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March 1, 1995 | By Analisa Nazareno, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Authorities yesterday continued their investigation of CNC Trading Co., a Marlton-based firm that they say bilked investors of millions of dollars in a pyramid scheme. When company principals Charles and Nancy Cugliari caught wind of the investigation, they skipped town, according to Daniel Carluccio, Ocean County prosecutor. Investigators said they had an idea of where the couple might be, but declined to elaborate. Company representatives had told potential investors that they brokered meat products to meat and seafood markets and restaurants, and they promised a 40 percent return on their investment, according to Carluccio.
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October 5, 2000 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
For two years District Attorney Lynne Abraham, with help from the city controller, has been conducting a grand jury inquiry into the Philadelphia Gas Works. But now City Controller Jonathan Saidel, who called for the investigation more than two years ago, says Abraham's probe has become "unfair" to the company and the former PGW bosses who are the presumed targets. Though the media focus now is on the potential fiscal collapse of the city-owned utility unless it gets a whopping 30 percent rate boost, the issue in 1998 was a litany of Daily News stories recounting the sleazy misuse of corporate perks by top-ranking PGW officials.
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May 9, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
They were mothers, sons, sisters, and cousins, selling drugs in one of Camden's most dangerous neighborhoods, authorities said. The heroin, cocaine, and crack reached into Camden and beyond, spilling into Lindenwold, Gloucester City, and Sicklerville. It was sold out of Sheridan and Liberty Streets. On Wednesday - after three years of investigation - authorities launched what they called the biggest FBI drug takedown in Camden in a decade. They charged 22 people after using wiretaps, confidential informants, and tracking devices hidden on vehicles driven by suspects.
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March 17, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned. Yet no one was charged with a crime. Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down. In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, RONNIE POLANECZKY & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MOST PHILLY COPS do it right. One shift after another, they put their lives on the line for people they don't know. They lock up the bad guys and try to make it home to their families in one piece. Some officers turn into bad guys themselves. They've lost their badges amid allegations of assault, theft, rape, fraud and drug dealing. At least 68 city cops have been charged with crimes since March 2009. But Officer Philip Nace - the YouTube sensation who has developed an international reputation as the angriest cop in the City of Brotherly Love - is perhaps the first Philly lawman to get benched for what a police spokesman described simply as "idiotic behavior.
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January 10, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
HEADS ARE continuing to roll - of higher-ups, this time - over a stalled Internal Affairs investigation into a former Philadelphia police officer who allegedly stole automatic-weapon parts from the department. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey on Friday transferred Inspector Jeanette Dooley out of Internal Affairs, and acknowledged yesterday that disciplinary actions will soon be taken against Internal Affairs Lt. Leonard Logan and his former supervisor, Capt. David Harte. Logan was assigned to an Internal Affairs investigation into Officer Anthony Magsam, who allegedly stole automatic-weapon parts in 2009 from the Firearms Identification Unit, where he worked.
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January 1, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The investigation into a series of rapes in Pennypack Park was years old, and still open, when a man named Robert Palen was arrested in Wisconsin late last year. The 38-year-old, born and raised in Philadelphia, had lived near the park, where three women said they had been abducted, beaten, and raped by a man driving a white work van, in 2010 and 2011. But DNA evidence - found in just one of the cases - never turned up a match, and the trail had grown cold by December 2013, when Palen was arrested and accused of beating, strangling, and raping a Madison, Wis., woman in her home.
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February 29, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, Mark Fazlollah, Kristen A. Graham, and Joseph Tanfani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities are investigating why a company owned by the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was paid $450,000 by an education firm that has received millions in contracts from the Philadelphia School District, according to sources familiar with the probe. Agents from the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department served two search warrants early Wednesday for Chaka Fattah Jr.'s records, the first at his apartment at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. They also seized Fattah's records and a computer from the Logan Square law office of David T. Shulick.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Investigators are searching for leads in the murder of a couple who were found dead in their East Camden home this week, making them the city's third and fourth fatal shooting victims since Friday. The bodies of John Valerio, 23, and Aleshia Schmincke Hill, 25, were found just before 1:45 p.m. Monday by their landlord, who went to the property to make a repair and called 911. Police who responded to the house on North 26th Street found a gruesome scene: Valerio's body was downstairs, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, while Hill was found in an upstairs bedroom.
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March 22, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired one of the most feared litigators in the region, Richard A. Sprague, to represent her in possible defamation suits arising from accounts of her decision to end an undercover investigation that taped at least five Philadelphia Democrats accepting cash or gifts. Sprague said he would launch an investigation into the conduct of the prosecutors who ran that sting operation, which began in 2010 before Kane took office. She has said the case was mismanaged, possibly tainted by racial profiling, and far too weak for any prosecutions.
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