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.
March 26, 2015 |
A mother reported missing since June might have been the victim of foul play, Upper Darby Township police said Thursday. Amanda DeGuio, a mother of 3- and 5-year-old girls, was last seen by family members in late June when she walked out of her mother's Drexel Hill home. "Amanda should have been heard from," said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of Upper Darby police. "I hope we can get her back," he added, noting that she has a history of addictions to prescription drugs and heroin.
March 10, 2015 |
Tax time can be especially stressful for military families. But servicemen and women are allowed extra time to file and are eligible for free filing help. If you're serving outside the United States (including Puerto Rico) as of April 15, 2015, you're granted an automatic two-month extension to file tax returns. If that's not enough time, by submitting Form 4868 to the IRS, you can extend filing by an additional four months, according to the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association.
February 17, 2015 |
Tax filers, don't worry if you get a phone call, a text, or an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service. It won't be from the IRS. It will be a scam artist. "We always tell our clients . . . the IRS never e-mails and they never text you and they don't call out of the blue," said Larry Orr, director in the tax department of CBIZ MHM in Plymouth Meeting. "These are scams looking to steal your information. " One client received a phone call supposedly from the IRS "threatening to put him in jail if he didn't pay right away," Orr said.
February 5, 2015 |
A FORMER Philadelphia Police clerk and her husband were arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing three ATVs that cops had confiscated from illegal riders. Sharon Hammitt, 45, and her husband, John, 44, of the Far Northeast, were charged with theft, forgery, misapplication of entrusted property, securing execution of documents by deception, identity theft, unsworn falsification and tampering with public records, according to the District Attorney's Office. Sharon Hammitt had worked since January 1989 as a clerk in the Auto Pound Unit, where she was responsible for keeping records of vehicles brought to the pound and those then sent to auction or salvage yards, the D.A.'s office said.