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June 24, 2011
TRENTON - A Bucks County woman has admitted stealing more than $400,000 from Dow Jones & Co. Federal prosecutors say Jacqueline Bucco, 32, of Bensalem, faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 13. Bucco pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal complaint charging her with wire fraud. She admitted she accessed a dormant internal system that contained company funds and transferred money to three bank accounts she controlled. Bucco worked at the Dow Jones office in Monmouth Junction for about two years before leaving the firm in March.
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August 30, 1996 | By Kristin Vaughan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For years, Bob Landau has fought the system here, crusading against what he perceives as the ills of township government and school district policies. Some hail him as a reformer; others call him a pest. But his years as an activist stood Landau in good stead this month when he pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges. Instead of sending Landau to jail - he could have faced five years in prison - U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle 3d sentenced him to five months in a halfway house, to be followed by five months' house arrest.
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December 16, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County criminal investigator's romance with a mortgage broker has cost her her job and could send her to prison for obtaining a fraudulent loan, officials said. Asha Ritchards, 31, of Sicklerville, appeared yesterday in U.S. District Court in Camden, where she tearfully pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and admitted she lied on loan applications for a house her then-boyfriend used as a rental property. "She fell in love with this guy. He's a smooth-talking, handsome guy," defense attorney Leonard S. Baker said.
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June 3, 1997 | By Julia C. Martinez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The former president of a Blue Bell insurance brokerage accused by fellow executives of absconding with the company's money was charged in federal court yesterday with stealing $600,500 in cash and fleeing to the Cayman Islands in 1995. David G. Bockius, 33, back now and living in Springfield, claims the money was stolen from him in Jamaica, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Goldberg said after the charges were announced. The prosecutor said Bockius was arrested May 16 and released five days later after putting up a real-estate bond that included his house, his father's house and a 1964 Corvette.
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July 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 5, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
Three friends face the possibility of serious prison time after pleading guilty yesterday in connection with a scheme to sell stolen merchandise on eBay. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick set sentencing for February. Under preliminary advisory-sentencing guidelines, the three defendants, all of whom pleaded guilty in federal district court to wire and mail fraud, could potentially face 41 to 51 months in a federal lockup. Authorities said Evan Appel, 34, of Northeast Philadelphia; Nathan Allen Kriegler, 43, of Holland, Bucks County; and Ryan Pollack, 34, of Abington, Montgomery County, conducted fraudulent transactions with 19 retailers from March 2008 to January 2010 using shell companies.
NEWS
February 3, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert Moy was a king of Chinatown ticket-fixers, according to federal authorities, even advertising his surefire services in the newspaper. "Tackles the traffic ticket," said an ad in the local China News Weekend, "and guarantees no points or fewer points. " The day after being indicted on charges that could send him to prison for years, Moy was open for business on Friday, running Number One Translations on the second floor of a building at 926 Winter St. Two giant stone Foo Dogs stood out front.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two brothers who operated a Feasterville ambulance company, MedEx Ambulance Inc., pleaded guilty to overcharging Medicare by $2.5 million for the transport of kidney patients to dialysis who could have gotten there safely by other means, United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announced Tuesday. The brothers, Aleksandr N. Zagorodny and Sergey Zagorodny, pleaded guilty to all charges in a 41-count indictment charging them with health care fraud, false statements in connection with health care matters, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, the prosecutor's office said.
SPORTS
February 29, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF REPORT
The arraignment for two high school friends of disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy is scheduled for this morning in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Thomas Martino and James Battista, who were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month, will appear before Judge Carol Amon. Donaghy, a Drexel Hill native, pleaded guilty before Amon in August to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and transmitting betting information. He is to be sentenced April 18. Martino, 42, of Marcus Hook, is charged with lying to the grand jury in 2007.
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July 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 24, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
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.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 10, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 21, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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