August 3, 2016 |
Genesis Healthcare Inc., a major nursing home operator based in Kennett Square, said Monday that it would pay $52.7 million under an "agreement in principle" to settle four separate U.S. Department of Justice investigations. The investigations involve allegations that Genesis units acquired since 2012 improperly billed the government for hospice services in Nevada, provided inadequate staffing at some facilities from 2005 through 2013, and violated Medicare rules for physical therapy at two subsidiaries.
July 23, 2016 |
Bensalem Township has temples, synagogues, and churches, but in 2014 Bucks County's largest municipality declined to grant a permit for a mosque. That, said the U.S. Justice Department in a suit filed Thursday, constituted religious discrimination. The suit seeks to have the township give the Bensalem Masjid approval to build the mosque, provide training for township employees regarding religious land-use laws, and pay unspecified damages. The Bensalem Masjid has been embroiled in litigation with the township since 2014.
July 13, 2016 |
Republicans summoned FBI Director James Comey to Capitol Hill on Thursday to question him about his determination that Hillary Clinton did not break the law with her use of a private email server. They termed it an "emergency" hearing, and their questions were correspondingly urgent. "Have you seen the Broadway production Hamilton ?" Rep. John Mica of Florida, the most senior Republican on the House Oversight Committee, asked Comey. The witness looked puzzled at the line of questioning: Was Mica going to challenge him to a duel?
June 25, 2016 |
Yuengling brewery has agreed to settle violations of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. In a consent decree filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania brewery - America's oldest - agreed to spend about $7 million to improve environmental measures and pay a $2.8 million penalty. Federal authorities said D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., based in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, violated Clean Water Act requirements for companies that discharge industrial waste to municipal publicly owned wastewater-treatment facilities.
June 18, 2016 |
For the last two years, Delphine Matthews hasn't had time to grieve. She's spent days that have melded into weeks organizing protests and creating Facebook campaigns, distributing fliers, and writing letters. Letters to Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, and Michelle Obama. Letters, she said, to anyone who would listen. Two years ago, Matthews' son, Frank McQueen, 34, was shot and killed by a Chester police officer. Police said officers returned fire after McQueen shot and wounded an officer in the abdomen.
June 6, 2016 |
Osama bin Laden was on the run. But not to worry; the Justice Department had his back. Soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as lawyers for families and victims scoured the globe for evidence, they asked for a copy of bin Laden's Interpol arrest warrant, issued at the request of the Justice Department. Justice did get back to the lawyers, but not with the answer they wanted. The U.S. government could not release any information without bin Laden's permission because to do so "generally constitutes an unwarranted invasion of privacy," wrote Edgar Smith, a Justice Department official who coordinated information requests with Interpol.
June 3, 2016 |
Six South Jersey residents are among nine people charged in connection with an interstate dogfighting network, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Those charged would set the dogs up in matches to attack and fight each other, which often would result in the dogs' deaths, the office said. Facing conspiracy and other charges are Anthony "Monte" Gaines, 35, Lydell Harris, 30, and Tiffany Burt, 34, all of Vineland; Justin Love, 36, of Westville; Mario Atkinson, 40, of Asbury Park; and Frank Nichols, 39, of Millville.
May 28, 2016 |
Will a Justice Department review bring change to Chester's police department and its strained relationship with city residents? Touted Thursday as a long-term, transparent strategy for identifying problems with Chester police policies, the probe seeks to present the first critical and public look at the force and its 94 full-time officers. "This is not something to put Chester police officers under a microscope," Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland said at a news conference announcing the collaborative review.
May 25, 2016 |
Among the millions of dollars in federal funding that U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah prides himself on securing for worthy causes, he has repeatedly singled out money obtained for two education nonprofits that he helped create. But witnesses Monday in the congressman's federal corruption trial testified that questions surrounded the spending of both organizations - Educational Advancement Alliance (EAA) and CORE Philly - well before they became embroiled in the case currently playing out before a jury.
May 20, 2016 |
An off-campus suicide in 2013 has triggered a federal civil rights probe into the $12 billion Hershey School - the second in four years by the Justice Department - for possibly violating the federal disabilities act, according to a half-dozen people who say they were contacted by the government. Investigators are looking into whether the scandal-plagued school fails to enroll physically disabled children and expels students with mental-health problems. Those who have spoken with federal attorneys say they were told not to speak about the case publicly.