September 11, 2016 |
A brother-in-law of reputed mob associate Ronald Galati Sr. pleaded guilty Friday to charges of insurance fraud and conspiracy in a widespread scheme spearheaded by Galati. Joseph Clark, 59, of the 2500 block of Garnet Street in South Philadelphia - the same block on which Galati lived - was sentenced under a plea deal to five years of probation and ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution. Under the deal, the probation can end after restitution is paid. Galati, 65 - who is serving federal prison time for trying to have his daughter's then-boyfriend killed in Atlantic City in November 2013 - pleaded no contest Wednesday to corrupt organization, theft, and related charges in the insurance-fraud case.
September 9, 2016 |
Reputed mob associate Ronald Galati Sr., serving time in federal prison for trying to have his daughter's boyfriend killed, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to attempted-murder charges in a separate case in which he tried to have a friend and the friend's son killed. Galati also pleaded no contest to corrupt organization, theft, and related charges in a widespread insurance-fraud case. And his son, Ronald Jr., 38, pleaded guilty to corrupt organization, conspiracy, and theft charges in that case.
August 21, 2016
Angela Richman, Death Investigator, Book 1 By Elaine Viets Thomas & Mercer. 320 pp. $15.95 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill Best known for her humorous, light mysteries, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., author Elaine Viets confidently strides into darker terrain with Brain Storm , the launch of a new series about death investigator Angela Richman. Angela is doing quite well at her job investigating any death that doesn't happen under a doctor's care in wealthy Choteau County, Mo., near St. Louis.
August 12, 2016 |
Bogus insurance. Fraudulent registrations. Stolen cars disguised and resold to unsuspecting customers. Those were some of the tactics prosecutors say were used by dozens of people and three corporations in what they described as an auto-theft and insurance-fraud ring that operated in Philadelphia for years. "This was a massive criminal enterprise," District Attorney Seth Williams said Wednesday as he announced charges against 32 people. Assistant District Attorney Linda Montag, who oversaw the investigation, described the ring as "a detailed, intricate criminal organization with many moving parts," allowing coconspirators to generate tens of thousands of dollars in profits.
June 12, 2016
A judge ruled Friday that Claire Risoldi, the Bucks County matriarch accused of multimillion-dollar insurance fraud, violated a court order that she not contact possible witnesses in her upcoming trial. Chester County Court Judge Thomas Gavin sentenced her to 30 days in prison for criminal contempt, but she has not yet been jailed because her attorney, Jack McMahon, has appealed. Gavin found Risoldi had used subpoenas to contact witnesses against his order. Prosecutors allege she used the subpoenas, issued by McMahon, to intimidate witnesses who testified in the grand jury investigation that led to her arrest on fraud charges in January 2015.
June 11, 2016 |
A judge ruled Thursday that Claire Risoldi, the Bucks County matriarch already accused of multimillion-dollar insurance fraud, should be held for trial on witness-intimidation charges. "There's enough evidence to go to a jury," District Judge Gary Gambardella said after the six-hour preliminary hearing in Doylestown, and after rejecting a defense request that he recuse himself. State prosecutors allege that Risoldi used a subpoena, issued by her attorney, Jack McMahon, to influence witnesses who testified in the grand jury investigation that led to Risoldi's arrest on fraud charges in January 2015.
June 3, 2016 |
Claire Risoldi, the Bucks County matriarch accused of multimillion-dollar insurance fraud, was jailed Wednesday after being arrested again on witness-intimidation charges. State prosecutors contend Risoldi used a subpoena, issued by her lawyer, to influence witnesses who testified in a grand jury investigation that led to Risoldi's arrest on fraud charges in January 2015. "Our system of justice depends on witnesses being free to testify without fear of intimidation or retaliation," Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said in a statement.
February 10, 2016 |
A judge on Monday rejected a request by prosecutors to revoke bail and jail a prominent Bucks County woman awaiting trial on charges of insurance fraud. Prosecutors claimed that Claire Risoldi, 68, who is accused of inflating insurance claims to financing a lavish lifestyle, again tried to intimidate a witness in her upcoming trial - an accusation they have made four times since her January 2015 arrest. Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Gavin, who is hearing the case because of Risoldi's local ties, rejected the request.
January 31, 2016 |
Two central Pennsylvania men have been indicted in the baseball-bat beating death of a Delaware man in an apparent scheme to collect his life insurance money. A New Castle County, Del., grand jury indicted Ryan Shover, 44, of York, Pa., and Michael Kman, 51, of Enola, Pa., on charges of first-degree murder, insurance fraud and related offenses for the 2013 death of Wayne Cappelli, 43, of Claymont, Del. Cappelli was found dead in a roadside ditch in Brandywine Hundred, Del., on Feb. 18, 2013, with severe injuries all over his body.
January 13, 2016 |
The former owner of the historic Bucks County Playhouse was sentenced Monday to 21/2 years in prison after collecting about $240,000 from bogus insurance claims he made on behalf of the theater and attempting the same tactic for a second theater he owned. Ralph Miller, 69, of New Hope, was convicted of money laundering and mail fraud in May by a federal jury in Philadelphia. In sentencing Miller, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe called him a "charlatan" and "snake oil salesman," according to Assistant U.S. Attorney K.T. Newton.