May 20, 2013 |
When it comes to credit issues and identity theft, I sometimes feel like what we used to call a broken record. Almost incessantly, I urge readers to check their credit reports by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Both will get you to the "central source" mandated by Congress a decade ago for consumers to request free reports from TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax, the nation's three main credit bureaus. If the reports are clean, I tell readers, there's no need to pay for a credit score - which Congress, alas, did not require the credit bureaus to provide, and did not bar them from pitching via side deals to consumers who request their free reports.
July 5, 1990 |
Two officers of an Elkins Park brokerage firm have been charged by Cheltenham police with stealing $25,000 by allegedly forging checks to withdraw money from a client's investment account between September and April. Michael C. Lloyd, 34, of Abington, and Warren C. Nachmann, 45, of Cheltenham, surrendered at the Cheltenham Police Administration Building on Monday. They are partners of Lloyd Securites Inc. at 7837 Old York Rd. The Securities and Exchange Commission also charged Lloyd and Nachmann on June 6 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia with defrauding their clients of several hundred thousand dollars, making fraudulent sales of unregistered securities and other violations of federal securities laws.
July 11, 1990 |
A North Philadelphia man was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing a pair of binoculars from the balloonists who inadvertently landed in a vacant lot at 7th and Oxford streets Saturday, police said. Acting on a tip from the Daily News, police went to the home of James "Big Boy" Williams, 31, on Franklin Street near Master to charge him with the theft, police said. But Williams wasn't home, and Detective Sgts. Gerard Duffy and Shawn Trush returned to East Detectives headquarters, only to find Williams sitting there, being booked on unrelated robbery charges, police said.
November 20, 1986 |
Missing: One U.S. mailbox. Postal Service authorities and police are looking for a blue mailbox, complete with eagle insignias, that was stolen from the corner of Cottman Avenue and Leon Street. The box, which had been bolted to the ground, was reported missing on Nov. 13. James Covert, superintendent of the Postal Service Boulevard Station, Levick and Revere Streets, reported the theft to police after a postal worker went to the corner to empty the mailbox, and discovered it missing.
July 28, 1991 |
A Council Rock High School graduate was apprehended by police at his alma mater early Wednesday for trying to steal lab equipment and other school supplies, Newtown Township police said. According to the police report, Robert Daniel Wallace, 22, of 52 Knowles Ave., Churchville, broke into the school, at 62 Swamp Rd., with a second man who fled the school before police arrived. Wallace told police that he and the other man got onto the building's roof, climbed through the greenhouse windows and entered the school building through a connecting door after removing a glass pane.
October 3, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI's onetime butler declared Tuesday he was innocent of a charge of aggravated theft of the pope's private correspondence, but acknowledged he photocopied the papers and said he feels guilty that he betrayed the trust of the pontiff he loves like a father. Paolo Gabriele took the stand Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom to defend himself against accusations of his role in one of the most damaging scandals of Benedict's pontificate. Prosecutors say he stole the pope's letters and documents alleging power struggles and corruption inside the Vatican and leaked them to a journalist.
January 15, 1995 |
A West Chester contractor has been accused of using a former customer's name to take out three fraudulent loans, totaling $22,000, Caln police said. Joseph John Gullo, 42, of the 1000 block of Forest Road, was charged with forgery, theft, receiving stolen property and attempted theft after an investigation by Caln and Uwchlan police. The transactions occurred in late December at Commercial Credit Corp. in the Caln Village Shopping Center, American General Finance Inc. in Thorndale, and Avco Financial Services in Lionville.
May 2, 1998 |
A 19-year-old man was in custody and his father was being sought yesterday after authorities said the men made illegal U-turns in front of police with the stolen cars they had used to burglarize three Chinese restaurants in Burlington County. Charles J. Williams Jr. of Passaic was charged with burglary and theft and was being held in the Burlington County Jail on $10,000 bail. His father, Charles J. Williams Sr. of Burlington Township was being sought on charges of burglary and aggravated assault on police.
April 9, 1987 |
A Tacony woman has been charged with theft after police said she defrauded a Willow Grove woman of $3,000 when she read the woman's tarot cards and said the woman and her son would die unless a spell on them was removed. Police said the victim, identified as Marsha Seigh, 37, had her cards read by the suspect, Lilly Thompson, 41, of the 7000 block of Frankford Avenue, on March 23. During the reading, investigators said, Thompson told Seigh that the cards indicated that the lives of the woman and her son were in great danger because of a spell that had been placed on them.
October 18, 1987 |
It was a case of one thing just leading to another. First, according to police, Steven Taylor of Wilmington, became involved in an argument with a female passenger in his car as he was driving south on I-95 about 12:15 a.m. Oct. 10. Then, Taylor pulled over to the shoulder near the Bridge Street interchange and the woman got out of the car and started to walk along the highway, police said. While she was walking, two men in a truck pulled over and offered her a ride, an offer that she refused.