September 6, 2015 |
PEOPLE WHO KNEW Sam Kuttab filed up to the microphone in federal court one by one earlier this week, each of them telling stories about how kind he was, how he was a good father and a businessman who took a chance on a neighborhood others fled long ago. Kuttab, who raised funds and rubbed elbows in Democratic circles, is also the kind of guy who used political influence to try to fix a case in Philadelphia Municipal Court over a lawsuit that would have...
August 7, 2015 |
AS IF THE thought of paying $1.7 million in restitution to the IRS weren't enough of a shock, a Delaware County man sentenced yesterday lost his footing and hit his head on the defense table in federal court. William Frio, 59, of Springfield Township, was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in a money-skimming and tax-evasion scheme as the accountant for the Nifty Fifty's restaurant chain. Despite the brief commotion, Frio's attorney Michael Engle reported that his client was checked out by a medic from the Marshals' Office, but did not lose consciousness or go to the hospital.
July 4, 2015 |
For Charles and Mary Bangle, the pizza business meant big dough. The husband-and-wife owners of the Manco & Manco Pizza restaurants, landmarks on the Ocean City, N.J., boardwalk for decades, traveled the country, bought custom clothing, and often had wine shipped from California. According to prosecutors, that lifestyle was funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars skimmed from their own cash registers. On Thursday, Charles Bangle, 55, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in federal court in Camden.
July 3, 2015 |
THE PIES will be coming out hot and fast at Manco & Manco Pizza this weekend and the owners of the famous Jersey Shore eateries won't be going to trial for tax evasion after all. Charles Bangle, 55, of Somers Point, Atlantic County, pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in U.S. District court in Camden yesterday in connection to his 2010 personal tax return and for structuring financial transactions in 2011 to avoid reporting requirements....
June 24, 2015 |
Having already forged the signatures of his father-in-law and a family friend to create payday loan businesses in Utah, federal prosecutors say, Adrian Rubin needed new partners. The Jenkintown man turned first, prosecutors contend, to an American Indian tribe based in California, and paid it thousands of dollars to pretend it was the lender. Then, Rubin allegedly plotted with his two sons in a multimillion-dollar telemarketing scheme that defrauded 70,000 people. He went to great lengths to hide his involvement, prosecutors say. That's because he had been convicted of tax evasion in 1997.
June 9, 2015 |
The complicated life and legal history of Dwight Grant - Beanie Sigel - South Philly's grittiest rapper and preeminent rep of its meanest streets - is etched in stone and repeated in newsprint. He's been Jay Z's best bud, label signee, and worst enemy (pals now since Beans and Hova reunited for May's Tidal B-Sides concert). He's got a stark, seven-album-deep solo career, and is forever a member of State Property with Freeway and other notorious Philly MCs. He's been arrested, jailed, and released, most recently in 2014, when he was shot and hospitalized.
March 5, 2015 |
IN THE END, Samuel G. Kuttab had called in a favor to a judge and corrupted the judicial system, all to save $2,138.44 in Small Claims Court. Yesterday, the Wyncote native, described as a "politically active businessman," appeared in U.S. District Court to plead guilty to mail fraud for his role in the scheme. Kuttab learned that he'd be losing money and possibly his freedom. "Have you thought long and hard about what you're doing here today?" U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez asked him. Prosecutors said that Kuttab, 55, was active in Democratic circles, donating to campaigns and hosting parties, and that he befriended and supported Joseph C. Waters Jr. when Waters sought to become both a Municipal Court and Common Pleas judge.
January 28, 2015 |
THE FORMER accountant for the Nifty Fifty's milkshake-and-burgers chain pleaded guilty yesterday to his role in a tax-evasion scheme involving the company. William J. Frio, 58, of Springfield Township, Delaware County, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit tax evasion and related offenses in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. He was the sixth defendant to plead guilty in the long-running scheme, federal prosecutors said. According to his May indictment, Frio failed to properly account for more than $15 million in gross receipts for the restaurants, thus evading more than $2.2 million in federal taxes from Jan. 1, 2006, to Aug. 23, 2010.
January 12, 2015 |
With the onset of the 2015 tax-filing season, here are cautionary tales of a man and a woman whom you don't want preparing your taxes. The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service highlight some of the brightest red flags among fraudulent tax preparers. These two local folks were doozies. In 2013, "Archie" - full name, Adekunle Adetayo Adeolu - was sentenced to prison and $135,519 in restitution after filing false tax returns. He operated Adeolu & Okojie, a tax-service business in Philadelphia.
January 8, 2015 |
The Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel left an Atlantic City hospital last weekend after spending nearly a month recovering from a gunshot wound, police said Tuesday. Sigel gave investigators a statement before leaving AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. "I'm not going to characterize whether he was cooperative or uncooperative," Pleasantville Police Capt. Sean Riggin said Tuesday. Asked if the statement was helpful, he said, "Yes, sure. Every statement's helpful. " Sigel was shot Dec. 5 at his brother-in-law's Pleasantville home, where he had been staying after being released from a federal prison for tax evasion.