July 16, 2014 |
The founder of a chain of day-care centers in Philadelphia was indicted Monday in federal court on charges of stealing money intended to feed low-income children. Tracey Parson, 44, of Sicklerville, Camden County, also was charged with filing a bogus lawsuit against Philadelphia radio personality Tarsha "Jonesy" Jones that allowed Parson to receive a "substantial" settlement from the company that owns Power 99 and led to the reported firing of Jones. Parson founded Kiddie Kare Child Care & Education Center Inc. in 2008 and allegedly conspired with others to defraud the government for more than 21/2 years, from around December 2009 until June 2012, prosecutors said.
July 12, 2014 |
A North Philadelphia day-care operator awaiting trial for her role in the death of a 7-year-old in her care told a federal judge Thursday that she used her sister-in-law's identity to hide her extensive criminal past and obtain a state license. Tianna Edwards pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors said her business, Tianna's Terrific Tots, received more than $1.4 million in state subsidies from 2008 to 2011 - money she would not have received had the state known about her convictions for insurance fraud, shoplifting, and providing false identification to law enforcement.
June 25, 2014 |
ON THE AFTERNOON of Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, Gomer Thomas Williams, then an attorney at the Center City law firm Spector Gadon & Rosen, sat in his car near his Philadelphia home, with a shotgun in hand, ready to take his own life. "The guilt was simply too much for me," Williams told a federal judge yesterday. "I couldn't function. I couldn't continue what I was doing. " Williams, 54, stood before U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis, apologizing for stealing $503,361 from four of his trust and estate clients between 2007 and 2012.
February 11, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA One question will take center stage Monday when Masai Skief is sentenced for embezzling from the charter school he ran: Did he forfeit a chance at a lower sentence by continuing to steal money from the school - even after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud? Skief, 32, son of the late founder of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, pleaded guilty in federal court in August to embezzling $88,000 from the charter and from the Harambee Institute, a related nonprofit.
January 24, 2014 |
A YEAR BEFORE the NAACP's national convention comes to Philadelphia, a lawyer for three officers of the local chapter is questioning whether longtime president J. Whyatt Mondesire has mismanaged the chapter's finances. "We're demanding answers," said Gerard Egan, who is representing former political aide Ducky Birts, restaurant owner Sydney Booker and the Rev. Elisha Morris. Egan, a former federal prosecutor, said he is also asking the state attorney general to investigate the matter, which was first reported by AxisPhilly.org.
January 15, 2014 |
West Philadelphia charter school chief executive Masai Skief has agreed to turn himself over to federal authorities this week while he waits sentencing on embezzlement charges. Skief, 32, CEO of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, said in court papers filed Monday that he would not dispute federal prosecutors' allegations he had used a debit card to steal money from Harambee after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges in August. Prosectors asked a federal judge last week to revoke Skief's bail because he had violated his plea agreement, which barred him from having access to Harambee funds.
January 10, 2014 |
AN EMOTIONALLY tense jury hopelessly deadlocked yesterday on 54 of 60 counts against charter-school founder Dorothy June Brown in her lengthy federal fraud trial, while unanimously acquitting her of six charges. "Emotions are running very high, tears have been shed and some jurors have experienced sickness," the jury foreman wrote in a note to U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick. Brown, 76, who founded four charter schools, was accused of defrauding them of $6.7 million. Three jurors said afterward that the panel of nine women and three men were split 9-3 on 54 counts.
January 8, 2014 |
The jury in the federal fraud trial of charter-school founder Dorothy June Brown was not able to resume deliberations Monday because one member could not get to the courthouse because of inclement weather. U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick said deliberations would resume Wednesday. Jurors in the $6.7 million fraud trial have not met since Dec. 19, when - after more than a week of deliberations - the foreman indicated they were having problems reaching consensus on the 60 counts facing Brown.
December 21, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA After five weeks of testimony about phantom board members, fabricated documents, and forged signatures, the federal jury in the Dorothy June Brown charter-school fraud trial acquitted her two codefendants Thursday and indicated it was divided on the charges against Brown. In a partial verdict after more than five days of deliberations, the jury said it had not reached agreement on any of the 60 counts against the 76-year-old Brown, who is accused of defrauding the four charter schools she founded of $6.7 million, and participating in a scheme to cover it up. But the panel of nine women and three men acquitted her codefendants of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in connection with the alleged cover-up.
December 19, 2013 |
The federal jurors weighing 63 charges in the Dorothy June Brown fraud trial ended their third full day of deliberations Tuesday without a verdict. The jury in the complex case is sifting through mounds of evidence that was presented over 15 days during the trial and reviewing documents. Brown is charged with defrauding the four charter schools that she founded of $6.7 million and then participating in a scheme with two former administrators to cover it up. The defendants are facing counts of fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.