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December 19, 1995 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
A Clementon, N.J., man was arrested yesterday by federal authorities for allegedly agreeing to pay $10,000 to an arsonist to have his house set on fire. John B. Early, who allegedly wanted to collect on his insurance policy, didn't know it, but the man he met near the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia last month was an undercover FBI agent posing as a torch-for-hire. Early, 59, who once operated a ski area in South Jersey known as Ski Mountain, allegedly wanted the fire set Jan. 2, when he would be vacationing in Florida.
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July 26, 1996 | by Mark Angeles and Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writers
Alan "Rudy" Cohen, the snitch who jumped out of his car and avoided a deadly shootout between an FBI agent and a drug dealer last spring, couldn't dodge a jail sentence yesterday. Cohen, looking older than his 54 years, stood before U.S. District Judge John Padova and found out he would spend the next 67 months in federal prison. Cohen's attorney had asked for a 24-month term, and federal prosecutors had recommended 127 months. Cohen set up a March 22 meeting between veteran FBI undercover agent Charles Reed and 24-year-old drug dealer Jonathan Cramer.
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July 30, 1986 | By Jane Cope, Special to The Inquirer
A former Delran Township police officer, arrested after he sold cocaine to an undercover agent in 1984, was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Burlington County Superior Court judge yesterday. James E. Stach, a 17-year veteran of the township force and a resident of Hunters Glen Apartments, Delran, received the sentence on the charge of distributing more than 1 ounce of cocaine. Testing conducted by the county forensic laboratory on the 10 ounces of cocaine sold by Stach showed the drug to be 88.9 percent pure.
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August 26, 1998 | By Lewis Kamb, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Federal authorities say a 44-year-old man drove more than 160 miles from his Levittown home to a Maryland shopping mall for what he expected to be a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl he had met over the Internet. But when Anthony H. Lezzo Jr. arrived for an arranged meeting at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda on Aug. 6, only FBI agents were there to greet him, said Special Agent Peter Gulotta, a spokesman for the FBI's Baltimore office. Lezzo was arrested and charged with one count of interstate travel for the purpose of engaging in sex with a child.
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May 24, 2000 | By Adam L. Cataldo, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Connecticut man has been arrested, prosecutors say, for trying to arrange a meeting with someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet. The girl turned out to be an investigator with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Francis P. Fortin, 49, of East Hartford, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with criminal attempted sexual assault and attempted endangerment of a child. He was held at the Camden County jail after failing to post $200,000 bail. "In today's world of high-speed connections, parents need to reestablish their connection with their children," Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon said in a statement.
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August 4, 1993 | By Maura Webber, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Persistence, aggressiveness and even pigheadedness can be important skills in the dog-eat-dog world of business. But those traits backfired on Marshall E. Jay, 36, of Willingboro, who, police said, kept calling and calling his customer trying to clinch a $450 sale on Jan. 27. That's because the product Jay was allegedly trying to sell was 2 ounces of marijuana and the person he was repeatedly calling was an undercover agent from the...
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March 5, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal agent assigned to drive deportees from Philadelphia to the York County Prison has been charged with theft and related offenses for allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars from the vulnerable immigrants he transported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin M. Ford, 32, of Stratford, was arrested Feb. 24 in an elaborate sting that involved marked bills, an undercover officer who posed as a non-English-speaking immigrant, cooperation from the prison's intake unit, and the takedown of Ford by a Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team.
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September 22, 2010 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The circumstances of Eugene Lopez's 2007 arrest on the streets of Germantown seemed clear-cut: As Philadelphia Police Officer Mark Williams watched from his cruiser, Lopez tossed a package into an open car window and kept walking. Williams reached into the car, grabbed the package and followed Lopez, who was charged with possession with intent to deliver. The package turned out to contain a kilogram of cocaine, police later said. But on Tuesday, the day Lopez was scheduled to go to trial in Common Pleas court, prosecutors dropped the charges.
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May 18, 2000 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
Danny Malatesta Jr. didn't look like your ordinary mob thug in federal court yesterday. Dressed in a black sports jacket, tan pants and black-and-tan- striped tie and wearing black wire-rimmed glasses, the tall, black-haired 29-year-old looked more "like he stepped out of a Brooks Brothers catalog," according to a mob watcher. But looks can be deceiving. When the preppie extortionist - a few credits shy of a Drexel University bachelor's degree - opened his mouth, he sounded like an understudy for Joe Pesci in "Goodfellas.
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September 12, 1991 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
A convicted Philadelphia Mafia soldier serving time at a federal prison in Kansas was one of three prisoners who allegedly asked an inmate to find them a source of cocaine, prosecutors say. The inmate gave the local mobster, Salvatore "Wayne" Grande, and his two pals a phone number in Oklahoma City, and let them take it from there, never mentioning that he was an informant and that the phone number belonged to an undercover FBI agent. Grande's brother-in-law, Salvatore Dominic Piccolo, 40, an unemployed South Philadelphia bartender, was indicted by a federal grand jury here yesterday for trying to buy 44 pounds of cocaine from the undercover agent.
