THE fingerprinting program for visitors and noncitizens entering the U.S. that began recently certainly underscores the need for a comprehensive ID system to help strengthen our borders. While this program will begin to enhance the security of our nation, the debate about domestic identity-verification programs is still not adequately addressing one of the most visible threats aimed at our national security - namely, the growing problem of identity fraud. (On Tuesday, Philadelphia's U.S. attorney announced that a task force would address the issue.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
BOSTON - Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges she helped him evade capture during 16 years on the run. In a deal with prosecutors, Greig, 60, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud, and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. Bulger, 82, who was captured with Greig last year in Santa Monica, Calif., has pleaded not guilty to charges of participating in 19 murders. Each of the three charges to which Greig pleaded guilty carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, but prosecutors told families of people believed to have been killed by Bulger that Greig could face less than three years under federal sentencing guidelines.
NEWS
June 5, 2008
JEAN VALJEAN was sentenced to five years for stealing bread for his starving family. Philadelphia's Bonnie & Clyde will likely get five years for actually stealing $116,619 and attempting to steal another $122,311 to finance their high life. Five years for a total of $238,930 works out to $47,786 a year, which is more than the average Pennsylvania household earns. It's almost worth the risk. Jean Valjean was fictional, the lead character in Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables. " The real Bonnie & Clyde didn't do any time after their crime spree across the Midwest in the '30s.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1999 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer Contributing were the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Associated Press
It's amazing what someone can do with a stolen Social Security number. A woman in Wisconsin reported that such a thief ruined her good credit with almost $65,000 in purchases. Identity fraud has increased tenfold in the past five years. Ten states, including New Jersey, have adopted laws making it a crime to steal a person's identity. The Secret Service has jurisdiction over this crime nationally but takes only larger cases. In any event, a police report is needed in some cases to verify the crime for credit-card companies and banks, says Beth Givens, director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer information and advocacy program in San Diego.
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
BOSTON - The longtime girlfriend of reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger will plead guilty to helping him evade capture but won't testify against him at his trial, prosecutors and relatives of people he is accused of killing said Monday. Catherine Greig, 60, was charged with conspiracy to harbor a fugitive after she was captured with Bulger in Santa Monica, Calif., in June, more than 16 years after Bulger fled Boston. Late Monday, prosecutors, after meeting with about a dozen people who say their relatives were killed by Bulger, filed a superseding indictment against Greig, adding charges of identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
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.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
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.
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June 13, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
SPORTS
December 14, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 26, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
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.
SPORTS
January 24, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
May 31, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
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?
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