January 16, 1992 |
Acquitted yesterday of mail fraud, prominent criminal lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. offered advice for the federal authorities that prosecuted him. "Go after criminals," Peruto, 36, deadpanned to a crowd of reporters in the lobby of the U.S. courthouse before walking outside into the cold, a free man. Peruto, whose name has popped up in a number of headline-grabbing cases in the dozen years he's been a lawyer, was charged with cheating the...
March 28, 1989 |
Roofers Union-tarred Common Pleas Judge Joseph P. Braig has agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he cheated an insurance company out of more than $7,000 to help pay for renovations to his girlfriend's Queen Village house, a source said. In return for the plea to mail fraud, the government agreed to drop charges that the judge extorted $500 from then-Roofers chief Stephen Traitz Jr. in 1985. The state Supreme Court last month cleared Braig of ethical wrongdoing in taking the cash, saying it was a Christmas gift from now-convicted briber Traitz.
January 9, 1997 |
A 59-year-old Cherry Hill accountant was indicted yesterday on charges of mail fraud for allegedly cheating his clients out of $655,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark. Howard A. Dudnick, of the 100 block of En Provence Court, was charged with 12 counts of mail fraud involving a scheme to raise money for a bogus school bond. If convicted, Dudnick could face five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each count, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Peter Suarez said.
March 27, 1986 |
A Montgomery County securities dealer was charged yesterday with defrauding 21 of his clients out of about $750,000 by depositing their investment money into his personal bank accounts. Harry N. Daylor, 70, of Laurelwood Road, Pottstown, was charged by the U.S. attorney's office with five counts of mail fraud in the alleged scheme. If convicted, he will face a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $503,000 fine. According to the charges, Daylor, a sales representative for the national securities firm IDS Financial Services, solicited thousands of dollars from individuals from June 1978 through April 1985 for investment in a tax-exempt bond fund, and then kept the money without informing IDS of the transactions.
June 25, 1987 |
In a decision that will make it tougher to convict corrupt public officials, the Supreme Court yesterday invalidated a legal doctrine that has been used for years to imprison scores of governors, judges, city councilmen, congressmen and others for fraud. The justices, departing from the lower courts' uniformly broad interpretations of the federal mail fraud statute, ruled 7-2 that the law cannot be used to prosecute defendants for defrauding citizens of their "intangible rights" to honest and impartial government.
July 24, 2012
A former city court employee allegedly made $433,000 in purchases using court funds to enrich himself, his family, and his friends, federal prosecutors said Monday. William Rullo, 47, of Levittown, was charged with mail fraud and faces a maximum 20 years in prison. Rullo worked in the procurement department of the First Judicial District and used a court credit card, a check, and forged invoices for his personal benefit, federal prosecutors said. Among the items and services allegedly purchased by Rullo: 36 plasma and LCD televisions, monthly service for eight mobile phones used by family members and friends, $35,000 in monthly parking passes that he resold to friends and coworkers, and $1,300 in SEPTA tokens that he resold at a discount.
March 31, 2000 |
The 19-count federal indictment against Camden Mayor Milton Milan charges the city's first Hispanic mayor with bribery, attempted extortion, wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The indictment, which was unsealed yesterday in Camden, accuses Milan of two primary illegal acts: using his office repeatedly to receive payments or favors from individuals and firms, and taking bribes from Philadelphia-based La Cosa Nostra. Here are some highlights of the indictment: Accepting more than $30,000 in bribes from the Philadelphia mob under the orders of former mob boss - turned "King Rat" - Ralph Natale.
June 2, 1992 |
A lawyer who formerly worked at the Philadelphia Housing Authority was charged yesterday with income-tax evasion and stealing a $15,000 lawsuit settlement from a private client. Marlene Joseph, 52, of the 1200 block of Norwalk Road in Philadelphia, was charged with one count of mail fraud and two counts of tax evasion for 1987 and 1988. The charges identified Joseph as the minority-business-enterprise and equal-employment-opportunity officer at the housing authority, but Assistant U.S. Attorneys Barry Gross and William B. Carr Jr. said the charges were not based on her activities as a PHA employee.
April 1, 1989 |
Former Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph P. Braig pleaded guilty to mail fraud yesterday in U.S. District Court, admitting that he filed an inflated insurance claim for wind and water damage to his Queen Village home in 1983. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney's Office agreed to drop a federal extortion charge alleging that Braig received $500 in cash from Roofers Union leader Stephen J. Traitz Jr. in December 1985. Standing solemnly before U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro, Braig, 52, answered, "Guilty, Your Honor," to each of three counts of mail fraud.