June 28, 2012 |
FROM THE OUTSIDE, the Oasis Holistic Healing Village, housed in an Italianate former mansion on a leafy block near Rittenhouse Square, appeared as serene as its name suggested. Except that behind the extravagant stone facade, the man wearing the scrubs inside the chiropractor's office was a liar, a thief and, judging by what law-enforcement sources say, a creep. Federal prosecutors say Tahib Smith Ali had no license or medical certification when he bought the business from a chiropractor in December 2008.
June 27, 2012
The U.S. Attorney's Office indicted a Delaware County woman Tuesday who allegedly sold children's identity information to a West Philadelphia tax preparer so that customers could use the children as fake dependents on income-tax filings. Shirl Robinson, 46, was charged with conspiracy, identity theft, and other counts for providing details that resulted in a total of about $78,000 worth of fraudulent tax payments to 10 of the firm's customers, said U.S. attorney's spokeswoman Patricia Hart.
June 27, 2012 |
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to submitting $1.5 million worth of claims for chiropractic treatments to Independence Blue Cross, Zane David Memeger. U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, said. Prosecutors said that in 2009, Tahib Smith Ali, 35, posed as a chiropractor and physical therapist while operating a Philadelphia clinic known as Oasis Holistic Healing Village on South 17th Street in Center City and submitted claims under the name and medical provider number who no longer worked at the clinic.
June 26, 2012
A Gloucester County woman was charged Monday with obtaining $536,044 in loans using fake IDs and phony documents, federal prosecutors said. Katrina Taniesha Waters, 32, of Williamstown, used the fraudulent documents and five false identities to obtain loans from Police & Fire Federal Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Freedom Federal Credit Union, and Susquehanna Bank,...
May 30, 2012 |
?1? Tacony woman charged in toddler deaths Ditman Street near Levick A woman accused of killing her two 18-month-old twins last week is being held without bail. Authorities said Tuesday that 41-year-old Stacey Smalls faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the twins, named Adam and Eve. She is also accused of the attempted murder of her 4-year-old daughter. Investigators believe one twin was strangled and the other was drowned.
April 26, 2012 |
A South Jersey woman was sentenced to more than five years in prison after she submitted 90 student loan applications seeking more than $1.7 million. La'Vada Cruse, 25, of Browns Mills, was successful in garnering 17 of those loans and collected more than $192,000, prosecutor's said. In federal court in Camden, Cruse admitted that she applied for more than 90 loans in her own name and the names of her family whose names and social security numbers she used without their permission.
March 9, 2012 |
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia woman who faked having life-threatening cancer to delay reporting to prison in 2007, for stealing money from the bank accounts of elderly customers, was sentenced yesterday to almost five years in federal prison. After LeAnn Moock, 35, of Parkwood Manor, received a four-month sentence in 2007 and was permitted to self-report to prison, she began an elaborate scam, prosecutors said. They said that Moock fooled her own attorney and the presiding judge into believing she was in constant pain, being treated with extensive chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, and was expected to die soon.
March 8, 2012
A Philadelphia man working at a Department of Transportation office in Chester County has been arrested for allegedly providing driver's licenses to fugitives from justice, the Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday. Khalif Abdullah Ali, 43, was a supervisor at the Malvern Driver License Center in 2010 and 2011 when he allegedly provided the phony licenses, state police said. Ali was charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, tampering with public records or information, and related offenses.
February 26, 2012
N. Korea: No U.S. nuclear monopoly SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Saturday that "nuclear weapons are not the monopoly of the United States," a day after a U.S. special envoy reported after two days of talks with North Korean officials that there had been no change in their negotiating style on nuclear programs under its new leadership. "The U.S. is sadly mistaken if it thinks it is safe as its mainland is far away across the ocean," said officials in North Korea, which has conducted two nuclear tests since 2006 and has been developing intercontinental ballistic missiles.
January 31, 2012
A national crackdown on tax-related identity theft last week targeted more than 100 people and led to 58 arrests, according to the IRS and other federal officials. The IRS said it was also stepping up internal reviews to spot false tax returns, and working to help victims of identity theft refund schemes. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said the crackdown "sends a strong, unmistakable message to anyone considering participating in a refund fraud scheme this tax season. We are aggressively pursuing cases across the nation with the Justice Department, and people will be going to jail.