June 17, 1988 |
More than 300 area doctors have agreed to pay the federal government rather than contest charges that they took kickbacks from the operators of a medical laboratory for ordering "unnecessary" lab tests, authorities announced yesterday. "The response . . . was overwhelming," said James G. Sheehan, chief of the civil division of the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia. Of 359 letters sent last month by federal prosecutors to doctors and group practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey threatening civil suits, 300 resulted in payments totaling $467,500 so far, said Sheehan.
August 16, 1988 |
Four former Philadelphia School District employees who admitted taking cash kickbacks from a pizza supplier now owe the taxpayers a lot of dough, a federal judge has ruled. Although the district has some doubts if it will be able to collect much of the money, Senior U.S. District Judge J. William Ditter Jr., in an order filed yesterday, sliced it this way, awarding treble damages under a civil anti- racketeering law: Anthony D'Alonzo, former executive director of business operations, admitted taking about $48,000, so his piece of the damage pie is three times that - $144,000.
May 21, 1997 |
A former vice president and clothing designer at Pincus Brothers-Maxwell was sentenced yesterday to six months in a halfway house for failing to pay taxes on kickbacks he got from a piecework subcontractor. Pasquale J. Caruso, 51, who recently was fired by PBM, one of the city's largest clothing makers, was also fined $5,000 by U.S. District Judge Lowell A. Reed Jr. Caruso, who will be permitted to work outside the halfway house, had requested house arrest. In seeking leniency, he submitted character references from former co-workers and others, including U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta and Ronald R. Donatucci, the city's register of wills.
March 5, 1994 |
A former purchasing agent for Boeing Helicopter in Ridley Park was convicted by a federal jury yesterday of taking more than $30,000 in kickbacks to grant $1.49 million in aircraft parts contracts to two Boeing suppliers. The jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before convicting Don Eugene Smith of three counts of mail fraud and one count of violating the Anti- Kickback Act. The jury also acquitted Smith of one count of soliciting a kickback. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle 3d scheduled sentencing for June 7. The most serious charge on which Smith was convicted - the kickback count - carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
April 6, 1990 |
An administrator of health and welfare plans for eight area unions has admitted taking $53,699 in kickbacks from a printer who overcharged the plans for his services to cover the illegal payoffs. The plans' administrator, Rudolph Capri, 46, an officer of Accu Benefits Plan Inc., 6th and Chestnut streets, and the printer, Robert Reeves, 42, of Richboro, Bucks County, yesterday were charged with kickback and embezzlement offenses in federal court. Another printer, William Newhart, 49, of Newton Avenue near Cheltenham, has admitted failing to report on his tax returns more than $54,000 in income he got from Reeves to do printing work for the benefit plans.
January 8, 1992 |
The founder of a nationally known Bucks County construction firm yesterday was ordered imprisoned for eight months and fined $225,000 by a federal judge for evading income taxes on cash kickbacks that he admitted getting from a subcontractor. Anthony Marques, 67, a Portuguese immigrant who started Lisbon Contractors Inc. of Danboro three decades ago with $2,400 and who now claims a net worth of $15 million, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle 3d to begin serving his sentence Feb. 6. "You have cheated your adopted country and the hardworking citizens of this country who paid their taxes, most of whom have a lot less in the way of worldly goods than you have," Bartle told Marques.
April 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration's inspector general said Monday that he was investigating possible bribery and kickbacks in the agency, as a central figure in a GSA spending scandal asserted his right to remain silent at a congressional hearing. Inspector general Brian Miller, responding to a question at the hearing, said: "We do have other ongoing investigations, including all sorts of improprieties, including bribes, including possible kickbacks. " Jeffrey Neely, who asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege before the committee, has been placed on leave as a regional executive in Western states.
May 20, 1998 |
The head of a medical supply business pleaded guilty yesterday to paying $85,000 in kickbacks to a local doctor who recommended the company's bandages for Medicare patients with bedsores. Federal law prohibits physicians from soliciting or receiving payoffs "in return for ordering . . . or recommending" Medicare-covered supplies, said Assistant U.S. Attornies Joan L. Markman and Marilyn May. David A. Navazio, 36, of Yardley, Bucks County, now a prosecution witness, admitted paying the kickbacks to Dr. Gregory H. Pierce, who treated Medicare patients at the Philadelphia Nursing Home and at the Neumann Wound Care Center, which Pierce headed.
June 14, 1989 |
Two Philadelphia lawyers yesterday were convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court of paying $16,800 in kickbacks to the Roofers Union in 1985 - money union officials used to bribe city judges and other public officials. The jury, however, acquitted attorneys Herbert K. Fisher and Herman Bloom of all other charges, including paying kickbacks to the union in 1983 and 1984, theft from an employee benefit plan and racketeering. Fisher, 62, of Gladwyne, and Bloom, 64, of Brandywine Street near 19th, longtime partners in the law firm of Bloom, Ocks and Fisher, were allowed to remain free pending sentencing on July 14 by U.S. District Judge Marvin Katz.
January 8, 1986 |
Middlemen have added millions of dollars in kickbacks and exorbitant profits to the cost of Vermont granite being used in the construction of an addition to the state Capitol, an investigator for a House committee said yesterday. Stanley Gochenour, a private detective hired by a special House committee investigating the $117 million construction project, told the committee in a public hearing that two western Pennsylvania stone merchants formed a consortium with subcontractors who paid the merchants "concessions" in return for steering the work to the subcontractors.