April 27, 2016
A 37-year-old Delaware County man was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for his role in a scheme that stole or attempted to steal $1.1 million from banks through identity theft, federal prosecutors said. Benjamin Easley, of Upper Darby, pleaded guilty in 2014 to seven counts of bank fraud, 15 counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in a separate case that was consolidated for his sentencing.
April 27, 2016
Man shot 5 times; arrest made A 29-year-old man was shot five times and critically wounded at lunchtime Monday in Ogontz, and police took a suspect into custody after a half-hour standoff. The victim, who was described as uncooperative, was taken to Einstein Medical Center after the 11:57 a.m. shooting on the 5800 block of Old York Road, police said. He had been shot twice in the neck, and once each in the chest, stomach and buttocks. Police said a witness told them a gunman wearing a black hoodie and a tan hat, and carrying a black backpack and tan shopping bag, had run into a residence just around the corner, on the 1400 block of Conlyn Street.
March 4, 2016 |
Nearly 11,000 Main Line Health employees fell victim to a "spear phishing" scam last month that exposed key personal information, including birth dates and social security numbers, the health system said Wednesday. On Feb. 16, a Main Line employee responded to an email believed to be a legitimate request for Main Line employees' information, which also included names, addresses, and salaries, Main Line said. No patient information was released, said Main Line, which learned of the incident Tuesday.
February 17, 2016
Criminals plan for tax season, just as their victims do. Gregory Floyd is assistant special agent in charge of the IRS Criminal Investigations Division office in Philadelphia, which does the nitty-gritty work of investigating tax-related crimes. "Tax fraud due to identity theft is one of our biggest concerns," Floyd said. IRS Criminal Investigations also has worked with other federal agencies on cases such as the indictment of Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. and the upcoming trial of Nova Bank executive Barry Bekkedam.
January 21, 2016
A Delaware County man has been charged with misrepresenting himself as a contractor and taking payments for work that was never completed, the District Attorney's office announced Tuesday. Charges against Vincent Cottrell, 39, of Upper Darby Township, included theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and identity theft. He was arraigned and released on $75,000 unsecured bail, according to public records. According to court documents: Cottrell had been hired by J.D. Kelly Corp., a Bucks County contractor, to help design a website.
January 14, 2016 |
A Lansdale man has been charged with stabbing a 16-year-old boy and then identifying his identical twin as the perpetrator. Police responded Sunday afternoon to a house on East Main Street for a report of a stabbing. The victim was stabbed in the chest and airlifted to Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health. Lance Greenwood, 33, was in the house when police arrived, but the victim had not identified him as the attacker. Greenwood showed police the driver's license of his identical twin, Leonard.
November 6, 2015 |
An FBI data expert told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday that he found a prodigious number of deleted file fragments on accused stalker John Hart's computers, including two Internet programs that enable a user to disguise the computer's identity. Michael Irvin testified that the websites - "Spoof Your IP Address" and "Spoofing Demystified" - offer software that would have let Hart cloak his computer during Internet searches for private information about CBS3 newscaster Erika von Tiehl. Spoofing is the term for making a computer's unique Internet Protocol (IP)
October 28, 2015 |
Testimony is set to begin Thursday in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court trial of a Delaware County man accused of stalking CBS3 newscaster Erika von Tiehl. Prosecution and defense lawyers spent Tuesday picking a jury of 12 and several alternates for what is estimated to be a three-day trial. John Hart, 39, of Havertown, is charged with six counts involving stalking, harassment, and identity theft in an alleged campaign of harassment in late 2011, after he and von Tiehl briefly dated and she ended the relationship.
August 6, 2015
YOUR PERSONAL financial information can't be completely protected. With the already immeasurable list of data breaches that seems to grow longer by the day, maybe we should be praying not for protection but for better interventions. Witness the recent news involving the Federal Trade Commission and LifeLock Inc., one of the leading companies in the identity-theft-protection business. The FTC has filed charges alleging that LifeLock violated a 2010 settlement in which the company vowed to stop making deceptive claims about its services and implement stronger measures to safeguard its own customers' personal data, including credit card, Social Security and bank account numbers.
June 24, 2015 |
For much of the last four years, Shelton Thomas assumed the identity of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a bizarre scheme to bilk more than $95,000 from a World War II veteran whose lawn he mowed. On Monday, Thomas' world could not have gotten more real - sentenced to 161/2 to 33 years in prison by a Philadelphia judge for draining the life savings of 93-year-old Raymond Campbell. Thomas, 49, who knew Williams and his family growing up in the same Cobbs Creek neighborhood - but who looks nothing like the city's top prosecutor - sucked in his breath as Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford A. Means imposed the maximum possible sentence.