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June 17, 1988 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 16, 1988 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 21, 1997 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 5, 1994 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 6, 1990 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 8, 1992 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | By Larry Margasak, Associated Press
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.
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May 20, 1998 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 14, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 8, 1986 | By Carol Morello, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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August 18, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a $1.4 million fraud scheme involving construction projects at military facilities in New Jersey, federal prosecutors said. James Conway, 45, of Lackawanna County, was a regional manager for a construction company that handled projects at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Picatinny Arsenal. While in that job from 2009 to 2015, he steered subcontracts to a business he owned secretly. His company was called Walsh Construction, and Conway signed the subcontracts as the fictitious owner, Keith Walsh.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered mortgage lender and servicer PHH Corp., of Mount Laurel to pay more than $109 million within 30 days for accepting loan kickbacks in the form of reinsurance premiums. Bureau director Richard Cordray affirmed late Thursday an administrative law judge's ruling that PHH, one of the nation's top 10 home lenders, violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act when it accepted kickbacks for mortgages that closed on or after July 21, 2008.
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December 19, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
TWO FORMER PennDOT managers and eight inspectors were arrested today in an overbilling scheme that defrauded taxpayers of more than $1.2 million, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced yesterday. Alexander Morrone, 50, of Norristown, and William Rosetti, 36, of South Philadelphia, both former permits managers for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, allegedly took kickbacks from highway inspectors in exchange for ignoring phony time sheets and mileage reports, Kane said.
NEWS
June 5, 2013
A Philadelphia doctor was convicted Monday of taking more than $260,000 in illegal Medicare or Medicaid kickbacks, federal prosecutors said. After a two-week trial, a jury convicted Eugene Goldman, 55, of conspiracy and violations of the federal antikickback statute, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. Goldman took the money between 2000 and 2011 for referring Medicare and Medicaid patients to Home Care Hospice Inc., a for-profit hospice provider in Northeast Philadelphia, even if they were not eligible or appropriate candidates for hospice.
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August 9, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former contracts manager for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, who is cooperating with investigators in an ongoing federal probe of the agency, was sentenced Wednesday to 50 months in prison for taking $25,000 in kickbacks. Kerri Bizzell, 43, who handled small construction contracts, pleaded guilty in May to extorting the money from two contractors. She also admitted obstructing a grand jury by trying to prevent a contractor from disclosing the payments. U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg ordered her to repay PHA the $25,000.
NEWS
August 4, 2012 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A suburban Philadelphia doctor who provided hospice care for the terminally ill was charged with taking kickbacks for referring dying Medicare and Medicaid patients from his private practice to the health care company where he worked part-time, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Thursday. Yevgeniy "Eugene" Goldman, 54, of Huntingdon Valley, had a private practice in Philadelphia but also worked as a part-time medical director for Home Care Hospice, Inc. in Northeast Philadelphia.
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July 11, 2012 | BY JASON NARK and Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK — On Tuesday morning, Old City developer Michael Yaron stood in the hallway of a Manhattan courthouse with friends and family, framed by a tall open window, the Empire State Building rising up behind him. A few hours later, inside Courtroom 21D, Yaron learned that the empire he started from humble beginnings in Israel, in the storied halls of Oxford University, and on the streets he transformed in Philadelphia, will come to an end...
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April 17, 2012 | By Larry Margasak, Associated Press
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.
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February 13, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 215-854-5916
IN 1989, Michael Yaron begged a federal judge in Philadelphia for another chance, one more opportunity to use his Oxford education and business prowess for good. It wasn't the first time Yaron, a Philadelphia developer, philanthropist and political donor, had asked the court for mercy and it might not be his last. On Feb. 2, Yaron, 67, and three other individuals were convicted of wire and mail fraud in Manhattan stemming from an eight-year conspiracy involving kickbacks in excess of $2 million, the FBI said in a recent news release.
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