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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.
NEWS
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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September 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
STANDING BEFORE U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez, former Municipal Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr., 61, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of mail fraud and one count of honest-services wire fraud. "Are you guilty of committing these crimes?" Sanchez asked. "Yes, your honor, I am," Waters responded. Yesterday's plea came on the heels of Waters' immediate voluntary resignation from the bench, which he submitted Tuesday. Waters had been under federal investigation for more than a year, and charges were brought yesterday in the form of a document called an information, as opposed to an indictment.
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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.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Mark Fazlollah, and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid, and line the pockets of family members and close political allies. The 11-term Democratic congressman, who holds a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, was charged in a 29-count racketeering conspiracy indictment that alleges he channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay off an illegal $1 million campaign loan as well as the college debts of son Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. In addition, federal authorities said, Fattah, 58, accepted bribes including stacks of cash, payments toward a Poconos vacation home, and college tuition for an au pair from a lobbyist seeking his help to land an ambassadorship with the Obama White House.
NEWS
November 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
They calmly sat in the second row of Courtroom 12A on Thursday, while the 90-minute PowerPoint presentation from hell was played. As gruesome details of the Tacony dungeon master's scheme were retold, some in the packed room sobbed. But the four victims of Linda Weston who were there were stoic. The hearing to sentence Weston, who enslaved and tortured disabled adults so she could steal their benefits checks, was a formality. She pleaded guilty to 196 federal counts in September and accepted a prison term of life plus 80 years.
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A husband-and-wife team charged in a multimillion-dollar time-share scam was convicted Thursday of conspiracy and related charges, along with two other employees, in a case watched closely by the vacation industry, which has been hit repeatedly in recent years with similar scams. Adam and Ashley Lacerda, cofounders of Vacation Ownership Group L.L.C., now known as VO Financial Corp., were convicted by a federal jury in Camden - he on 13 counts, she on six - of conspiracy and mail and wire fraud.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, with orchestrating an alleged $1.8 million fake-invoice scam. Douglas S. Rae, 58, of Bethlehem, could face 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine, and payment of full restitution on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and money laundering, federal prosecutors said in documents filed last week. Rae submitted $900,000 in fake invoices directly to QVC through two companies he controlled, Lighting Equipment Sales & Service Inc. and Lighting Products International Inc., according to the indictment.
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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April 21, 2016
A Philadelphia woman was indicted Tuesday on charges of stealing more than $102,000 in Social Security benefits paid to her grandmother after her death. A federal grand jury found that 47-year-old Martha Stanley took her grandmother's Social Security payments for nearly nine years after her death. Stanley had lived with her grandmother, identified in the indictment only as M.S., until she died in June 2005. Social Security payments continued to be deposited in M.S.'s bank account until March 2014, and were withdrawn by Stanley, the indictment alleges.
NEWS
November 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
They calmly sat in the second row of Courtroom 12A on Thursday, while the 90-minute PowerPoint presentation from hell was played. As gruesome details of the Tacony dungeon master's scheme were retold, some in the packed room sobbed. But the four victims of Linda Weston who were there were stoic. The hearing to sentence Weston, who enslaved and tortured disabled adults so she could steal their benefits checks, was a formality. She pleaded guilty to 196 federal counts in September and accepted a prison term of life plus 80 years.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, with orchestrating an alleged $1.8 million fake-invoice scam. Douglas S. Rae, 58, of Bethlehem, could face 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine, and payment of full restitution on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and money laundering, federal prosecutors said in documents filed last week. Rae submitted $900,000 in fake invoices directly to QVC through two companies he controlled, Lighting Equipment Sales & Service Inc. and Lighting Products International Inc., according to the indictment.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, for allegedly orchestrating the submission of $1.8 million in bogus invoices between 2006 and 2013. Douglas S. Rae, a 58-year-old Bethlehem man, faces 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine and paying full restitutiton on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, federal prosecutors say in court documets filed last week.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
OH, THIS GUY AGAIN. Leaford George Cameron, a wannabe lawyer who looks more like a crazed hypnotist, made news in 2013 when he was arrested by Delaware County authorities for allegedly impersonating an attorney. When detectives asked whether he was licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, "his reply was that he should be," according to the criminal complaint. Now, Cameron is in even bigger trouble. U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger announced yesterday that Cameron, 62, of Burlington, N.J., has been indicted for mail fraud, wire fraud and false statements.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER and DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
DID YOU HEAR that noise yesterday morning? That was the sound of the other shoe dropping. Of course, it dropped on Twitter. The first tweets to emerge from an 11 a.m. news conference - Fattah indicted - reverberated from Independence Mall to Washington, D.C. Nearly a year after U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Phila., was ominously described as "Elected Official A" in a former aide's plea deal, federal prosecutors gathered on the eighth floor of...
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Mark Fazlollah, and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid, and line the pockets of family members and close political allies. The 11-term Democratic congressman, who holds a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, was charged in a 29-count racketeering conspiracy indictment that alleges he channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay off an illegal $1 million campaign loan as well as the college debts of son Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. In addition, federal authorities said, Fattah, 58, accepted bribes including stacks of cash, payments toward a Poconos vacation home, and college tuition for an au pair from a lobbyist seeking his help to land an ambassadorship with the Obama White House.
NEWS
July 26, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
FORMER TRAFFIC Court Judge Fortunato Perri Sr. will get no jail time for his involvement in the ticket-fixing scandal that brought down Philadelphia Traffic Court. Perri, 78, yesterday was sentenced to two years probation and a $4,000 fine. He accepted gifts such as seafood and car repairs in exchange for dismissing traffic violations. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to four charges: conspiracy, mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud. "I would just like to say I'm sorry for the trouble I caused, and I apologize to the court," Perri said during the sentencing.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN A PASSIONATE plea to a federal judge, the defense lawyer for Thomasine Tynes said yesterday that the former president judge of Philadelphia Traffic Court did wrong, but should not have to go to prison. "We got lucky at trial," attorney Louis Busico surprisingly admitted in a courtroom packed with about 60 of Tynes' supporters. "The evidence was overwhelming that those guys were fixing tickets from Day 1. But mail fraud and wire fraud were the square pegs in the round holes. " Busico argued that Tynes' cooperation with a local bribery investigation, her myriad of health problems and her life's story from overcoming abuse to rising up as the first female, African-American president judge of Traffic Court should all be taken into account and that the "fabric of her soul" should be rewarded.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER day-care-center operator, who faces an involuntary-manslaughter trial in the 2012 death of a 7-year-old boy, was sentenced yesterday to five years, three months behind bars in a separate federal case for defrauding the state Department of Public Welfare of nearly $1.5 million. Tianna Edwards, 32, opened two Tianna's Terrific Tots day-care centers: in 2008 on Germantown Avenue near Juniata Street in Nicetown, and in 2009 on Rising Sun Avenue near 13th Street in North Philly.
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