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July 13, 2016
A 42-year-old Camden County man was arraigned Monday in federal court on charges that he distributed child pornography and conspired to sexually exploit two children, prosecutors said. Alexander Capasso, of Collingswood, was arrested last July after he allegedly sent child porn to an undercover agent. Federal agents executed a search warrant at his home and found more child porn, including videos of two children that Capasso allegedly made with his ex-girlfriend. If convicted on the conspiracy charge, Capasso would face a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and a maximum 30 years.
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August 31, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
NEXT MONTH, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will flock like papal doves to Philly for the World Meeting of Families. Many will fly into and out of Philly International Airport. Some will have babies in tow, and those babies will get hungry on their flights back home. And they will want milk. Because they're, y'know, babies. My prayerful entreaty is that the Transportation Security Administration is more accommodating with them than it was with the Bunn's baby. Last Monday morning, Steve and Susana Bunn were headed home to Santa Ana, Calif., after a long visit here with friends and family (Steve is a Philly native)
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July 27, 2015 | JULIE SHAW, DAILY NEWS STAFF
ALEX CAPASSO, the chef who opened the Crow & the Pitcher bar-restaurant just south of Rittenhouse Square last year, appeared before a federal magistrate yesterday, and through his federal defender, did not contest his detention on a charge of distribution of child porn. Capasso, 41, bearded and wearing a forest-green prison jumpsuit, had been arrested Monday at his Collingswood home. According to court documents, on July 6, he responded to an online ad posted by an undercover agent with a Washington, D.C., police-and-FBI task force.
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April 22, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
A former Pennsylvania undercover agent has sued Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for defamation, saying she made false statements about his role in a "sting" operation that caught Philadelphia elected officials on tape pocketing money. Claude Thomas, who posed as the driver for the lobbyist turned operative in the sting, said Kane falsely told the public that he had said the operation had a racial agenda, targeting blacks and exempting whites. Thomas notes in the suit that he is African American.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Though American writer-director James Gray is best known for crime dramas such as The Yards , We Own the Night, and Blood Ties , his 1994 debut, Little Odessa , about Jewish Russian émigrés in Brooklyn, showed he had a talent for capturing the peculiar rhythms of immigrant communities and the dynamics within first-generation families. He returns to some of those concerns with the stunning The Immigrant , a rich, complex drama set in the early 1920s about two Polish sisters who spend their last penny to emigrate to New York.
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March 11, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHRISTINE YODER, a Northeast Philly mom, stood before a federal judge yesterday and admitted taking sexually explicit photos of her two young daughters, and offering the older girl - who was 6 years old - to a man in Michigan. Yoder, 32, a short woman with straight brown hair, dressed in a forest-green prison shirt and pants, pleaded guilty to two counts each of producing child porn and distributing lewd pictures. "Are you pleading guilty because you are in fact guilty?" U.S. District Chief Judge Petrese Tucker asked Yoder.
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March 5, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal agent assigned to drive deportees from Philadelphia to the York County Prison has been charged with theft and related offenses for allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars from the vulnerable immigrants he transported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin M. Ford, 32, of Stratford, was arrested Feb. 24 in an elaborate sting that involved marked bills, an undercover officer who posed as a non-English-speaking immigrant, cooperation from the prison's intake unit, and the takedown of Ford by a Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team.
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January 25, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a dealer of paintings and prints, Nathan Isen specialized in selling Warhols, Dalís, and the works of other modern artists to Main Line connoisseurs and investors nationwide. But when a less-than-savory customer showed up at his storefront with $20,000 in cash - bound in rubber bands, stuffed in a brown paper bag, and reeking of marijuana - Isen didn't turn her away. In fact, federal prosecutors said Friday, the 61-year-old art dealer, whose I. Brewster & Co. gallery is a Museum Row mainstay, proved only too accommodating.
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April 12, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he began a career in federal law enforcement, Arthur Lewis set a simple but ambitious goal. He wanted to see his photograph hang on the wall in a prominent place of honor among the hierarchy. In a journey that took nearly three decades, Lewis rose through the ranks as a trailblazer in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He became the first African American acting deputy administrator of the DEA during a career that took him from the gritty streets of Harlem as an undercover agent to the second in charge of the agency in Washington.
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February 27, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MICHAEL BARNDT thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex last June when he checked into a Wilmington, Del., hotel and bought her black lace panties. But the teen he chatted with online was a federal Department of Homeland Security agent. Barndt, 40, of Sellersville, Bucks County, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Delaware to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. At the time of his arrest, he was working as a chef at Lakeside School in Horsham Township.
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