June 5, 2016
A 36-year-old Atlantic County woman was sentenced Friday in federal court in Camden to six years in prison for scamming owners of timeshares in a $3 million scheme, prosecutors said. Ashley Lacerda of Egg Harbor Township was convicted of one count of mail fraud and four counts of wire fraud in 2013 along with three other codefendants, including her husband, Adam, 32. Prosecutors said Adam Lacerda founded a company in Mays Landing, Vacation Ownership Group L.L.C., that offered fraudulent consulting services to hundreds of timeshare owners.
March 26, 2016 |
Federal authorities on Thursday charged three men in a fraud scheme that allegedly netted them close to $1 million. According to charging documents, the men worked for an inventory-management company in Radnor identified as "Company A," or a pharmaceutical company in New Brunswick, N.J., identified as "Company B. " While the companies were not named, "Company A" appears to be Storeroom Solutions Inc. and "Company B" appears to be Bristol-Myers Squibb,...
January 31, 2016 |
Federal prosecutors Friday unsealed an indictment charging a Wynnewood doctor with Social Security fraud. Frederick Douglas Burton, 67, of the Burton Wellness & Injury Center on City Avenue in Wynnewood, has been charged with two counts of mail fraud and attempted mail fraud. He is accused of defrauding the Social Security Administration by signing and sending letters on behalf of another doctor, Dennis Erik Fluck Von Kiel, of Lehigh County. The two letters, sent in the fall of 2013 to a law firm that helps clients obtain Social Security disability benefits, falsely contended that Burton had been treating Von Kiel for about seven years, and that Von Kiel suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was unable to work, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.
September 26, 2015 |
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, with orchestrating an alleged $1.8 million fake-invoice scam. Douglas S. Rae, 58, of Bethlehem, could face 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine, and payment of full restitution on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and money laundering, federal prosecutors said in documents filed last week. Rae submitted $900,000 in fake invoices directly to QVC through two companies he controlled, Lighting Equipment Sales & Service Inc. and Lighting Products International Inc., according to the indictment.
September 11, 2015 |
OH, THIS GUY AGAIN. Leaford George Cameron, a wannabe lawyer who looks more like a crazed hypnotist, made news in 2013 when he was arrested by Delaware County authorities for allegedly impersonating an attorney. When detectives asked whether he was licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, "his reply was that he should be," according to the criminal complaint. Now, Cameron is in even bigger trouble. U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger announced yesterday that Cameron, 62, of Burlington, N.J., has been indicted for mail fraud, wire fraud and false statements.
September 6, 2015 |
Once a Democratic fund-raising power broker known to hobnob with mayors and congressmen, Samuel G. Kuttab is headed back to prison - this time for using his political influence in an attempt to fix a case in Philadelphia Municipal Court. U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez on Friday sentenced Kuttab to six months in prison, the latest punishment in a federal probe aimed at rooting out corruption in city courts. During Kuttab's sentencing hearing Wednesday, the judge had harsh words for what the defendant had done.
July 31, 2015 |
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid, and line the pockets of family members and close political allies. The 11-term Democratic congressman, who holds a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, was charged in a 29-count racketeering conspiracy indictment that alleges he channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay off an illegal $1 million campaign loan as well as the college debts of son Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. In addition, federal authorities said, Fattah, 58, accepted bribes including stacks of cash, payments toward a Poconos vacation home, and college tuition for an au pair from a lobbyist seeking his help to land an ambassadorship with the Obama White House.
July 26, 2015 |
FORMER TRAFFIC Court Judge Fortunato Perri Sr. will get no jail time for his involvement in the ticket-fixing scandal that brought down Philadelphia Traffic Court. Perri, 78, yesterday was sentenced to two years probation and a $4,000 fine. He accepted gifts such as seafood and car repairs in exchange for dismissing traffic violations. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to four charges: conspiracy, mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud. "I would just like to say I'm sorry for the trouble I caused, and I apologize to the court," Perri said during the sentencing.
May 31, 2015 |
The former longtime owner of the historic Bucks County Playhouse was found guilty Friday by a federal jury of claiming more than $200,000 in fraudulent insurance payments after a 2006 flood devastated the property, prosecutors said. Ralph Miller could face up to 30 years in prison for convictions on counts of money laundering and mail fraud, said Assistant U.S. Attorney K.T. Newton. Miller, who for three decades owned the theater along the Delaware River in New Hope, was accused of submitting false invoices for expensive theater lights and emergency repair work after the 2006 flood, Newton said.
March 5, 2015 |
Once a Democratic fund-raising wheeler-dealer who counted mayors and congressmen as friends, Samuel G. Kuttab took a hit to his reputation when a 2002 tax-evasion case sent him to federal prison for two years. His political fortunes appeared poised to sink further Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to charges involving the use of his influence to sway a civil lawsuit in his favor. In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez Jr., Kuttab, 55, said that in 2011, he enlisted the aid of then-Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. to fix the case.