June 27, 2016
How did a veteran congressman come to think it was a good idea to appropriate half a million federal dollars to a fake charity devoted to cleaning up after water-skiers? Or take a down payment on a vacation home from a would-be ambassador whose bona fides he pitched to the president himself? Or repay an illegal loan to his campaign with laundered public money? The answer can be discerned in the collective shrug of Chaka Fattah's fellow Philadelphia Democrats last week when a jury found him to be the taxpayer-employed capo of a criminal organization.
June 24, 2016 |
Two New Jersey brothers were sentenced Wednesday for trying to ship three stolen luxury vehicles - a Porsche and two Mercedes-Benz S550s - to Hong Kong, authorities said. Andrew Clarke, 43, of Irvington, received a 25-year sentence, and Llewellyn Clarke, 42, of North Plainfield, a term of nearly 17 years. They were convicted in July in federal court in Camden on charges of conspiracy to transport stolen motor vehicles. The Clarkes bought the vehicles from thieves in New York and North Jersey, authorities said, and planned to have the cars resold in Hong Kong and other locations.
April 18, 2016 |
For Subaru, what couldn't be helped has turned into a rendezvous with history - and a gift that keeps on giving. Back in the '90's, when truck-based SUVs had become all the rage, Subaru wanted to get into this lucrative act. But alas, while the little Japanese automaker had the yen to field an SUV, its R&D piggy bank didn't contain enough yen to develop one. The solution was brilliant. The designers took an existing all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy station wagon, jacked it up a bit, and adorned it with macho SUV styling cues, notably hefty bumpers.
April 14, 2016 |
In their first substantive attack on evidence that could feature in their client's corruption trial, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's attorneys accused prosecutors of lobbing disingenuous accusations and innuendo at members of the congressman's family. Lawyer Samuel W. Silver, in filings late Monday in U.S. District Court, said government lawyers had twisted the meaning behind recorded conversations they hope to use at trial. He specifically cited a tape that prosecutors flagged this month, saying it could expose Fattah's wife, former NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, to possible criminal liability.
April 7, 2016 |
Former NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah accused prosecutors Tuesday of personally attacking her and misleading the court overseeing her husband's federal corruption case. Her response - posted on her Facebook page - came four days after government lawyers suggested in court filings that she might face criminal liability should she testify next month at the trial of her spouse, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.). "I am not surprised that as soon as I take a high-profile role in my husband's reelection less than three weeks away, these prosecutors would attack me," read her post, which was also shared on the Facebook page of a political group supporting her husband's campaign.
April 6, 2016 |
Ten months after Renee Chenault-Fattah finalized paperwork on the sale of her 1989 Porsche convertible to a lobbyist friend of her husband's, the former NBC10 news anchor continued to insure the sports car and keep it in her garage. Now, federal prosecutors say they have a recording that proves Chenault-Fattah still considered the car to be her own nearly a year later and knew its January 2012 sale for $18,000 was little more than a sham. The tape - which prosecutors intend to play next month at the corruption trial of her husband, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah - could expose Chenault-Fattah to criminal liability, they said in court filings late last week.
August 1, 2015 |
Renee Chenault-Fattah insisted Thursday that her sale of a 1989 Porsche convertible for $18,000 was a legitimate transaction and not, as federal prosecutors contend, a sham to cover a bribe from a lobbyist to her husband, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. In a letter to NBC10, her employer, the news anchor said she sold the car in 2012 to the lobbyist, Herbert Vederman, but held onto it - undriven, she said, for three years because Vederman did not have room to keep it. "I know this was a legitimate sale but this not likely to go away anytime soon," Chenault-Fattah wrote, according to NBC10.
July 31, 2015 |
BEFORE YOU COULD ask, "What will 'Person E' do next?" Philadelphia heard from longtime NBC10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah in a letter to her bosses. And more questions arose. Federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday in an 85-page indictment against her husband, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, and four others that Chenault-Fattah fraudulently sold her 1989 Porsche Carrera to a Florida-based lobbyist for $18,000. "Both the indictment and media accounts are incorrect," she said in her letter to the local NBC affiliate, parts of which were included in a report posted on the station's website yesterday afternoon.
December 22, 2014 |
When it comes to styling the Murano, Nissan's flagship crossover SUV, no one has ever accused the automaker of erring on the side of conservatism. The Murano has been a fresh and interesting design exercise since its birth early in the millennium. But when it was redesigned for the 2015 model year, it became a bit more than a departure from the generic. It graduated to a walk on the wild side. The new Murano doesn't just push the design envelope. It punches holes in it. Consider, for example, the way the quarter panels protrude upward into the cargo area side windows like shark fins.
September 21, 2014 |
A FRIENDLY disagreement on Twitter spawned a race between a $78,000 sports car and an Amtrak express train. If only every Twitter debate could be so productive. Road vs. Rails chronicled the 440-mile journey yesterday of Amtrak's high-speed Acela and a 2014 Porsche Panamara from Boston to Washington, D.C., on social media. Transit advocate and graphicmachine partner Matt Staub traveled for Team Train while car enthusiast and eCommerce manager Kris Nielsen drove for Team Porsche.