June 9, 2016 |
A Delaware County man was sentenced Monday to three to six years in state prison after pleading guilty to taking part in an identity-theft ring that prosecutors say operated across the country. The state Attorney General's office said Tuesday that Lovell Davis III, 36, of Havertown, was the leader of a group that manufactured hundreds of counterfeit credit cards and corresponding identification cards in Philadelphia. With the phony cards, prosecutors said, Davis' co-conspirators visited financial institutions to obtain cash advances.
May 28, 2016 |
John Hart apologized Thursday - but only for his past behavior toward a Philadelphia judge. And he said he's learned from his conviction for stalking and sending threatening text messages to former CBS3 anchor Erika von Tiehl after she broke up with him in 2011. But those lessons, he told Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright, were largely related to how "lucky and truly blessed I am" to have supportive family and friends. Hart, speaking in a Philadelphia courtroom during his sentencing hearing, had little to say about his crimes and the impact they had on von Tiehl, saying simply that he wanted to "focus on the future and the ways I can be a better person.
May 25, 2016
With identity theft ranking among the most common consumer frauds today, one might think Pennsylvania is working hard to protect residents from that crime. Instead, one state agency may be enabling thieves by selling driver's license information to vendors who aren't being responsibly monitored. That fact came out in a recent state Budget Office audit of how the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation handles driver's license information, which showed that a vendor that had purchased records containing drivers' personal information could not prove how well it was safeguarding the data.
May 18, 2016 |
ABOUT 3:15 SUNDAY morning, Alethia Smalls received a call from her son, Kevin. Moments later, she said, she would learn how he had lit his girlfriend, Melissa Bacon-Smith, on fire - a story that would dominate headlines and cause police to say the worst about her son. She wants people to know there's another side to the story. "Kevin Small is mentally ill," Smalls, 59, said Monday afternoon. "He's not a violent person, he just lost it . . . I don't like the Philadelphia police calling him a scumbag.
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.
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.
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.